Sex offenders need programsThis is in response to the Aug...


September 07, 1997

Sex offenders need programs

This is in response to the Aug. 21 Metro section article on the canceling of a sex offender program at Taylor Manor in Ellicott City.

Maryland is in drastic need of sex offender treatment facilities. There is presently a sex offender treatment facility at the Charles H. Hickey School in Baltimore County; however, more are needed.

The key to preventing juveniles from re-offending is to implement sex offender programs in the community with a family therapy component.

Family therapy sessions cannot be conducted after you transfer juveniles to other states.

The state of Maryland has many qualified therapists, clinicians and social workers to deal with these offenders.

Phil Bellios


Deer cause damage, should be harvested

The deer population explosion causes billions of dollars in property and crop damage and creates health hazards.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria found in deer and transmitted by ticks. In 1996, more than 16,000 cases were reported.

Deer-vehicle collisions total more than 400,000 a year.

Hungry herds continue to destroy local ecosystems and habitats in Maryland.

The best solution: Kill them and eat them.

The venison should be donated to food banks.

Joseph Lerner


High-tech weapons for dry weather

So the ''Stealth'' bomber can't be out in the rain. Even being sheltered by the House of Representatives is not enough?

Mary O. Styrt


Income disparity is not narrowing

In his Aug. 21 essay, George Will reaches the apogee of obfuscation in his effort to deny the month-to-month reality of millions of American families who work longer hours than ever to make ends meet, while still trying to fulfill family imperatives. Will refers to the "minor" rise in economic inequality in recent years.

U.S. News and World Report has reported that between 1975 and 1992, the top 1 percent went from owning 25 percent of the nation's wealth to nearly 40 percent. This trend is likely to accelerate during the remainder of the decade and is antithetical to equalitarian trends in other Western capitalist economies such as Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, Will speaks of the rise of new leisure-time opportunities for American workers. I wonder what leisure indulgences and largess he might recommend for working couples barely able to pay mortgages and health insurance premiums or for the many other millions of minimum-wage Americans who even working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks per year, still fall at about the poverty line in earnings.

Bill Canter


Stable milk prices are Glendening's goal

An Aug. 24 editorial left the impression that Gov. Parris N. Glendening is after higher milk prices for consumers.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, his objective is to put Maryland's dairy industry, which is a key component of Maryland's agricultural economy, on solid footing.

Cash receipts to our dairy farmers are continuing to decline. If we lose this crucial industry, Maryland will become totally dependent on importing milk from other states, which in the long term will mean higher milk prices for all.

The Glendening administration's goal is to create an environment in Maryland that promotes the level of profitability of dairy farming. If we can do this, everyone will benefit -- from the producers of milk to those of us who drink it.

Lewis R. Riley


The writer is the Maryland agriculture secretary.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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