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LETTERS

November 03, 1996

Fought not to let voters sit on sidelines

I keep hearing and reading that people do not vote because they do not agree with the present government. The most important way they can change the government is to vote, otherwise officials will be elected by a minority of voters. A country where the minority rules will be the dire result (i.e., 104th Congress).

Term limits will be an open invitation for criminal takeover of the government. Who will apply for a job which guarantees a layoff, no matter how excellent one performs?

Did I spend 20 years risking my life in the military in vain, protecting your freedom to vote, and you sit on your duff? Wake up before it is too late.

Frank O. Long

Glen Burnie

Reform we need comes from the right

In response to the Oct. 22 letter from Vincent A. Henderson ("Nothing wrong with being liberal"), I would like to point out some of the most obvious flaws in his argument.

First, his statement that "one with liberal intent will view the progress and reform of our country and will match that with appropriate, progressive policy to meet new needs and curtail antiquated ones" sounds good on paper but lends no credence whatsoever to the current administration. President Clinton signed the welfare bill due to public pressure despite the opposition to the bill of the most liberal members of Congress.

In fact, with regards to welfare, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security reform, the liberals in Congress are very content with the status quo. It is the conservatives in Congress, led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who have undertaken the task of reforming policy to meet new needs and curtail antiquated ones.

The powerful teachers' unions, who made up such an astounding percentage of the delegates to the Democratic convention, have fought tooth and nail against any type of innovative teaching/administration initiatives (school vouchers, prayer in school, mandatory competency testing), all in favor of the status quo -- woefully abysmal public eduction system.

The amount of money which the powerful unions pour into the Democratic coffers virtually ensures that the status quo will remain in the mainstream of liberal philosophy. When is the last time that you heard of any union lobby for real change? The outpouring of dollars from the state and federal workers unions is earmarked to enhance government spending, not restrict it. The agenda of the AFL-CIO with its $250 million ad campaign is to prevent downsizing and out-sourcing (i.e., stifle technology and prevent competition).

The Democrats have never met a program they didn't like and wish to expand. I am of ample mental capacity to take care of myself and I would prefer that the liberals keep their bloated, wasteful programs to themselves and their hands out of my pocket.

Mike DeCicco

Severn

Adequate facilities law needs revision

The Oct. 22 Sun editorial regarding assisted living facilities for seniors, "Gray menace?," correctly cited the requirements of county law relative to the need for public hearings. Unmentioned in the editorial, however, was the significance of the county adequate facilities law, which was intended to accommodate it.

In my judgment, there is a serious gap in this law, which requires subdivisions affecting more than three lots to meet the requirements of the adequate facilities law, but not large, single-use commercial projects or subdivided commercial developments of three or fewer lots.

In other words, a large assisted living facility, accompanied by an office building or medical complex on a subdivided parcel of three or fewer lots, could avoid the requirements of the adequate facilities law, even though the traffic generated by this development could aggravate already overburdened roads. Recognizing this problem, the county administration several years ago offered a proposal as part of an omnibus zoning bill to require that large single use commercial development must fall under the purview of the adequate facilities law. This worthwhile proposal should be resubmitted by the county administration. The need for scrutiny of assisted living facilities planned for residential land has been well-established.

Equally important is an analysis of the compliance of a large, single or multiple use commercial development with the adequate facilities law. In certain instances, it is not the nature of the business, but the nature of the impact of the business that is the critical factor.

Del. John R. Leopold

Pasadena

The writer represents Legislative District 31 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Peter Jay's broad tar brush

Peter A. Jay's quote (Oct. 20), "Even in the president's party, the notion is taking hold that intact families -- meaning a husband, a wife and children -- really do matter," is followed by an admonition for Mr. Clinton to take the matter of illegitimacy seriously.

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