SEN. BARBARA Mikulski's office was riveted by a recent editorial in these columns asserting that she and Sen. Paul Sarbanes were the most pro-labor and anti-business twosome in the Senate.
Our sources: the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So the Mikulski office sent us a memo from the Senate Democratic Policy Committee that proves our two senators don't always vote alike.
On 41 roll-call votes picked by the DPC, they voted alike 87.8 percent of the time -- seven out of eight times their names were intoned.
The memo showed Ms. Mikulski's voting pattern more closely matched the record of 18 other Democrats than Mr. Sarbanes'. That still left 80 senators with whom she differed more than she did with her state colleague.
Republicans closest to the Mikulski voting pattern, Mark Hatfield and Bob Packwood of Oregon, were down the list at 72.5 percent, barely ahead of Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore, at 73.2 percent.
The senator who veered farthest from the Mikulski voting path was Wyoming's Malcolm Wallop.
Gallimaufry suggests Senators Mikulski and Sarbanes set a goal of canceling out their votes a little more often -- say one out of five times. That would reduce their lock-step percentage to a mere 80 percent.
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WERE THERE anything architecturally distinctive about the Eastern Shore's personal waste-disposal arrangements, the man to have said so was H. Chandlee Forman of Easton. Unfortunately, the death there of Mr. Forman -- architect, teacher, preservationist and author -- at age 87 was recorded in the New York Times late last month.
In "Early Manors and Plantation-Houses of Maryland," the 1934 book that established his fame, and later in "Tidewater Maryland Architecture and Gardens," Mr. Forman dwelt on such aspects as gussets, gambrels and great rooms, orangeries and guillotine windows. But the wooden necessary is there, too, for any future statesman needing guidance.
Mr. Forman liked bricks. Associates remember his enthusiasm after he thought he had found a baked remnant of William Claiborne's pre-Calvert colony on Kent Island. The scoffers of a later age doubted it. Now Mr. Forman will be busy classifying the design period of gateways, and the workmanship of artisans skilled with pearl.
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GIVEN THE recently exposed indiscretions of Rockefeller University President David Baltimore and Stanford University President Donald Kennedy, maybe instead of turning over control of sports programs to college presidents, as a Knight Foundation commission recommends, control of university academic and institutional policies ought to be turned over to athletic directors.