Letter Clock City
Perhaps the city of Baltimore should contact the editors of the Guinness Book of World Records or the makers of Trivial Pursuit.
Baltimore has what could be a one-of-a-kind feature in its skyline: not one but two clocks which have letters instead of numbers.
They are the Bromo Seltzer clock and the Baltimore Sun clock in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
A baseball fan sitting in the upper deck on the first base side of the stadium can easily see both clocks, simultaneously.
Where else in the world can anybody look at two letter clocks, synchronously? No place but Charm City. Or, better make that Letter Clock City.
Don't believe me? Go down and buy a ticket to the ball game, if you can get a ticket.
If you can't get one, you might go home to a Bromo Seltzer and a read of The Sun.
Your editorial "Loans Aren't Gifts" (Aug. 4) pointed out the poor manner in which our public funds have been loaned and collected in the name of business development. We are expected to accept this waste of our tax dollars, through non-performaning loans and preferential terms, in an attempt to lure businesses to the city, away from the suburbs.
It's ironic that this is the same city that Dr. Bruce Lebowitz noted has "no free lunch." In his letter (July 23), he describes how the federal government is helping to destroy small health care businesses by dumping free health care on Baltimore's seniors at select clinics. As a result, we can expect fewer city health providers, as this federal health program pushes these doctors to the suburbs, away from the city.
Having just recently closed a dental office in East Baltimore, I can't help but wonder which direction the city is going. I never asked the city for a loan, but if I had, I would have repaid it.
I never asked for a preferred business status; I annually paid Baltimore over $2,300 in personal property tax and $3,000 in real estate tax.
I didn't have to be enticed to open my business in the city, I grew up there. All I wanted from Baltimore was what we as a country expect from our neighbors, a fair market.
Michael T. Hargadon
A recent letter to the editor made a mistaken reference about contributions to the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
Individual employees of TimeWarner Inc. contributed to the Mikulski campaign. These contributions were sent from private citizens and not on behalf of the corporation for which they work.
Senator Mikulski has a long and proud history of supporting our community's law enforcement officers. The contributions from these individuals who happen to be TimeWarner employees are consistent with her record.
As a Republican who strongly endorses Senator Mikulski's re-election, I am encouraged by the widespread support she receives throughout Maryland.
We are fortunate to have her represent us in the Senate, where she is a responsible and responsive legislator.
Eric B. Stillman
Accolades for Bush
How refreshing it is to find an article in The Sun, Aug. 5, in favor of President Bush.
Thank you, James Kilpatrick, for saying everything I have wanted to say.
And if we can get the deadbeat Democrats out of Congress, George Bush will show us what he can do for his country.
Barbara J. Borg
The latest government plan to reform health insurance is a fraud. "Managed competition," the plan backed by President Bush, means more government interference in the private affairs of doctors and their patients.
Under this system, government "sponsors" will negotiate with physicians and hospitals to keep costs down. Doctors will also be paid a fixed fee, regardless of how much treatment the patient requires. Translated, this means government bureaucrats will take over medicine.
Two fundamental issues are completely ignored in the debate over health care.
First of all, why is medical treatment so expensive in the first place? Because doctors are greedy and uncaring, according to the media establishment.
But why was this not the case until recently? The answer: Medicare and Medicaid.
These programs have increased the cost of health care -- through bureaucracy and restriction of competition -- precisely as their opponents predicted would happen 30 years ago.
Instead of learning from this mistake, politicians in both parties TC are now poised to give government even more control over medicine.
The second issue involves the rights of doctors. How can the government justify the violation of physicians' rights to set fees and determine the standard of care?
A baker is not told how to make bread. A grocer is not told what he can charge for milk.
But doctors -- who spend years in exhausting preparation for heroic work -- will now have to submit to irrational government fees and regulations. Do you really want your physician to work under these conditions?