Welfare repeal is not the answerOne of the biggest and...

LETTERS

August 09, 1996

Welfare repeal is not the answer

One of the biggest and worst problems with the recent welfare repeal is that many who support this carnage aren't on welfare and apparently have little understanding of it -- in mind or in spirit.

Anyone thinking that this action is appropriate or moral does not understand or appreciate being in need -- at least, not yet. And what's going to happen after the five-year limitations? What's going to happen to all those children? Does anyone care?

If deadbeats are the problem, then we should go after the deadbeats. If criminals are the problem, go after the criminals. But why does anyone think that withholding the basic necessities from innocent children will solve anything -- either for this generation or future generations?

Our answer does not rest in welfare repeal. The answer rests in legitimate and honest reform to correct a problem and to make the system better.

Doug J. Schmenner

Baltimore

The campaign against Maryland racing

Where did all the horses go?

This is the headline that will surely replace the current bad press regarding racing officials and campaign contributions. At this crucial time in the Maryland racing industry when we must move forward just to survive, there seems to be an agenda to circumvent our efforts. Who would do this and why?

Let's try to put things in perspective. Joe De Francis exceeded the allowable limit for campaign contributions, but Gov. Parris Glendening was ''shocked'' to learn this. If he didn't know about this, there was certainly no influence peddling!

What there was, methinks, was an over-zealous attempt by Mr. De Francis to save an industry and, in doing so, to save his business.

Was this daft? Yes. Was this criminal? I don't think so. Did it warrant the press coverage it received? Definitely not.

Follow-up story:

Businessman loans money to friend. Friend repays money many years ago with interest. Businessman owns horses. Friend is a member of the Maryland Racing Commission. This is a non-story, not sensational, with only the slightest hint of impropriety and it is only the governor's reaction that makes it so.

Racing is at a pivotol point in Maryland history. We can rally around slot machines if that is what it takes to remain competitive.

If you don't race or breed horses, or buy and sell land for the farms, or sell fertilizer, or spread fertilizer, or make fertilizer, or sell the wood for the fences, or put up the fences, or build the barns, or paint the barns, or sell the paint, or drive the tractor, or make the tractor, or sell the diesel fuel, or a veterinarian, or sell vet supplies, or make horse feed, or sell horse feed, or deliver horse feed, or sell saddles, bridles and jockey silks -- but 'N especially if you don't utilize the millions of dollars of revenue generated by racing and if you think that horse racing doesn't affect you -- disregard this letter.

Roger Bronzine

Cockeysville

Travesty of justice at Naval Academy

I read with a great deal of interest the July 27 letter to the editor from Michael Podberesky, an Annapolis midshipman, regarding the case of Midshipman Jennifer N. Della Barba.

First of all, Midshipman Della Barba did not dish dirt. She was quoted in the article.

Sputtering career? Her assignments were as an assistance company officer training plebes this summer, office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September and flight school in February. Hardly sounds sputtering to me.

Additionally, it is doubtful that Mr. Podberesky has any information on this case in that the proceedings of the honor board are supposed to be kept confidential. If he has first-hand knowledge, that is a violation of the honor code.

It sounds to me that Mr. Podberesky is basing his assumptions on rumors, gossip and false accusations, all of which have played a large role in this travesty of justice.

I certainly hope that Mr. Podberesky is not representative of future naval officers.

Goldie M. Eckl

Weymouth, Mass.

C7 The writer is the mother of Midshipman Della Barba.

Saluting the true Olympic spirit

Congratulations to all the Olympic competitors.

A special thank you to men's marathoner Abdul Wasigi of Afghanistan for showing us that he was the best even though his was the slowest recorded time in an Olympic marathon.

While people were probably laughing at him, he did not give up. He set a goal for himself. He showed my children the true spirit of being a winner.

Barbara Garber

Baltimore

An outrage in broad daylight

Hardly a day goes by here, in the inner city, that someone from our agency or from some other building or business in the downtown area does not get robbed, assaulted or verbally abused on the streets surrounding Market Center.

I work for an agency that was forced to move into one of the old department stores within the inner city under the pretext of revitalizing the downtown area.

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