Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 09, 2003

Raising taxes would only hurt state economy

It's no surprise that The Sun suggests raising taxes in order to cover the budget shortfall. But why can't we start by cutting unnecessary government waste ("Structured solution," editorial, Nov. 2)?

Why shouldn't Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. request a top-to-bottom review of all state agencies to determine what waste can be eliminated before introducing new taxes?

And don't tell me that there is no government waste, because as any Sun reader knows, the state just got finished building luxurious $400,000 townhomes for public housing residents in Annapolis ("Annapolis housing development to open doors to residents today," Nov. 3).

Why must raising taxes on the working class and the businesses who employ them always be the option of choice for this newspaper?

The state has plenty of money; it is just not being spent wisely. We must look at each and every expenditure, and determine if there is a different way that we should be allocating our money.

Perhaps somebody should contact outgoing California Gov. Gray Davis to get a lesson on the adverse effect that raising business taxes can have on a state's economy.

You can't take the few businesses and people who keep the state afloat and continuously try to pound every penny out of them without dire economic consequences.

Michael DeCicco

Severn

Opulent housing, government excess

The new Bloomsbury Square public housing community in downtown Annapolis is a striking testament to the excesses of government ("For eager residents, the long wait is over," Nov. 4).

Bloomsbury Square is a beautiful community. In fact, the residents are living in far more opulent housing than I can afford.

Where do I sign up?

Bruce Alexander

Chestertown

Sense of entitlement will ruin the nation

The caption above The Sun's article on the opening of the Bloomsbury Square public housing community in downtown Annapolis read: "We deserve this place after all we've been through" ("For eager residents the long wait is over," Nov. 4).

I'm incredulous.

If the article had been written about someone who has worked hard and earned the money to purchase or even rent an Annapolis townhome on the open market, I would say, "Bravo."

How many among us would love to live in a $400,000 water-view townhome in Annapolis? But the only people who deserve to live in such homes are those who have worked, earned and saved enough to purchase one. Period.

And this disturbing sense of entitlement will be, if it continues unabated, the eventual ruin of this nation.

Michael A. Carper

Fallston

Drivers must learn to respect the rules

Let's take our hats off to the police for giving tickets to drivers not yielding the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks ("Crosswalk citation stings driving some to lawyers," Nov. 4).

I don't know what it is about drivers in this state who can't see those painted stripes in the road or learn what to do when someone is crossing the street. But on more than one occasion a driver has failed to stop when my wife and I have been in a marked crosswalk; the latest instance occurred last week in front of the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.

It is time for drivers to start taking responsibility for their lack of respect for traffic laws and quit blaming the police or the justice system for punishing them when they violate the rules.

Kelly P. Rowe

Bowie

Hold pedestrians responsible, too

It's nice to see that police are placing so much emphasis on pedestrian safety ("Crosswalk citation stings driving some to lawyers," Nov. 4). But I must ask one question: How many pedestrian injuries or fatalities actually occur when pedestrians are in the crosswalk where they belong?

I would venture to guess that more fatalities occur when pedestrians dart out into traffic unexpectedly. However, I assume police won't be increasing the amount of jaywalking citations given, nor will people be threatened with jail time for jaywalking.

There are two sides to this issue, and pedestrians should be held accountable for their unlawful behavior as well.

Nikki Brockhoff

Perry Hall

Bush's nominees threaten our rights

I would like to thank the Democrats in the Senate for their patriotism in blocking the nomination of Mississippi Judge Charles W. Pickering Sr. to the federal appellate court in New Orleans ("`Big fight' brewing on judicial nominee," Oct. 31).

Judge Pickering's hostility to women's rights and civil rights reflects the extreme conservative views of President Bush and is outside of the American mainstream.

There is no judicial vacancy crisis. In fact, there are fewer vacancies today than there have been in 13 years. Republicans created a vacancy crisis by blocking dozens of President Bill Clinton's nominees, but Democrats have taken the high road and worked with Republicans to approve more than 165 of Mr. Bush's judicial nominees in the past three years, while blocking just four.

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