The identification on a letter to the editor published in...


February 29, 1992

The identification on a letter to the editor published in The Sun on Saturday incorrectly described Julianne E. Alderman as executive director of the Baltimore County Commission of Arts and Sciences, a position she no longer holds.

The Sun regrets the error.

Tell It All, Please

Editor: The Sun has referred to the presidential candidates' written plans of action and even noted a few details of their plans here and there. But The Sun has not given nearly enough information about these plans. Rather, The Sun has mostly printed speculation and human-interest stories that pass for analysis.

For the sake of our environment, The Sun clearly and repeatedly prints extensively detailed information about recycling -- every what, where and when. For the sake of our country The Sun should clearly and repeatedly print extensively detailed


information about the various plans of the presidential candidates.

I'd like to read more of the candidates' actual plans and less of what journalists think about them.

ob Krasnansky. Ellicott City.

250 Years Old

Editor: I was please to see the fine drawing of St. Thomas' Church, Garrison Forest, by James Drake Iams Feb. 15. This building stands as one of the very few remaining colonial churches in Baltimore County, and its congregation is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding during 1992.

)Rev. William P. Baxter Jr. Owings Mills.

The writer is rector of St. Thomas' Church.

Don't Cut the Arts

Editor: A Jan. 31 front-page New York Times headline was "Dinkins Orders Deep Cuts In An Austere Budget Plan -- Proposal Trims All City Agencies Except Police." Tucked away inside the paper was another headline, "No Arts Cuts in Dinkins' Fiscal Plan."

The bulky, four-year preliminary financial plan includes only a brief paragraph on New York's Department of Cultural Affairs: "In recognition of the importance of the city's cultural institutions and their educational programs, the beneficial impact they have on the local economy, and the effects of the reductions taken in previous years, the plan contains no expense reductions during the four-year period."

Needless to say, I was stunned when I read in The Sun Feb. 9 that Mayor Kurt Schmoke is considering a proposal that would phase out financial support for Baltimore's cultural institutions over the next five years. One would hope that this is only a "consideration."

Obviously Mayor Dinkins and his advisers realize the irreplaceable value of cultural organizations to their city. Hopefully Mayor Schmoke and his advisers will do likewise.

) Julianne E. Alderman. Baltimore.

The writer is executive director of the Baltimore County Commission of Arts and Sciences.

No Way

Editor: I simply do not believe the results of your poll published Feb. 24 and I doubt their validity.

H. E. Clark. Hagerstown.

No Savings There

Editor: I am astounded at how much my electric rates have gone up in the last year. Somebody at BG&E is not telling the truth about how much rates have increased.

We try to conserve energy and help BG&E by shifting our power usage to non-peak periods. We are billed under a time of use rate. Here are the rates:

Jan. 1991 Low Savings: 6.826 cents/kwh;

Jan. 1992 Low Savings: 7.782 cents/kwh, an increase of 14.1 percent.

Jan. 1991 Mid Savings: 5.564 cents/kwh;

Jan. 1992 Mid Savings: 6.424 cents/kwh, an increase of 15.4 percent.

Jan. 1991 High Savings: 1.846 cents/kwh;

Jan. 1992 High Savings: 2.230 cents/kwh, an increase of 20.8 percent.

In a time of recession, it is incredible that BG&E can get away with increases that are four times the rate of inflation.

Worse yet, though time of use billing is supposed to encourage us to use power when it is the cheapest, BG&E is increasing the ''high'' savings rate at over 20 percent a year. They must figure that once they have us hooked they can really nail us.

I switched to time of use because I could see an advantage from moving consumption to "high" savings. With the higher rate of increase in the "high" savings it makes less sense to switch.

Only a monopoly would treat their customers this badly.

It looks like the Public Service Commission is not doing its job, either, in allowing these rate hikes.

` Terral Jordan. Cockeysville.

Social Work Cases

Editor: The poignant story (Feb. 8) concerning the precipitous removal of AIDS-stricken twins from a foster home is reminiscent a similar situation that we experienced -- with a reverse twist.

For us the offending party was the county Department of Social Services, not the private agency which placed two brothers with us under the public agency's purchase of care arrangement.

The boys, one five, the other 3 1/2 , not unexpectedly had difficulty in adjusting.

When the older continued deviant, defiant and sometimes bizarre behavior after several months in care, the agency felt a psychological evaluation was indicated. Because of the expense involved, the matter needed to be cleared with the public agency.

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