Reducing income tax helps states grow
On the idea of a state income tax cut, Federal Reserve Bank Vice Chairman Alice Rivlin recently told Maryland state legislators, "I'm a little skeptical about the usefulness of competitive tax reduction between states in drawing business into the state."
Such skepticism could be removed by examining the growing body of evidence that suggests income tax cuts do, indeed, have a positive economic impact.
Numerous studies have found that states that reduce their income tax burdens tend to see their economies improve, and states that increase them tend to experience economic deline. Those findings are supported by the real life experiences of a wide variety of states -- such as Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey and North Carolina -- that have recently cut their income taxes and seen their economies expand.
With the third highest personal income tax burden in the nation and a less than robust economy, Maryland ignores that growing body of evidence at its own peril.
The writer is a fiscal policy analyst at the Cato Institute.
No money left for gambling
With federal, state, city, real estate and sales taxes plus fees for licenses, permits, tolls, parking meters and fines, who has the money left for slot machines -- or the lottery for that matter?
William Crionton Grove
Taiwan a part of China that has democracy
In regard to your Jan. 25 editorial, "The two Chinas' two-China policy," I hope that the following will help clarify the situation for your readers.
The country known to the rest of the world as "China" has existed for thousands of years. The current political reality is that China has been divided since 1949.
The Chinese people on the mainland have been controlled by the authorities of the People's Republic.
On the other hand, in the Republic of China (on Taiwan), people enjoy a prosperous and democratic way of life. The ROC government was founded in 1912 on mainland China.
All in all, Taiwan is and always will be a part of the historical and cultural China, but not a part of the PRC. PRC does not equal China.
The writer is executive assistant in the information division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.
CIA revelations show conviction
Thank you for having the courage and conviction to expose the truth about U.S. intelligence activities in Honduras.
The Central Intelligence Agency's charter has somehow evolved into a license to help unelected regimes finance secret police organizations and then train these organizations in the most efficient methods of torture.
Sugar-coated expressions such as "covert operations" and "human intelligence activities" do not adequately describe these efforts.
My reaction is one of fear.
I am afraid the CIA has adopted the totalitarian methods of the enemies our nation fought to overthrow.
I am also afraid that a large and well-financed section of the federal government no longer obeys the president, Congress or the courts.
When any part of the United States government aids and condones torture and murder, our nation earns the condemnation of all civilized people and the wrath of the God who created us.
Stephen A. Molling
Purification rites needed
As we enter the second month of the Gregorian calendar, it would serve us well to remember whence came the name February. It is from the Latin "februaris" (to purify) and marked the celebration of the Roman Festival of Purification.
It must be obvious to all that a festival of purification is just what this Old Republic needs -- from Capitol Hill to the shores of the Severn.
J. Bernard Hihn
Fighting at BCCC distresses former employees
The writers of this letter are former employees of the Community Colleges of Baltimore County. We now serve as presidents of community colleges across the country.
This perspective causes our deep concern and sadness in reading newspaper reports of the present circumstances surrounding the Community Colleges of Baltimore County. It is hard to believe that words such as "dismay," "mess" and "unresponsive" are used to describe the current mood on the three campuses.
As leaders of other colleges, we know first-hand that Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex were three of the most forward-looking community colleges in the United States.
They were leaders in many areas including community service, distance learning, innovative teaching, comprehensive student personnel service, business and industry training and close partnerships with county and state government agencies. It is impossible to believe that dedicated and talented faculty and staff could have changed so much in such a short time.
All of us realize that these are challenging times for higher education, especially publicly supported institutions. But we also realize that the mission of the community college is now more important than ever to the good of our society.
Community colleges give hope and opportunity to the vast numbers of our citizens who are struggling to keep their lives together during these fast changing economic times. They are critical to the economic well being of the community and its people.
We urge all of the major players in this "bad drama" -- the sponsoring governmental bodies, board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students and community -- to focus on the importance of the continued support of these excellent institutions.
It is incumbent on the board of trustees to recognize and advocate the strength and quality of the colleges and to assist the campuses to reclaim their role as constructive and positive forces in the community.
We remember these institutions as cost-effective, (with C per-student cost below the state average) responsive, innovative and well respected throughout Maryland and the nation.
The continuation of the well-publicized fighting and turmoil will be counterproductive to the best interest of Baltimore County and its citizens and will contribute to the deterioration of an outstanding public resource.
John M. Kingsmore
The writer is one of eight college presidents who signed this letter.
Pub Date: 2/06/97