Visionary Art Museum was the only one openIt is ironic...


February 07, 1997

Visionary Art Museum was the only one open

It is ironic that City Life Museum, which has been struggling for money, chose to be closed for New Year's Day, on a day when many people had off and time to visit our many museums in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Museum of Art was also closed.

Still looking for a museum to visit, my husband and I took a chance on the Visionary Art Museum. It was open. We went, and we will return again.

It was because of the private funding that we thought the AVAM might be open. It is because of that type of thinking that I concur with LeRoy Hoffberger that the AVAM ''has the vision to persevere and flourish.''

I have had the pleasure of visiting the museum three times and recommend it to all out of town visitors and friends and family as well.

Rebecca Jean Key


No-fault legislation would help motorists

The trial lawyers' opposition to no-fault auto insurance, as expressed by Maryland Trial Lawyers Association president William O'Brien Finch (letter, Jan. 25) and Baltimore attorney Leo Ryan Jr. (letter, Jan. 9), offers a predictable porridge of half-truths and obfuscation.

What Mr. Finch and Mr. Ryan refer to as Maryland's no-fault coverage, is Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which has proven wholly ineffectual in reducing premium costs.

The studies cited by Mr. Finch as evidence of the higher cost of insurance in no-fault states disingenuously fail to mention that hybrid no-fault/tort systems, such as Maryland's, with low tort thresholds, actually serve to increase costs by inflating medical bills and building a stronger case for litigation.

Only pure no-fault or no-fault systems with high tort thresholds can significantly reduce consumer cost and preclude the

standard lawyers' canard of blaming high premiums on the insurance industry.

It is of timely significance that a former trial bar colleague of Mr. Finch and Mr. Ryan, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Gary I. Strausberg, has asked a Baltimore grand jury to investigate the proliferation of frivolous personal injury lawsuits in the state, despite a drop in motor vehicle collisions.

It is no secret that the high volume of meritless claims has overloaded court dockets and increased costs for everyone in the form of higher insurance premiums.

Clearly, the legislature cannot be the protector of entrenched greed, be it by the trial bar or the insurance industry. Any savings realized by pure no-fault legislation must be passed through to Maryland motorists or the legislation would be meaningless.

ohn R. Leopold


The writer is a member of the House of Delegates from Anne Arundel County.

Insiders' language has rules of its own

I am surprised that no one has drawn an apparent analogy between ''Ebonics'' and the sign language used by the profoundly hearing impaired.

Both have their own syntax and are used to communicate effectively within a group.

But to carry the analogy to its conclusion, I have observed that a number of those proficient in signs have difficulty in writing good standard English.

A ''white house'' becomes a ''house white.''

George Rupp


Klausmeier valuable on college board

We would like to take this opportunity to comment on the Jan. 18 article, ''County colleges inquiry launched.''

It mentioned that several of the current members of the Baltimore County Community College Board of Trustees have connections to local elected officials from the eastern side of the county.

One of the board members, G. Carl Klausmeier, brother-in-law of Del. Kathy Klausmeier, was appointed to the board before she ran for the House of Delegates.

Carl is a lifelong resident of the Perry Hall community, which tTC sees many of its residents attend Essex Community College.

An active member of the community and a successful business owner, Carl has made many valuable contributions to Perry Hall throughout the years.

Jim Ports Jr.

Al Redmer Jr.


The writers are members of the House of Delegates from the 8th District.

Pay for Md. tax cut by curtailing spending

The Jan. 26 editorial, ''Income tax cut = jobs'' makes me wonder whether you and the governor and various legislators think that Marylanders are stupid.

You and the politicos continue to want to play the smoke and mirrors game. ''That leaves the Taylor bill as the best hope.''

Surely the astute business people we hope to attract would be ecstatic about a modest income tax reduction covered by monthly increases in their health insurance premiums and phone bills sufficient to ''pay for the income tax cut.'' Are they dunces? Do you think that citizens are dunces?

The Republican proposal comes closest to the mark because it is the only one that ''pays for the tax cut'' by holding down the projected increases in future government spending.

You won't admit it, but Ellen Sauerbrey's level-headed, no-nonsense, no-smoke-and-mirrors approach is what legislators and Marylanders need to move this state ahead.

George W. Towle


Southwest success was due to community cooperation

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