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Revenue from slots won't improve schools

If you want to vote for slots, go ahead. But please do not vote for slots thinking that slots revenue will improve our education system ("Ehrlich voices opposition to slot-machine initiative," Sept. 28).

For the 40-plus years I've been old enough to be interested in the education system, the powers-that-be have been asking for more money. But there has been no improvement.

Money has little to do with a good education. Just look at Catholic schools and their very successful education of students at a small percentage of the money spent on public schools.

There are several reasons our children often aren't properly educated, and one of the major ones is the lack of interest and concern on the part of some parents.

The students whose parents are involved and stress education are successful students.

History has shown us that throwing money at the education system doesn't help our students succeed in the classroom.

Ruth Kalinowski, Jessup

If Palin steps down, women could be hurt

I find myself in agreement with Kathleen Parker's column calling for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to step down as the Republican vice presidential nominee ("Palin is in over her head, should bow out of race," Commentary Sept. 30).

I believe wholeheartedly that Mrs. Palin is not qualified to be vice president - it is obvious that her years of "executive experience" have not prepared her in the necessary ways.

That said, I wonder how her stepping down would affect women in the work force.

If Mrs. Palin should leave the race to "spend more time with her family," this surely would encourage those who believe that women can't have young children and do challenging jobs at the same time.

It might save face for Mrs. Palin and for Sen. John McCain's campaign.

But her departure might do considerable harm to the women's movement.

Joy Mandel, Catonsville

Nominee is simply in way over her head

Thank God that Kathleen Parker has finally said publicly what so many have thought privately: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may be attractive, self-assured and sincere, but, sadly, this empress has no clothes ("Palin is in over her head, should bow out of race," Commentary, Sept. 30).

Betsy Mitchell, Lutherville

Give CEOs the bill for bailout package

I want the CEOs and the boards of directors of the failed companies, not to mention President Bush, to pay for this bailout out of their own pockets ("Shock Waves," Sept. 30).

Limiting the salaries of CEOs doesn't go nearly far enough. They should liquidate all their assets and put up their own money. Only after that has been done should taxpayers pay a penny.

Sally Mericle, Baltimore

Economic powerhouse proves house of cards

So the economic powerhouse that our nation claims to be has revealed itself to be a house of cards, impoverishing the future of an entire generation, which may never recover from this collapse. And on each card is written "IOU" ("Shock Waves," Sept. 30).

The time for change has long passed. Now it is time to wipe the slate clean.

Richard Caserta, Baltimore

Democracy in action on the bailout bills

Whether one is for or against a bailout bill, one thing is certain: We are witnessing democracy at its best ("Shock Waves," Sept. 30).

Instead of being terrorized into accepting a bailout-or-else strategy with no questions asked, American citizens have risen up to let their elected representatives know they're tired of being whiplashed into paying for something they know nothing about.

Imagine what would have happened if we had seen the same response when President Bush and his executive entourage shoved the alleged need to invade Iraq down our throats.

Imagine if we were to stage a taxpayers revolt over continuing to finance the Iraq war that has dragged on for more than five years.

Then we might have enough money to bail out Wall Street and rescue Main Street.

Maybe then we could claim a real victory.

Mary N. Sommerfeldt, Baltimore

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