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December 07, 1996

Beware of lobbyists bearing gifts

Is there a similarity between cash payoffs by contractors to influential politicians and gift-giving from lobbyists?

We recall the conviction of Dale Anderson and resignation of Spiro Agnew as examples. There was abuse of public trust.

The question arises of why legislators should condone the practice of lobbyists' gifts, leaving them exposed to public criticism and possibly jeopardizing careers.

Bill Arwady

Towson

Drill instructors have to be tough

This letter is a point-by-point response to Usha Nellore's letter of Nov. 30, "Army's brutish training doesn't produce victories." It takes a disciplined army to accomplish the planning of a capable commander. An effective army -- including Ulysses' -- had both disciplined strength and cunning shrewdness.

Bosnia is a grotesque example of the survival of the fittest, with undefined and ill-equipped lines of conflict: not a good situation for anyone. Had they received the ''brutish'' training our soldiers have, despite the lack of arms, many more would be alive today.

I do agree that women bring many unique qualities to the military, but strategy and accurate timing are not strictly female attributes. Most experienced commanders, male and female, think before they act and think hard. The responsibility of so many of America's brightest and best is an awesome one.

Every soldier has the right to demand the best preparation to help assure her safe return. This necessitates being pushed and pushed hard during training to find the depths of frustration and fear through which one is able to effectively function and survive. There is not a soldier, officer or enlisted, who does not both cringe and give thanks at the memory of the DI (drill instructor).

Subordination is necessary in the military for survival and therefore so should be the consequences for taking advantage of it. But it is not possible that every woman's complaint is justified and that no woman would ever use her sex to destroy a superior's position.

To believe that sexual harassment is more of a problem in the military than in the civilian work place is beyond naivete. The military will correct this problem, as it has many other problems, with strict, fair discipline and new, stronger policies. And probably no better or worse than it is being corrected elsewhere in our society.

Adele Fryer

Baltimore

The writer is a colonel in the Army reserve, with 22 years of service.

Welcome center needed on I-83

The Nov. 17 editorial, ''Accidental tourist,'' expressed support for the development of a welcome center for visitors entering Maryland from Pennsylvania on Interstate 83. Please know that Gov. Parris Glendening, the Department of Business and Economic Development and the Department of Transportation concur with your position.

In Maryland, highway welcome centers are the result of the collaborative efforts of the State Highway Administration, which designs and constructs the facilities, and the Office of Tourism Development, which provides the exhibits and operates the facilities.

Both agencies recognize the fact that I-83 in Baltimore County remains the last major entry point into Maryland without a center for welcoming visitors and providing the travel and tourism information they require.

The State Highway Administration is presently engaged in the planning and design of a welcome center for Interstate 83.

We look forward to the completion of that work and the eventual budgetary approvals that will enable us to bring this facility on line so that Maryland can expand upon its already very aggressive tourism marketing efforts.

R. Dean Kenderdine

Baltimore

The writer is assistant secretary of tourism, film and the arts for the state Department of Business and Economic Development.

Business growth causes benefits

Congratulations to the editors of The Sun for two outstanding and farsighted Dec. 2 editorials -- "A company on the move" and "I-95: 'I' is now for investment."

Both editorials have one theme in common -- they are unabashedly pro-business. After years of taking a back seat, pro-business news is getting front-page and editorial page attention at The Sun.

The move of Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. to Baltimore City and the proposed new investments at the Avenue at White Marsh along the I-95 corridor north of Baltimore are examples of good things that are beginning to happen in Maryland.

When thriving businesses choose to locate in our cities and counties, when businesses and governments make far-sighted infrastructure investments and when we create the environment in which businesses can thrive, the entire state benefits.

Such investments create jobs. They also help expand our tax base and generate net new revenues. Such projects and investments help stem the decline of our communities, and help us revitalize our cities.

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