Congress plays games withelderly livesLet no man...


Congress plays games withelderly lives

Let no man sleep while Congress is in session -- Mark Twain.

He's gone but his legacy lives on. He saw what Congress was all about.

As for senior citizens, they are in big trouble right now with Congress playing a game of Russian roulette with their lives. Senior citizens have made major contributions to our country. They ask for little, especially in health and human services, and it looks like that is what they are going to get.

The true meaning of Medicare has been lost by a bunch of greedy congressmen and physicians, who are so busy protecting their own personal interests that they forget what this country is really about.

Someday they will become old and, perhaps, then will understand what life is all about.

Nan Waranch

Owings Mills

Coverage of papal visit left 'beautiful memory'

I'm sure I'm joined by many of my fellow Catholics when I applaud the entire Baltimore community for joining us in celebrating the papal visit. It was apparent from the very beginning stages of planning that this event was generating joy and enthusiasm among thousands of our citizens, even if they didn't happen to be Catholic.

These sisters and brothers of all religious faiths joined us in heart and hand to welcome this truly "pilgrim pope" on his long-awaited visit to our city.

I would imagine it highly unlikely that John Paul II will be making another journey to Baltimore in his lifetime. Like any parent thinking he may never again see his children, I believe the Holy Father must have departed from here consoled by the fact that he leaves his children in very good hands -- he leaves them in the hands of one another.

Anne H. Kidwell


The coverage of the visit of Pope John Paul II was beautiful, uplifting and electrifying.

The Sun, the television stations, all the people involved, did a magnificent job in the presentation of 12 hours with the Holy Father.

We will truly have a beautiful memory of this joyful visit to our


.' Our gratitude goes out to all.

Marge Griffith


Casinos mean a net loss for state

It was disheartening to read Frank Langfitt's excellent story (Oct. 5) on the new and unusual lobbying approach of the professional casino boosters. Our state legislators must realize that these people, who have a vested interest in promoting casino gambling, are the last ones they should be listening to.

Casinos may seem like an attractive way to help fund the state's business, but one must look behind the smoke that these advocates generate. It is pretty obvious, considering the many lobbyists employed by the casino companies, just who expects to benefit.

The casino industry would, no doubt, pay taxes and give revenue to the state and it would generate some jobs. The income on which they pay taxes will come from our citizens and the bulk of it will then be taken out of state. This means a net loss for Maryland.

Money generated from lotteries and professional gambling does not enrich us as does money from manufacturing or from business in general. State-sponsored gambling is really a state tax on those who participate. Casinos would simply give this taxing privilege to outside businesses.

Stephen H. Bartlett


Don't blame crime on gays

In a Sept. 26 article about crime on Tyson Street in Mount Vernon ("Crime increase mars image of historic 'Pastel Block' "), Robert A. Erlandson connects the problem to the high concentration of gay people in the neighborhood.

As a former Mount Vernon resident and as someone who still goes to the neighborhood every day to work, I can tell you that crime there has nothing to do with the fact that many of the residents are gay.

Robbery and prostitution are problems in many areas of the city, including those where there are few gay people . . .

Ronald Hube


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