Use headlightsAre all motorists due for a refresher course...

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April 03, 1992

Use headlights

Are all motorists due for a refresher course in driving in rain, fog or snow? I am amazed at how many drive around without headlights on. Don't they understand that they are not to be used just at dark?

I experienced what could have been a major accident when I pulled into traffic only to have some driver practically run right into me.

I didn't even see him. Why? His headlights were not on.

You may be able to see just fine, but please consider other drivers. Don't you want them to see you too?

Bonnie Macneal


Ice on the wings

It's incredible that a nation capable of putting men on the moon is unable to find a way to get ice off airplane wings other than by spraying them with de-icer fluid!

The rear windows of our cars can be defrosted with electrical heating wires. Why can't the same method be used on airplane wings by making the skin surfaces out of electric blanket type material? Perhaps chemists could invent a wing surface coating that would react to the presence of water by producing heat.

My brother tells me that when he was flying in B-29's over Japan, the leading wing edges were equipped with inflatable rubber strips, which when expanded by air pressure, would break up ice-formations.

Aeronautical engineers probably have their reasons for finding these solutions impractical, but I would like to know why.

Joseph M. Alpert


Hillary's cookies

Heaven forbid that Hillary Clinton had "stayed home and baked cookies and had teas," rather than pursue her career in law. After all, what this country truly needs are less moms at home, and more attorneys.

K. Kolarik


Mad at Hayden

Since when does going to the court house to see County Executive Roger Hayden constitute "interrupting county business"? How dare Mr. Hayden order county students barred from the county building?

The students should have at least been greeted at the door and escorted to one of the many public rooms of the county court house and addressed by some public official. What a real civics lesson Mr. Hayden has given a future generation as to how government works.

As a supporter of Mr. Hayden in the last election -- I have the canceled checks to prove it -- I am outraged. How dare a man, elected partly in reaction against the pompous, aloof personality of the previous county executive, ignore repeated attempts of students to see him? What a sad day for the county when students who want to contribute to the political process are told the county executive is "too busy."

The ghost of Rasmussen still lives in the county court house. Mr. Hayden owes an apology to all the people of Baltimore County.

James Burge


Love supreme

Wiley A. Hall 3rd has deep insight into the movement for animal rights ("Society should acknowledge the argument for the rights of animals," March 19).

His description of the public's evolution from ridicule, to silence, then half-hearted compromise and finally grudging acceptance perfectly describes what the animal rights movement is experiencing today.

Brian Rutledge, director of the Baltimore Zoo, was right when he told the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums that animal rights organizations are not the enemy. Despite our disagreements, said John Prescott, director of the New England Aquarium, "we're all on a continuum."

This continuum is the love all of us who work for animals have for them. Ultimately it will prevail against those whom Mr. Hall rightly labels our true enemies -- those who plunder the environment and its creatures without thought or penalty. Our view will prevail because there are more people who love animals than don't, and because there is no greater force in the universe than love.

Carla Bennett


The writer is a staff writer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.

See Libya's side

Imagine if you can a few years ago a country indicting a person of another country who created, financed and trained a terrorist army. This army destroyed farms, health clinics and harbors; targeted elected officials for assassination, and indiscriminately killed civilians who supported their government. This master terrorist was a hero in his own country -- praised by the masses as a leader of a cause.

Some would liken him to Abu Nidal. His nation called him Ollie North. Would the president of the United States have allowed him to be extradited to Nicaragua to stand trial? Would the president have abided by World Court decisions to turn him over?

Although this is purely speculative, the obvious answers are "no" to the first question and "only if it served our interests" to the second question.

The parallel case deals with Libya's turning over two "alleged" terrorists. Before we attack Libya, both with bombs and embargoes, we should put the shoe on our foot and see how we would or should act. It would not necessarily be the same way.

Myles B. Hoenig


Deforestation rivals loss in Third World

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