Countians must speak out for recycling
Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden's recycling plan (The Evening Sun, Nov. 5) is totally inadequate. As Dan Rodricks clearly pointed out in his column the day before, Baltimoreans are committed to recycling. In fact, residents of the Baltimore area have been the driving force behind the recycling movement here planning for recycling, setting up and operating recycling centers, separating their trash and hauling recyclables to the centers. They have been able to sustain their efforts because they understand and believe in the benefits of recycling for the community. They also believed that the recycling centers would be a temporary measure.
To say that we have been poorly served by the Hayden administration would be an understatement. Deceived and betrayed would be more accurate. Recently, one of the organizers of the late Catonsville recycling center disclosed that the community had been encouraged to set up the center based on assurances that it would be among the first to have curbside recycling.
Asking volunteers to work at the centers is asking a lot. It means getting up early and spending the better part of a weekend day doing hard, dirty work in freezing cold or blazing heat for no pay. It's asking a lot to ask volunteers to continue working as the months turn into years. It's asking a lot, particularly when the county is willing to do so little. I urge all residents of Baltimore County to attend the meeting on recycling which will be held at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Loch Raven Senior High School. Let's tell Roger Hayden that we demand curbside recycling now!
In her commentary of Nov. 5 ("Norplant and birth-control tyranny"), Stephanie Denmark asks, "Why are women the sole target of attempts to punish and control reproduction?" I believe the greater question, the greater sexism and the greater scandal is: Why are there so few viable methods of contraception available in this country, and why are only two of those methods (the condom and vasectomy) for men?
If we care about children and ultimately the future of this society, we must begin to put more emphasis on enabling people women and men to plan their families.
Deirdre M. Smith
Doctors around here won't go for this euthanasia thing. Not unless the client pays on the way into the office.
Soviet mind set
A Moscow worker returns home unexpectedly and finds his wife being embraced by a stranger. Enraged, he screams: "What kind of wife are you? All the wives of our neighbors learned that bread has arrived in the stores and are standing in queues, but you are wasting time here!"
Not the last word
Kieron F. Quinn notes in the Forum of Nov. 6 that Robert Park, "physicist," obviously does not understand the health questions associated with electromagnetic fields. I suspect that this is true.
Many scientists from diverse fields of study are currently looking into this phenomenon, and do not have a clear understanding. The problem covers so many heretofore unrelated technical areas that few individuals have the expertise to do holistic zTC studies, developing the instrumentation and designing experiments which will provide definitive information. At this point, few knowledgeable researchers are willing to go on record either way.
There are, however a large number of teams and individuals at work, since this problem could have far-reaching consequences. It will likely be several years before definite conclusions can be reached. The rewritten EPA report will certainly not be the last word, be it for or against.
James V. McCoy
While traveling through Pennsylvania we spent a few days in Harrisburg. The story going around that city in the wake of the disastrous abortion legislation [adopted in Pennsylvania last year] was that a few legislators were having second thoughts about passing a religious law against the people's wishes. Once the thought got around that it was indeed a religious law, they are now thinking of granting compensation to those who will be forced by the state to carry the unwanted child to term.
One story suggests that the state will be willing to pay the cost of the pregnancy, and they now feel that it is up to the state.
When I first heard this, I was shocked, but on second thought it is a religious law forced on the people by the church and the legislators. The church has made no effort to compensate these women for forcing their religious beliefs on the people of Pennsylvania. These legislators feel that something must be done to alleviate the suffering that will result when the law goes into effect.
Think what will happen if this spreads across the country. The question now arises: Will the federal government do the same if the court overturns Roe vs. Wade?