Editor: If, as William Engelman, president of the Baltimore Jewish Council says, Israel always pays back its loans, why does it need a co-signer? When my children grew up, my wife and I served as co-signers for their first credit. After they paid back their loans, others were quite willing to give them credit in their own names. After over 40 years, it seems to me that Israel should be able to do likewise.
He also says that the $3 billion aid (welfare payment) that the U.S. annually gives Israel is such a small percentage of the total U.S. budget that we shouldn't miss it. Well, it's more than President Bush says we can afford to spend in additional aid for our own homeless and unemployed.
If Israel wants to be recognized as an independent nation, it should start acting like an adult, and stop crying for handouts from the U.S. because of the way Jews were treated for the last 4,000 years. Until it does, a lot of Americans are going to consider it just another charity case -- and we have more of them than we can handle right here.
William F. List.
BG&E to Rescue
Editor: We, the business people and residents of the Hyannis area, would like to publicly thank the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. for coming to our rescue after Hurricane Bob hit Cape Cod.
The loss of power, right at the height of our summer season, was a tremendous handicap to all. But your power company performed at truly heroic levels to get us back to normal very quickly.
While businesses were up and running almost immediately, many of our homes were tougher to reach, simply because we have so many outlaying areas. What a welcome sight it was to see the out-of-town power crews -- our own ''Bob Busters.''
Their dedication to the job at hand and the obvious comaraderie were heart-warming. Now that the remnants of the storm are cleared away, we have a little time to fully appreciate and thank the kind efforts of others on our behalf.
Your community is fortunate to have such a dedicated electric company crew at its disposal. We are in their debt.
$ Wendy K. Northcross.
The writer is executive director of the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce.
Not Up a Dime
Editor: The Sept. 5 Sun carried a story about a possible additional increase in tuition at the University of Maryland. The last paragraph of the story included a quote from a university student who said, ''A lot of people are concerned because they are putting themselves through school. They may have to go to community colleges.'' What a wonderful thing that would be!
University students will discover that community colleges are dedicated to superior classroom instruction. Community college faculty members are hired and promoted for one thing: excellent teaching. Our faculty members teach in small classes, and the arts and sciences courses that they teach easily transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
University students also will discover that this fine classroom teaching comes at a great value. For example, tuition and fees for a full-time Maryland resident at the New Community College of Baltimore are only $1,150 per year, not up a dime from last year.
Community colleges have opened their doors for many years to people who need quality education at an affordable cost. In the current crisis, we are ready to help again.
James D. Tschechtelin.
The writer is president of the New Community College of Baltimore.
A Burning Issue
Editor: Your editorial ''Hayden: Stump Money to Burn?'' was a little off the mark.
The county's main purpose in attempting to acquire the stump dump site may not be so obvious. James F. Jett has continually claimed that he was a Christmas tree farmer. His basis for obtaining a permit to continue dumping stumps was that the stumps would be ground and composted to be used around his Christmas trees. The six-acre pile of stumps that existed before the fire started would have provided a lifetime of fodder for the mulching machines.
The county administration may be smarter than you think. To see the real reason behind this attempt you need look only at the quote by Mr. Jett's attorney last month. He said, ''In the year before the fire started, the business had made $750,000 in dumping fees.''
How many Christmas trees would Mr. Jett have to sell in one year to make $750,000?
This quotation tends to substantiate the county's contention that Christmas tree farming is just a front. The dumping operation which is the main business at the Dogwood Road site is being operated contrary to existing zoning regulations and should not be granted a permit.
The writer is president of the Greater Patapsco Community