Dole can't attract own party members
While many Democratic Party members are disenchanted with President Clinton and would gladly switch over to the Republican candidate in the upcoming election, Republican Sen. Bob Dole offers little to attract change-overs or even his own party members.
Mr. Dole emerged as the front-runner of a poor lot, leaving the voting public no choice but to re-elect Mr. Clinton.
Worse yet, Mr. Dole continues to ally himself with Sen. Alphonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., who is certainly no knight in shining armor and who has deserved the flood of criticism heaped upon him. What a choice in this which was to have been the "Republican year."
Too bad, but my hopes for meaningful change have been dashed.
Better to give money to the poor
Regarding Gregory Kane's April 18 column ("Just let poor blacks split the $400 million"), though I disagree with his assessment of the ACLU, I (and probably many others) agree with his viewpoint regarding the money: Give it directly to the people it's supposed to help.
Better yet, as some of us said when we first heard of this settlement, buy these people houses and give them a stake in the community.
This has got to be better than letting it filter through the bureaucratic maze where you know a lot of this money will end up in the pockets of the politically connected rather than those who could really use it.
Raising taxes an appalling idea
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's call for more taxes to be added to a dying tax base is appalling at best. Moral corrosion, fraud, corruption and outright thievery reign at City Hall, yet Mr. Schmoke sees fit to ignore all this and try to further burden the few remaining taxpaying citizens. Where is the logic?
The recent antics of Comptroller Joan M. Pratt are a prime example of what is wrong in Baltimore. Still, where was the deserved outrage from our mayor? How can he presume to lead when he cannot even deal with the outrageous money-wasting incompetence of power-mad officials?
More taxation can only lead to more people flying from the grip of potholed streets, schools that cannot teach, criminals unpunished and, above all, taxes that are a negative reflection of those few of us who remain to pay and pay, ad infinitum.
Ronald L. Dowling
Nicotine gum must stay in mouth
In an April 16 article on nicotine gum ("The smoking gum"), I was incorrectly quoted as saying the gum should be used "when the urge strikes."
In fact, nicotine gum should be used throughout the day to prevent the urge to smoke, with additional pieces used as needed.
An article appearing the following day (April 17, "Md. pension fund sells tobacco holdings") may have more bearing on rates of tobacco addiction.
The divestment of tobacco stocks by the Maryland state pension plan reflects society's recognition that promotional efforts aimed at youths by the tobacco industry are far outside the bounds of acceptable business behavior.
Tobacco addiction is by far our number one cause of preventable death and disease.
Joseph Adams, M.D.
The writer is secretary of the Smoke Free Maryland Coalition.
Pub Date: 4/25/96