Candidates for the Senate and house of Representatives were asked: Inflation: What specific policies would you favor to strengthen the economy, reduce inflation and create new jobs? Military Strength: What is your view of the nation's military strength? What specific programs do you advocate? What specific programs do you oppose? Abortion: On the abortion question, do you favor making federal money available to indigent women? Or would you support an amendment banning all abortions, except to save the life of the mother? Local Benefits: What federal actions do you think would be of the greatest local benefit to your state or district? Vote for One Edward T. Conroy (d), 51 of 12432 Shawmont Lane, Bowie, is state senator and a lawyer. He has served in the state Senate and the House of Delegates since 1962. Inflation: I would (unlike my opponent) vote to balance the budget. Not since 1969 (the first year my opponent served in the Senate) has the federal budget had a surplus. Deficit spending becomes a national debt. The interest alone on that debt in 1980 is expected to exceed $72 billion, which makes it the third highest item in the budget. I would also work to reduce government spending without sacrificing the rights of the federal employe. We must pursue a policy to attain an across-the-board reduction in interest rates on loans and to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens on state and local governments and on the private sector, particularly those which inhibit national effort similar to the capital Cost Recovery Act to revive productivity, and revitalize the economy including any tax depreciation rules, to stimulate capital investment and to strengthen local programs, to improve job opportunities and working skills. Military Strength: It is urgent we move to reverse the threatened decline in America's world position. My opponent's weakness in this arena should be compared to my strong positions stated and restated that we do not want confrontation, but to preserve the peace it is imperative that we insist on a strong national defense and a strong national security. An increase in military spending is therefore necessary to guarantee a high quality of military personnel, an effective nuclear deterrent capability, a strong conventional fighting force including a strong Navy, and an improved intelligence capability. We must spend our defense dollars wisely and I am not yet convinced that the MX missile deployment theory is the best expenditure of our defense tax dollars. Abortion: I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe, as many legal and medical experts believe, that life commences at conception and the rights of the unborn should be protected. Therefore, I am opposed to abortion and would support a pro-life amendment. I also believe that women in pregnancy crises situations should be offered alternatives other than abortion such as professional counseling services, adoption and assistance. Local Benefits: 1.) As a sponsor of the originial "compact" bill to create Metro transportation in Maryland, it is my continued desire to bring rapid transit availability to the greatest number of people in Maryland including greater bus transport. I am particularly pleased that the bill I introduced in the Maryland Senate has provided for the necessary police protection and security of our Metro riders. 2.) I want to maintain the quality of the federal employes and the job protections, earnings and retirement benefits they receive. 3.) I believe it is important to work for measures to redevelop Baltimore, the port complex and to increase employment opportunities in this important industrial area. 4.) I have consistently opposed the commuter tax for Maryland residents. I have sponsored Senate resolutions on this position and will continue to oppose it. 5.) More location of private and federal related type industries in Maryland for career opportunities for young people and employment opportunities generally. Charles McC. Mathias (R) 58, of Frederick, is serving his second U.S. Senate term after four terms in the U.S. House. He was a state delegate, assistant attorney general for Maryland and Frederick city attorney. Inflation: Economists agree that our long-range economic prospects are bright. The immediate challenge is to get this country out of the economic doldrums it's in and on the road to that brighter future. To do that we must control inflation, increase productivity and expand job opportunities. This will require a concerted effort by all sectors of the economy. Government can make a major contribution by balancing the federal budget and giving up deficit spending. I support measures that will do that. Government can also provide incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy, such as increasing the supply of investment capital, and I have introduced legislation to: index capital gains taxes to the rate of inflation; give tax credits for new jobs and new plants; accelerate depreciation schedules; and exempt savings and dividends from taxation. Another key to revitalizing our economy lies in making U.S. goods more competitive in international trade. Today one in eight manufacturing jobs and one in three agricultural acres in the United States produce for export. I have a legislative program that will expand those job opportunities by removing obstacles to U.S. business in the world marketplace. While taking the immediate measures necessary to get our economy moving into high gear, we must look to the high technology future down the road and move to retool and retrain for the new generation of jobs and new industries the future demands. Military Strength: The two elements essential to our national security are a sound economy and a strong defense posture. We must not invite adventurism by allowing weaknesses to persist in our economy or to develop in our military capabilities. But neither should we tempt others to seek military advantage by suggesting weakness where it does not exist. Our top priority right now is to solve our urgent military personnel retention problem and to upgrade our conventional military forces. Planes, grounded for lack of spare parts, are useless. Trained pilots, leaving the service because the pay is inadequate, are an investment that yields no dividends. I sponsored the Warner-Nunn Amendment as a first step toward substantial upgrading of military pay and benefits. I am also supporting increases in the defense budget to build up our Navy and other conventional forces. Our lifelines girdle the globe. To protect them we need a Navy that truly commands the seas. An American fleet on station in the Indian Ocean today underscores the urgency of my campaign to restore our naval strength, a campaign reflected in this year's budget allocations for an increased shipbuilding program. Abortion: The Supreme Court has ruled on abortion and that is the law of the land. I believe that access to court-approved procedures should not be limited to the affluent and, therefore, I have voted for including them under federally funded medical programs. Local Benefits: Any list of federal actions that would benefit Maryland would certainly include: continued federal commitment to mass transit systems in Baltimore and the Washington Metropolitan area; funds to dredge the Port of Baltimore to keep it competitive and insure the one out of eight jobs that depend on the port; developing Western Maryland's coal resources through a national synthetic fuels program; maintaining federal facilities in Maryland that provide jobs and service to the nation; and continuing federal research on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and tax exemptions to prevent the breakup of family farms.