A recent article stated that Maryland spent more than most states on its roads, per mile. However, the condition of the highways was average to poor.
The high expenditures, with less than good results, were attributed to top-heavy administrative costs. I believe this is a characteristic of all levels of our governments.
A good beginning would be the legislature. Let's cut legislators' salaries in half and give them 30 days each year to conduct business.
If they can't do it in 30 days, the extra time should be uncompensated. Not only would this save money, but it would reduce the proliferation of laws and pork barrel projects.
Baltimore Sun seen favoring Question 6
It is likely that by now everyone has gotten the message: The Baltimore Sun wants us to vote for Bill Clinton and for Question 6.
We guessed that The Baltimore Sun had tender feelings for Honest Bill when we noticed how forebearing and magnanimously understanding it was about his, ah, difficulties with keeping his draft stories straight from week to week.
We wait now to see what sympathetic explanations The Baltimore Sun will make for his anti-war activities in Europe and his little "mission to Moscow" during the war in Vietnam.
As for Question 6, after three lead editorials on three Sundays, we began to suspect The Baltimore Sun feels rather strongly that Maryland should have one of the nation's most liberal abortion policies.
It suggested that if we do not vote for abortion on demand (virtually assured by Question 6), Maryland will remain "without any provision for involving parents in a [teen-ager's] decision about abortion." It also hinted darkly that a vote for the measure is tantamount to a parental obligation.
The Baltimore Sun also has suggested that only due to the enlightened introduction of "legal, safe and accessible" destruction of developing life has the nasty business of abortion referral services been brought under control.
We seldom realize how high-minded Roe vs. Wade really was. Many of us were just uninformed about the innumerable side benefits of abortions. It is so good to have The Baltimore Sun to set us straight.
I'm a little confused by the admonition by health care professionals against using cow's milk in the first year of life. Instead, parents are urged to breast-feed or use iron-fortified "formula."
But what is the magic ingredient in this scientific-sounding "formula"? Moose milk?
The interesting semantic trick of referring to modified cow's milk as "formula" and the substance purchased in jugs and cartons at the supermarket as "cow's milk" is an excellent marketing technique.
Marketing of these "formulas" is actually aided by the American medical community's lukewarm support of breast-feeding.
Until American health-care professionals become more forceful and honest about the risks of artificial feeding, American infants and mothers will continue to be denied the benefits of breast feeding at greater rates than anywhere else in the world.
Kathleen M. Tremper
The future of the Baltimore metropolitan region demands that residents throughout the area recognize our shared interests.
Whether we live inside or outside the Beltway, or on one side or the other of a boundary line first drawn on what was then farmland, we face common problems in education, transportation and public safety.
Every urbanized subdivision in Maryland, except Baltimore City, has a legislative district that includes residents of a neighboring county under the existing legislative map, which was drawn 10 years ago. The new lines simply treat Baltimore City the same as its neighbors.
Despite what one of our colleagues has recently written, the true crime is that it has taken us this long to take this first but important step toward recognizing our shared concerns.
Samuel I. Rosenberg
The writers are, respectively, the senator and a delegate from the 42d legislative district.
Voters are being misled by the media about Clinton
. . . In 40 years of voting as a registered Democrat, I have never experienced an election such as the voter is faced with this year.
Voters are accustomed to the accusations between candidates, the childish bickering and, all too often, the lies.
But never in my memory has there been such a media blitz to misinform the country in order to promote one candidate over another.
Speeches with pertinent lines missing, photo shots eliminating the negative responses of the crowd showing only the applauding few, poll numbers reported on national news coming from liberal sources have bombarded the listener daily.
Never have I seen a voting population, outside of a movie, taken in by a man so obsessed with becoming president as Bill Clinton. A man who has trained himself since his teens, never working a day outside the political arena, who will promise anything to get elected. Some people are falling for this ruse.
A man who totally ignored Jesse Jackson at the convention, who embarrassed Mr. Jackson at a gathering by putting down a rap singer, who ignored Charlotte Perry, a black woman, for a promotion while changing the spec for a job so that Genifer Flowers could be hired in her place. Now getting the black vote; amazing. Only the conservative media will report these facts. . .
After the gulf war, the president was extremely high in the polls. No one ever mentioned the tax increase in 1990, and most still do not know what taxes were raised.
A worldwide recession began and the Democrats saw an opportunity to blame it on President Bush. He has nothing to do with the economy, but the people can't see that fact.
Governor Clinton's lack of moral character should be evident to most voters. He used every force he could muster to avoid serving his country. His constant lies change every day on how he manipulated the system and his involvement in Moscow during the Vietnam War, while young men went to their death. How could any military person honestly vote for this man?
Governor Clinton's economic plan, if executed, will never generate enough revenue by taxing the upper 2 percent of the country. If this group already pays 50 percent of the taxes collected, how is he going to take more? If forced to do so, it will simply force lay-offs. That will trickle down to the middle class and the poor.
Pay-or-play medical insurance, which was first introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy and did not pass, will break the backs of every small business in this country. Employers will have no choice but to lay off people to cover these costs.
There is now a liberal, tax-and-spend Congress that will see that Clinton plans go into effect. Economists across the country are already stating that this would be a disaster.
know which lever I must pull in November, and it will not be for Mr. Clinton.
Jean C. Kittel