Charity On Main St.

Readers write

December 08, 1991

From: Joseph J. Bish Jr.

D-2 Representative

As the holidays approach, I see so much good will, caring and giving by the people of the United States. This is fantastic. They donate food and clothing for those who are less fortunate than they are. They gather toys for children who wouldn't have a Christmas if it werenot their good will. Again this is great, but I see the U.S. government is actually using these people.

They are saying that we know our good U.S. citizens will always help a fellow American out of theirown pockets, which is the American way and is great, but these unscrupulous so-called government leaders stick it to the caring taxpayer.

They then take tax money that should be going for America's homeless, America's unemployed, and America's needy, and ship American taxdollars over to some country so a dictator we are trying to buy, or a previous Communist enemy, can survive.

I ask these government leaders to look in their own backyard where American people are in the streets and going hungry, before loading the food ship for the U.S.S.R. These are terribly sad times in the good old U.S. of A., and we must divert our universal good will to Main Street, U.S.A.

REPRESENTATIVES SAY NO

From: William C. Baker

President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

On Nov. 21, Maryland Representatives Wayne Gilchrest, Steny Hoyer, Tom McMillen, and Constance Morella, as well as Washington Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and Virginia Representative JamesP. Moran, wrote to Mr. A. C. DeCrane Jr., chairman of the board of Texaco Inc., urging his company's withdrawal from its oil and gas drilling operations in Maryland and Virginia along the shores of the Potomac River.

To summarize their letter, these elected officials makeclear their belief that oil and gas production is simply incompatible with a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, anorganization that has spent 25 years working to save the bay, applauds the action of these six elected officials to prevent the introduction of a new and potentially devastating source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

They realize that if oil and gas drilling is allowed on the bay, storage, transportation, and refinery facilities will inevitably follow, and oil will be spilled. Due to the physical characteristics of the bay (i.e., it is extremely shallow, largely enclosed, ringed by marshland or sandy beaches, etc.), cleaning up such oil spills will be next to impossible.

We urge Representatives Gilchrest, Hoyer, McMillen, Moran, Morella, and Norton to further their efforts on behalf of the bay. We hope they will encourage other local, state and federal officials with jurisdiction over the bay area to join in opposition to oil and gas drilling.

Taxpayers have contributed literally hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the state of thebay, and progress is being made. Now is hardly the time to allow a totally new threat. Now is the time to build upon successes.

A PERSONAL FREEDOM

From: Frank Long

Glen Burnie

Regarding your "Readers' Write" column, Sunday Dec. 1, 1991, letter headed: "Smokers in hospitals."

I find it nothing less than dismaying that non-smokers continue to attack the personal outdoor privileges of individuals.

The EPA reports that over 50 percent of the carcinogens in the air webreathe is a result of motor-vehicle pollution. Because approximately 70 to 75 percent of our population are non-smokers, it appears thatthe non-smokers are silently contributing to our (regardless of smoking or non-smoking preference) lung diseases in droves.

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