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January 22, 1992

No support for buying American

I am incensed after reviewing the "Autos" supplement to The Baltimore Sun for Jan. 16, which was provided as a guide for the Auto Show (Jan. 18-26) at the Baltimore Convention Center. I have to think that the editors are either biased or else lacking a sense of perspective.

Starting with the cover, there are 12, yes 12, articles which feature foreign cars and vans but not one article about an American-made vehicle!

The only mention of American-made vehicles is in the general article on the show entitled "Auto Show: There's Something for Everyone."

This is in spite of the fact that it appears that over 50 percent of the floor space at the show will be occupied by American-made vehicles.

While not all of the foreign vehicles were mentioned favorably, I'm not sure why you didn't print some of the good news about American-made vehicles. What about the Motor Trend Car of the Year by Cadillac? How about dual air bags in certain Ford and Lincoln-Mercury products? Any new models this year? I think so.

How about a little support for our domestic economy? There's a lot right with America and American-made products, but you don't seem to want to tell the story.

I just bought another American-made car and I am sure I will not be alone in the months ahead!

Gerald J. Stank


The real Riley?

A Jan. 4 editorial in The Sun described Baltimore Count Councilman Doug Riley as "a political flasher." Then The Evening Sun on Jan. 14 described this same councilman as "a thoughtful and pragmatic Republican." Which is he? Or is he a "thoughtful and pragmatic political flasher?"

Perhaps the editorial staff of both these papers should take a lesson in impartiality. These superfluous attacks upon Baltimore County legislators do little except cheer those officials who were voted out of office in 1990.

As to The Evening Sun's claim that the current county counci leader has "no legal or legislative background," does one have to be a lawyer or even an editorial staff member to know what citizens want? Maybe what the people on the street want is an honest, determined, well-meaning individual who will represent their best interests even though it may mean offending powerful special interest groups.

Phyllis Waidner


New assessments

I have recently received my property assessment notice from the state of Maryland. Based on the increase of my assessment over the next three years it should be possible for Governor Schaefer to balance the state budget and also reduce taxes!

Cole Riddle


Stupid rules

I think that it is a crying shame that patients who are on Medicaid, who are bed-bound, cannot get emergency room care. Sometimes we who have the privilege of walking around tend to take it for granted. These people cannot walk to the hospital if they get indigestion or severe stomach pains. They either have to suffer or be charged $75 to be transported by a city ambulance.

You people who sit behind a desk and push pencils for a living and make up those stupid rules should come out and work with us who see this every day. Home health providers see the true picture of how people live and know what they can and cannot afford. The next time you make a rule, put yourself in these people's places and see if you would like to be treated like a nobody.

Yvonne M. Wilson

The writer is a home health care worker.


Helping hands

We were delighted to see one of our students from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School carrying a Christmas tree across the front page of your newspaper on Jan. 10. Cleaning the shoreline of Canton was our first off-campus project for Hickey's new community service program, "Operation Helping Hands."

The organization that sponsored this event deserve credit for their participation. Baltimore Harbor Endowment is the "godparent" of Baltimore's shoreline from Canton to South promenade along the water's edge. Through their work and the work of volunteers, this precious recreational area and outdoor classroom will remain a public resource for generations to come.

Tim Neidermeyer

The writer is operations director of the Rebound Program at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School.

Cuts too deep

Regarding the budget cuts in the Baltimore City Fire Department: I realize that Mayor Schmoke has a budgeting problem, but I wonder if the cuts he made are too severe.

In 1972, after 25 years in the Baltimore City Fire Department, I retired. I was on duty in fire communications on March 22, 1962 jTC when a six-alarm fire on Eutaw Place, in which five children died, occurred the same time as a 12-alarm fire at the B & O railroad shops in southwest Baltimore. At one time every engine company in the city was in service at these and other fires. I recall the city riots of Easter week in 1968 when 1,600 fires were handled in four days. At both times, the fire department was much heavier in manpower and equipment.

If such incidents were to occur today, the only hope the city would havewould be to call the surrounding counties for help.

Robert M Schmitt

Floyd, Va.

Bush: car sick?

President Bush's recent illness while in Japan was diagnosed as a case of the flu. Could it have been that he was just "car" sick?

Ruth Fried


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