Ross Perot is more trickster than fixer
After 12 years of Republican irresponsibility and a world that threatens to spin off its axis, we have been inundated with torrents of charts and speechifying by a manipulative and melodramatic Texan billionaire.
In numerous interviews, this man has diverted attention from the serious and meaningful issues presented to him, by cunningly monopolizing each interview with repetitious and inexhaustible buffoonery, with the interviews concluding in uproarious laughter and a much-relieved H. Ross Perot.
I have yet to speak with a Perot supporter who can even vaguely outline his agenda.
Let's crawl under the hood with "Mr. Fixit."
Are his supporters aware of his plan for a tax increase of $338 billion that exceeds President Clinton's by $70 billion?
Do they know that in his bag of tricks, there is an immense tax on health benefits?
Have they heard of his five-year, 50-cents-a-gallon plan to increase the price of gasoline?
Ross Perot is enjoying his stardom while safely inciting from the sideline, but is a disruptive force playing politics with the lives of tens of millions of naive and unfortunate American citizens.
Read his book and get to know Mr. Perot.
eon Peace Ried
Park Ave. Lodge
Referring to the letter of April 28, "Out of ashes," by Harold A. Smith:
The tragic fire referred to was April 3, at the Park Avenue Lodge, which has been owned by the Baltimore Washington Conference United Methodist Women for almost 75 years.
Rooms were leased to Catholic Charities and through an agreement with My Sister's Place.
Through the cry of the media, My Sister's Place has received, and I quote from the article, "gifts of time, money, food and clothing from individuals, corporations, foundations and dedicated volunteers."
The women of My Sister's Place were removed from the scene of the fire.
The women of Park Avenue Lodge have had to continue to live with the ashes from a fire that never should have happened.
It seems to me that Park Avenue Lodge lost not only part of its building but also its name in the fire. Park Avenue Lodge has been left with the ashes.
Ethelyn S. Lange
Another Earth Day has just passed and I am reminded of the decreasing concern for the environment.
I remember the first Earth Day in 1970 as a celebration of the planet. A united group met with many hopes and dreams to make the world a better place.
Although many of us still carry on these dreams and continue our fight for a healthier and less damaging environment, it seems to me that more and more people are giving up their enthusiasm.
On this past Earth Day, I witnessed more excitement due to the many concerts of the day rather than learning about what people can do to help.
Our part in helping our planet is hardly just buying products with recyclable materials in them. I hope that everyone will not think of these continuing "pro-Earth" campaigns as aimless events, HTC but as opportunities to contribute something to saving our Earth and the precious resources it gives us.
Man of his word
Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden was elected on the promise he would do all he could to curtail taxes and limit spending. Although this has caused hardships for many people, Mr. Hayden is trying to do his job.
The citizens of Baltimore County must remember that elected officials have a responsibility to keep their word to those who elected them. Mr. Hayden, for better or worse, has been a man of his word.
I realize that many people have been laid off or terminated, and many have not received a raise in some time. However, we must remember that we elected Roger Hayden to limit spending and curtail taxes. Voters should look at the record.
That record indicates that Mr. Hayden has not become a politician like so many in office now. Instead, he has kept his promise to streamline government.
The county executive is a hard worker and a man of his word. Certainly, he has made some people unhappy. In the long run, however, people will realize that Roger Hayden is doing what he was elected to do and deserves respect and appreciation for his effort.
ohn A. Micklos
White House decor
I read with great interest your article on the front page of the Accent section of the April 27 Evening Sun depicting Kaki Hockersmith's redecoration of the White House.
It is indeed interesting to note that President Clinton has insisted prior to, as well as subsequent to, his inauguration that he will reduce the national deficit by reducing staff, eliminating programs, closing military bases, etc.
Is it not equally interesting to learn that taxpayer monies will be used to redecorate an already beautifully furnished home? Tell me, wouldn't the president rather pay for his alleged health care plan than have decorator drapes at the windows?
It would seem to me that President and Mrs. Clinton may have their priorities reversed and should now be named among those who are known as the nouveau riche. It is a real shame that the electoral college takes precedence over the popular vote.
Helene S. Thomson
Doing his job
Officer Edward T. Gorwell II, 24, should not have been #F indicted in a teen's death. He was doing his job as a police officer apprehending criminals in the act of crime.
The teens knew they were breaking the law by stealing a car . . .
It is very unfair to blame Officer Gorwell for doing what was right. If we continue to let criminals do as they please, why bother to pay policemen to stop them?
$Priscilla A. Pugh Roehmer
Lawyers make health care costs soar
Every clear-thinking American knows the cure for out-of-control health care coats: get lawyers out of our medical house! Like rats or cockroaches, they multiply their costly influence behind walls of spiffy public-interest legalese, to their selfish financial advantage.
Why can't we get rid of this unaffordable overhead that the legal profession operates, like a bingo parlor, in the midst of our health care system? We can't because they also run our government and and our courts.
When we laymen finally put together state referendums that cap litigation proceeds to lawyers at a reasonable 10 percent of an award, or 50,000, whichever is less, we'll have lower costs for every product and service... .
Richard L. Frank