Readers' views on Sauerbrey-Glendening II

SATURDAY MAILBOX

October 31, 1998

It seems that Ellen R. Sauerbrey's handlers and spin artists have taught her the basic lesson of Maryland politics: In this heavily Democratic state, no Republican can be elected without the support of many moderate Democratic voters.

Theodore R. McKeldin, a recognized integrationist, had no difficulty defeating the segregationist H.C. "Curley" Byrd for the governorship with the help of many progressive Democrats.

Charles McC. Mathias, a recognized moderate Republican, easily defeated his conservative opponent, J. Glenn Beall, for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Even Spiro T. Agnew was preferred by Democrats over the racist Democratic candidate for governor, George P. Mahoney.

The difference, however, between these moderate Republicans and the new, improved moderate, Ellen R. Sauerbrey, is that their voting records showed them to be what they claimed to be, and hers does not.

In the legislature, she voted "no" on legislation to prevent anti-abortion extremists from approaching family planning clinics, against environmental legislation, against children's health insurance that would have provided coverage at minimal cost, against a bill allowing employees to sue for back wages, against protecting the constitutional rights of the disabled and against fair housing legislation and Maryland's Civil Rights Act.

Ms. Sauerbrey is against measures to control guns, even assault weapons. She opposed business incentive programs, freedom of choice for women and almost everything that she is now for the moment trying to appear to support or not to oppose.

She calls for pie-in-the-sky tax reductions that would damage Maryland's economy and shift the tax burden from one group to a more vulnerable one in raising necessary funds to maintain services.

Despite constitutional guarantees of separation of church and state, she supports a voucher program that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars to private schools from the public schools, which are essential to a functioning democracy.

In all that she truly believes and has supported, she is a comrade of religious right-wing extremists.

These are the true colors of the tiger that purrs like a pussycat for campaign purposes. But most Democratic voters see through the disguise.

Jack L. Levin

Baltimore

Blind to schools

Your endorsement of Gov. Parris N. Glendening shows your paper has blinders on when it comes to what is happening in our schools.

I have been teaching in Maryland schools for the past 26 years, and I am a product of the public schools and Towson State University.

The first issue is discipline.

Why should a child who has three or four letters after his or her name (ADD or ADHD, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hypertensive disorder) be permitted to disrupt a classroom and be defended by lawyers and child advocates while no one speaks for the 27 to 30 classmates?

Instead of teaching all the children, the teacher must accommodate one, two or three children while the rest of the class goes untaught.

The "teachers' governor" wants to make discipline a priority.

I have been in a Glendening school, and it is as undisciplined today as it was four years ago.

Maryland kids need a new leader who is not afraid to mention getting tough on discipline.

Patricia A. Patterson

Falling Waters, W.Va.

The writer is a teacher at Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown.

Just a political con

In his column "Considering the realities of governorship" (Oct. 11), Barry Rascovar asked the right question but came up with a muddled answer.

The question: "Should Ellen R. Sauerbrey's revised positions on issues be taken seriously, or is it a political con?

From this African-American perspective, her revised positions are insincere and are all about getting elected. Her history with the African-American community provides us with a perfect example.

In her years in the Maryland General Assembly, when she wasn't voting against our interests, she was ignoring us.

Four years ago, when she ran for governor, she ignored our vote. When she lost the election, she viciously attacked the integrity of the African-American leadership of Baltimore City. She alleged that they conspired to commit fraud and deny her the victory.

Her allegations were thoroughly investigated and found to be without merit.

This year, as she again runs for governor, she has changed her tactics. She visits our churches and she makes sure we are seen in her television ads. All of a sudden, she wants to be our friend.

Make no mistake about it, Ms. Sauerbrey has never been, and is not now, our friend. It's all a political con.

The day after the general election, the real Ellen Sauerbrey will reappear. African Americans can only hope that she doesn't reappear as governor.

William B. Garrett

Baltimore

Governor riding coattails

I have watched the Maryland gubernatorial debate and am left with a reinforced belief that the governor is relying on everyone's reputation but his own.

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