Battle of BritainAs an Englishman happily resident in...


July 02, 1993

Battle of Britain

As an Englishman happily resident in Maryland's delightful foreign fields, I much appreciate the writing of Richard O'Mara from London.

But tut, tut, Mr. O'Mara. Contrary to your June 24 dispatch, England has yet to be eliminated from the World Soccer Cup. Its chances of qualifying for the final rounds are still 50-50, and such odds proved surmountable at Waterloo and during the Battle of Britain.

Actually it is not England which is having difficulty on New Zealand's rugby fields but the British Lions, whose touring party is made up of players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

As did Nelson in his famous signal, we English make a distinction between members of the so-called United Kingdom.

Richard Breeze

Silver Spring

Clearing the Air

The Employee Commute Options (ECO) regulations, proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment, will effectively reduce the number of personal vehicles used for commuting in the Baltimore region through the use of car pools, bicycles and mass transit and will encourage use of low and zero emission vehicles such as electric cars.

While the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 mandated this program, the justification for this and other clean air )R programs is the protection of public health.

The Baltimore metropolitan region has the sixth worst air pollution in the nation. Ozone air pollution is harmful to all Marylanders, especially the 500,000 Marylanders who suffer from lung disease.

At this writing, the region has experienced four days during which our federal standards for ground level ozone were exceeded.

The ECO program is significant in that ordinary citizens will be asked to change their commuting behavior in the interest of cleaning up the air.

Collectively automobiles are the single largest source of air pollution in our region. If we are to restore the quality of our air, we must each accept responsibility for the pollution we create.

The ECO program places more of that responsibility on the driving public by requiring employers with 100 or more employees to offer incentives to find alternative means of getting to work.

Just like other public health mandates, such as childhood immunizations, the ECO program is directed at real health risks. As in other clean air initiatives, the ECO program requires personal sacrifice. This sacrifice is not only for our health, but also to benefit the health of future generations.

John B. Slaughter II


The writer is president of the American Lung Association of Maryland.

Super Collider

The June 17 editorial in support of the space station suggested that if necessary the Superconducting Super Collider SSC) might be cut. But cutting the SSC is a big mistake, for it is a top priority science project midway in construction.

About two-thirds of the 54-mile tunnel is already under contract, with four massive tunnel boring machines operating.

The sophisticated superconducting magnets and other major technical components of the collider are under contract. Over 45,000 SSC procurement awards have been made in 48 states.

All major milestones have been met on or ahead of schedule. Over 2,000 scientists and engineers at more than 100 universities and many laboratories are working to prepare the first experiments.

Of course, the deficit must be reduced, but it should not be by cutting the most important project in the most fundamental field of science.

Already, President Clinton has cut many other areas in order to maintain the top priorities, and his full request for science deserves your editorial support.

John S. Toll

College Park

The writer is professor of physics and chancellor emeritus at the University of Maryland.

Better Policing

The title of your June 19 editorial, ''City Council's Penny-Foolish Budget,'' was misleading. I agree with your concluding sentence: ''But they simply did not have faith that the mayor or the police commissioner would spend the funds properly.'' That should make it a ''Pound-Wise Budget.''

Yes, the city needs better police protection for property owners. However, an increase in the piggyback income tax may pay for more police but not necessarily better policing.

Remember when the Harborplace merchants closed early Easter Sunday because they feared marauding bands of youths who swarmed through the pavilions? It was in the newspapers. Mayor Kurt Schmoke called WBAL radio to discuss the issue, on the air, with angry merchants who claimed it was an annual problem.

So, the following Sunday I noticed five police officers stationed at the apex of the pavilions in Harborplace. I walked over to three of them and inquired if their presence was inspired by the activities of the previous week.

''No, we're here because there was a baseball game earlier today. What activities are you talking about?''

I explained to them what had happened and that it was reported widely in the media.

L ''I don't read the newspapers, and I don't listen to WBAL.''

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