Poor Mail ServiceThe letter of Frank B. Hall (July 21...


July 29, 1994

Poor Mail Service

The letter of Frank B. Hall (July 21) regarding our post office states the facts but does not give us a solution.

During my lifetime the price of a first class letter has gone from three cents to 29 cents, but we have no right to complain about this, since the dollar has gone down in value to 5 percent of its former value.

Our complaint goes to the inadequate present system. As Mr. Hall suggests, mail now may take four or five days to reach its destination. When the cost was three cents, overnight delivery was assured. Why this inefficiency?

Ever since the government permitted unionization of public employees, the post office has gone downhill. Reason: primarily the leadership and the fact that members of the union cannot be fired.

Result: Each leader, like our legislators, has only one objective, personal aggrandizement, a desire to remain in power; each employee, knowing that he cannot be fired, is able to shrink his work, when he is so inclined.

While on the subject: Unionization is the main culprit for destroying our public school educational system. I am sure that there are many hard-working, non-surly union members in both the post office and the education systems, but one bad apple can destroy a barrel.

Caleb R. Kelly, Jr.


Lax Oversight

I read in your paper July 18 that the food stamps program paid out over $1.8 billion to persons who were ineligible and that approximately $560 million of aid was wrongly denied to persons who should have received aid.

This type of governmental administration is exactly why a single-payer health care system or any health care proposal like President Clinton's should not be enacted.

Food stamps is a program that aids only the poor. How much fraud will the government allow and how many mistakes will the government make if the government administers a program that all 250 million plus Americans are enrolled in? How many tax dollars will be wasted and how many persons will be wrongly denied care?

The Department of Agriculture administers food stamps, and the head of the department sits in President Clinton's cabinet. Furthermore, it is the president's first and foremost responsibility to administer the laws and programs, such as food stamps, that are passed by Congress.

Thus it is President Clinton's responsibility to take corrective actions to prevent such fraud and mistakes. President Clinton should have been aware of the $1.8 billion wasted last year and taken steps to reduce the waste this year.

He did nothing. At the very least, he owes the American taxpayers an apology for failing to do his job.

In light of such a costly failure, in such a comparatively small governmental program, can we really afford to allow President Clinton and any of his successors the responsibility of providing something to all of America as important as health care? From a look at the evidence the answer appears to me to be an emphatic no.

Maximillian F. Van Orden


Sounds of Silence

As I left the Meyerhoff Hall recently, savoring the memory of an excellent all-Mozart program performed by the Baltimore Symphony with Pamela Frank, violinist, and Barry Douglas, my ears were assailed by the blaring, relentless beat of an electronically "enhanced" band in the lobby, playing "music to dance by" as part of the offerings of the evening at symphony.

I realize that the capricious weather of the Baltimore summer prohibited setting up outside the hall, but I would have appreciated the time to reflect and enjoy the music I had just heard.

In these days of elevator music and constant noise, it would have been refreshing to emerge to musical silence from an uplifting evening of the greatest music ever written.

Beth Green Pierce



I am a resident of Mount Vernon in Baltimore; I am pastor of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church on Mount Vernon Square.

I am in absolute amazement that anyone would consider moving the Flower Mart from this location to a plaza, maybe even a building, for the sake of "profit."

The Flower Mart, as I understand it, is far more than a money-making program. It is about Baltimore being able to show off its uniqueness, its cultural wonder and its most beautiful square. All of this done by a group of dedicated and interested ladies for the good of youth.

We are constantly hearing from the present administration of the city about "selling" Baltimore, attracting visitors, seeking to have people come downtown, maybe even living here.

Yet, some of the very things that help to make Baltimore "sellable" are being taken away. Will Artscape be the next to move to some building?

Over the past several years I have been amazed that the ethnic neighborhood festivals have been moved from the very centers of their existence to some building for the sake of, I guess, making a profit.

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