Partisanship is the hallmark of Glendening's rule The...


September 24, 2001

Partisanship is the hallmark of Glendening's rule

The Sun's article "Glendening relishes role outside Md." (Sept. 16) noted that Gov. Parris N. Glendening plans to devote his last year in office to campaigning for Democrats. That's nothing new. For the past seven years, Mr. Glendening has acted more like governor of the Democratic Party than governor of Maryland.

His budgets have overwhelmingly favored Democratic constituencies. He has appointed an overwhelmingly Democratic judiciary and used "Smart Growth" to attack jurisdictions such as Carroll County that vote Republican.

And, unlike former Gov.William Donald Schaefer, he has forged no ties with the Republican White House. That is why President Bush easily ignored Mr. Glendening's wishes on a Project Labor Agreement for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Partisanship certainly has its place. Unfortunately, it has consumed and defined Mr. Glendening's administration.

I hope the next governor will be more of a statesman than a campaign worker.

David Marks

Perry Hall

Turn Baltimore over to the state

Although I reside in Baltimore County, I own property and operate a business in the city and believe that the writer of the letter "Bolster Baltimore by enlarging the city" (Sept. 8) is correct that annexation of much of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties would solve many of the city's fiscal and political problems.

However, the Maryland legislature removed Baltimore's annexation powers years ago and it would be politically impossible to restore those powers in the near future. But, since Baltimore City is not a part of any county, perhaps a referendum to revoke the City Charter could make it a ward of the state.

If so, the legislature could start from scratch, spending all its time and resources directly funding and governing Baltimore.

I'm sure the rest of the state would be grateful for the respite.

H. Richard Piet


Terrapin Club funds aid to student-athletes

The sole purpose of the Terrapin Club is to fund scholarships for student-athletes at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Terrapin Club is never asked to comment on the performance of players, teams, or coaches; nor does it attempt to "lean on the athletic director."

Michael Olesker's suggestions to the contrary are untrue ("Nothing `amateur' about Terps ticket plan," Sept. 11).

In fact, Mr. Olesker's entire column is filled with inaccuracies. His statement that donations made by Building Partners go to the school's booster club (read, Terrapin Club) is but one more example.

Building Partners donations are used to help pay for construction of the new arena, not for scholarships.

Bob Baker


The writer is president of the Terrapin Club.

Better drug treatment bodes well for the city

It was most welcome news to hear of improvements in Baltimore's drug treatment program ("Better drug treatment suggests turnaround," Sept. 17).

It is encouraging to know some things in this city are working well.

Phyllis Sachs


Tax cuts aimed at the rich won't revive our economy

President Bush's tax cut does little to stimulate the economy, especially since 40 percent of the benefits go to the richest 1 percent of the people. Now he wants to cut their taxes even further by reducing capital gains taxes ("Bush is said to back cut in capital gains," Sept. 10).

How many more mansions or fancy cars will Bill Gates and other mega-rich types buy with their extra millions?

A true stimulus package would cut payroll taxes while keeping the budget balanced in the long term by rescinding the excessive tax cut passed by the Republican Congress and White House.

Roger Fitzgerald


Social Security can help millions, if it's left alone

Social Security has helped and will help millions -- if the system is untouched by politicians and left to people such as former Commissioner Robert M. Ball.

B. J. Small


President has earned the nation's gratitude

As a native Marylander and registered Democrat, I have voted for a Democrat in every presidential election since 1972, including the election of 2000.

But President Bush's leadership in the current national crisis and his speech to the nation Thursday have been so correct in every analysis that I am regretting not voting for him.

He is truly my president and has earned the nation's undying gratitude.

Richard H. Schoen


All-day kindergarten doesn't merit state funding

After reading The Sun's article "Study is fuel for full-day kindergarten" (Sept. 11), I want to tell State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick to "Wake up and smell the Play Dough."

The study found that all-day kindergarten did not benefit all students. So why advocate spending taxpayers' money on all-day kindergarten for all students?

As a 15-year teaching veteran currently on child-rearing leave, my experience indicates a need for higher-ups to ask kindergarten teachers what they need to assist them in providing for individual students' needs.

Mary E. McKnight

Ellicott City

Prank shouldn't obscure Hereford High's triumphs

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