Bartlett, Gilchrest Reining In 'Great Society'I wish to...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 19, 1994

Bartlett, Gilchrest Reining In 'Great Society'

I wish to commend Congressmen Roscoe Bartlett and Wayne Gilchrest for their May 12 vote for an amendment, offered by Rep. Joel Hefley (R.-Colo.), to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Reauthorization bill (HR 2442).

The amendment, had it been adopted, would have eliminated a scandal-ridden, pork-laden creation of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society." Presidents Reagan and Bush had sought its elimination. President Clinton, however, is seeking to increase funding. . . .

Supporters of the program contend that this government-sponsored attempt to create private sector jobs is needed in areas harmed by military base closings. Amendment sponsor Hefley pointed out, however, that in one good month, the U.S. economy will create, all by itself, more long-term jobs than the EDA has created in its 28-year history.

Again, I offer my thanks to Representatives Bartlett and Gilchrest, but where were Representatives Bentley, Cardin, Hoyer, Mfume, Morella and Wynn when 1.1 billion tax dollars were to be saved?

Charles R. Serio

Linthicum

Trash Disposal: Do You Care?

I am really surprised that more people are not more interested in what is happening with their trash. Well, Carroll County citizens, you can relax, thanks to the great job that the waste-to-energy committee has done over the last year and a half. This committee is to be applauded for what it has accomplished for this county and the surrounding counties as well. The commissioners couldn't have picked a better mix of individuals. They used the proper approach and even though many were not experts in the field, they became well informed.

When I first read about the formation of the committee, I offered my assistance and the assistance of my co-worker, Farhad Memarzadeh, an expert in the fields of waste-to-energy, environmental protection and energy conservation. I also brought along an engineering firm to discuss the procedures required for waste-to-energy plant permitting and various studies suggested prior to permitting. (I felt that we might be able to help because we had already spent about a year studying and putting together a master utility plan, which included waste-to-energy for National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.)

About nine months after I first offered our assistance, the chair of the committee, Lloyd Helt, called and said the committee was ready for us. After our presentation, Commissioner Donald Dell asked if I would attend the bi-monthly meetings and offer any assistance or advice.

I must say that I was a big advocate of waste-to-energy at the beginning. However, I do agree with the committee's findings that waste-to-energy has no place in Carroll County. That is, unless the county has a major master plan for a state-county-city office complex that could possibly utilize the electricity, steam and air conditioning that could be produced from the county's waste. (This would probably cost the county many hundreds of millions of dollars to build a complex of this size. Even if the energy produced would pay for the electricity and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, the initial cost would hurt the county's budget tremendously).

The committee has investigated many alternatives in the municipal waste disposal field. The first draft written to the commissioners couldn't be better. The committee has come up with a good blend of future studies involving waste source reduction, incentives for recycling, composting and, if the commissioners don't agree with these, the least attractive alternative of sending our trash out of county. The county loses a certain amount of control with the latter and could inevitably get stuck with a big pile of trash with no plan.

The commissioners should also be commended, especially Mr. Dell, for his involvement and attendance of the meetings. . . . Finally, I would also like to commend the Carroll County Times and The Sun for their coverage of the committee's meetings.

We all need to do our part in controlling our trash. This includes trying to reduce it, recycling it and making sure that it gets put in its proper place. Our descendants deserve this and so does good old Mother Earth.

Paul D. Hawver

Finksburg

A Safer Route 140?

I read the editorial, "Making Route 140 Safer," in The Sun (May 2) and was appalled. How in heaven's name can anyone in their right mind blame a highway for accidents?

The blame should be put where it belongs, on the irresponsible driver. I have driven on Route 140 doing 55 mph, and the cars pass by me like I am standing still. As soon as people learn to drive responsibly the accident rate will drop dramatically on Route 140.

Raymond S. Burnett

Baltimore

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