No Man's GolanEditor: If the Golan Heights is an obstacle...


November 13, 1991

No Man's Golan

Editor: If the Golan Heights is an obstacle to peace, why not declare it a ''no man's land,'' neither Israel nor Syria, and satisfy both sides?

B.J. Small.


Get Involved

Editor: Following upon Lawrence Kolman's passionate plea for Baltimoreans to volunteer at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, I would like to share some information regarding activity in this direction that Pratt is undertaking.

Now, more than ever, as the library struggles with decreasing financial resources, the need for volunteers takes on even greater significance. We are expanding and centralizing the Volunteer Services Program in order to increase the numbers of volunteers.

There are numerous activities for which we seek volunteers, from behind-the-scenes assistance to conducting tours at Central. Do you like to work with children? Be a homework helper. Are you computer literate? Give assistance to patrons who are not. The possibilities are endless.

Call 396-9940 to learn of other opportunities. If you value the services offered by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, get involved.

Anna Curry.



The writer is director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Regional Solution

Editor: Mark K. Joseph's article and recent letters regarding the taxation of suburban workers in Baltimore City are misguided and short sighted.

For more than 25 years, I and my staff of 10 have battled poor traffic patterns, fed city parking meters, paid outrageous parking lot fees, purchased almost every lunch at city restaurants, purchased almost all of our clothing and gifts from city merchants, continuously paid city personal taxes and contributed to city charitable organizations among other manifestations of leaving a large part of our "wealth" in Baltimore City where it is earned.

Many times clients, staff and others urged me to move to the suburbs where the air is cleaner and the parking is easier. I have resisted due to my love of downtown Baltimore.

An earnings tax might make that love too costly and be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Such half-baked, ill-conceived proposals will cause flight and further deterioration of the city's tax base.

Instead of these, we need a comprehensive regional solution which will enable the education system and services of the region to be raised to the level needed in these competitive times.

Charles M. Solomon.


Sports Facts

Editor: The next time you send a reporter to write a story which touches upon sports history, please find one who knows something about the subject. Your front page article of Oct. 28 on duckpin bowling identified John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson as members of the International League Baltimore Orioles (a minor league team).

These two Hall of Fame teammates were on the legendary 19th century Baltimore Orioles of the National League. They also went on to play for the first American League Orioles, a franchise that lasted only two years, 1901-02, before each gained fame as managers -- McGraw of the New York Giants and Robinson of Brooklyn.

Also, anybody who ever saw ''Pinbusters'' knows that they shouldn't be called bowling alleys. They are bowling lanes.

If you continue to include new stories of such significance on the front page, please get your facts right.

Fred B. Shoken.


State Retirees

Editor: The state Department of Personnel and Secretary Hilda E. Ford (a Schaefer appointee) have done its usual miserable job of communication in reference to the new premiums established for the hospitalization plans offered to retirees.

I do think that an over 100 percent increase in premiums to maintain the same coverage as last year deserves some explanation as to the reasons. Such an outrageous jump without one word of explanatory statement!

To call the numbers listed in the handbook for information is an exercise in futility. Either you find it impossible to get an answer or the individual answering cannot deal with your questions intelligently.

To be confronted with charges for programs previously regarded as a state benefit, and then find that coverage premiums have increased 60+ percent, without one word of explanation, is not only a prime example of bad personnel relations but truly indicative of the Schaefer syndrome of ignoring the people most affected by change.

As a retiree, limited to that magnanimous 4 percent or less annual increase, an increase of over 100 percent in any cost is hard to take. Had I and other retirees and state workers received an increase equivalent to the $35,000 raise of the governor or some of the other ones passed to the department secretaries, hTC this growth in premiums would be easier to handle.

I think all retirees and state employees are entitled to know the rationale and the underlying costs involved in this jump in premiums.

Edward S. Beach, Jr.


Save Oil

Editor: A response to your Nov. 2 editorial, ''Oil Drilling in Alaska.'' Drilling oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge might keep the U.S. in oil for six months. Yet some of the auto fuel efficiency bills would save ten times that amount of oil.

Why postpone fuel efficiency and energy alternatives for the possibility of a six-month supply of oil when the price is despoiling the last great American wilderness?

When Alaskan oil is exhausted, will we drill in the Chesapeake Bay, off the Atlantic Coast, or in the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center? No doubt some geologists will point out the possibility of oil reserves in our area. Of course, each of us needs to look at our own driving habits, so we can explain the despoiling to our grandchildren.

Gregor Becker.


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