Football in WaverlyThe political football of whether to...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 26, 1994

Football in Waverly

The political football of whether to have football in Baltimore has taken an unexpected turn. We are told that the Canadian Football League is ready to expand to this city regardless of where a National Football League team is located.

What the neighboring communities around Memorial Stadium need more than anything else right now is stability, growth and knowledge of what to expect for the foreseeable future.

NFL in Baltimore is more a dream than a plan. Doesn't it make sense for the mayor to just sign a lease for use of the stadium for the next five years and let Baltimore get the ball, even if it's a Canadian ball?

Myles B. Hoenig

Baltimore

School Opportunity

Your editorial of Jan. 4 regarding school crowding describes a problem which also presents an opportunity to Maryland to institute an overdue policy change. It would be to provide financial support to parents who wish to educate their children either through private schools or a home school program.

If enough parents opted for education outside the public schools, year- round schooling and much of the public school construction would not be necessary.

Estimates to meet the backlog in school construction run as high as $750 million, when bond financing costs are included. Providing parents with financial support to educate their children outside the public schools could save hundreds of millions of dollars in both construction and operating costs.

This would result not only in relief for taxpayers but would make the state more attractive for businesses that might consider locating here.

As noted in your editorial, there is concern about the peaks and valleys in school age populations, which create overcapacity at some points in time in public schools.

Increasing the population of children who would receive education privately reduces this problem by allowing private institutions to share in the down-sizing costs.

This often can be done more effectively by private institutions because of their smaller size and greater administrative flexibility.

Parent choice in education is not primarily about dollar costs but about personal freedom and the potential for improved education.

Nevertheless, the opportunity to stretch scarce public dollars does exist with parent choice in education and reinforces an already compelling justification for action by the state and its jurisdictions.

Herm Schmidt

Bradshaw

Nuclear Menace

American people should be grateful to Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary for her revelation of nuclear experiments using U.S. citizens as guinea pigs starting in the 1940s.

Naturally, we are bitter about the harm to the mental and physical health of these people and the violation of their civil rights. The secrecy on the part of our government in this matter is loathsome.

Will we ever know the full story or just the bits and pieces that are not as horrible as the undisclosed records?

The present Department of Energy has inherited the makings of a nuclear waste crisis resulting from the many years of indifferent, inappropriate, indiscreet decisions and actions by former DOE officials, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and others.

Congress seems to have done little or nothing to investigate the matter or to try to solve the problem.

The probings and demands of individuals, citizen groups and organizations concerned with health and safety apparently put enough pressure on the DOE to bring about the recent release of information.

U.S. citizens are facing the greatest environmental crisis in our history, and the cost of partial clean-up is astronomical.

Yet more and more nuclear spent fuel is being produced each day by nuclear power plants, and there is no permanent place to store the lethal spent fuel.

The decision to transfer the excess spent fuel from the pools to dry casks to be stored in facilities at the nuclear plant is not a wise decision.

Most of these so-called temporary facilities will become permanent nuclear waste dumps that will have to be monitored and guarded for many centuries.

The science of dry cask storage is very new, and the safety involved in the system is anyone's guess.

Why hasn't the U.S. government required some of the nuclear power plants to convert to other kinds of fuel that do not produce deadly spent fuel?

We must stop producing spent nuclear fuel since there is no safe permanent place to store it, and we cannot afford the cost of a clean-up and monitoring this waste for countless years.

Phyllis S. Johnson

Port Republic

Uneven Sacrifice

When Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. announced a need to cut back the use of electricity, the residential user again paid the price.

If you traveled around the city and surrounding counties, you could see the commercial establishments were apparently exempt from the request.

Few, if any, of these businesses turned off store lights, signs or parking lot lights -- even during the times they were closed.

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