Cyber VotingPerhaps it's time for a change in the primary...


September 21, 1994

Cyber Voting

Perhaps it's time for a change in the primary election process.

Many now have access to home computers. Tasks that were once done outside the home, such as banking, library services and shopping, are now possible on the home computer. It would not be hard to visualize the voting process taking place this way.

For those who haven't yet connected into cyberspace, the polls would stay open as always. However for those with personal computers, the task would become much simpler.

Larry J. Hankin


Dedicated Losers

It is absolutely unconscionable that a small number of ignorant, obstinate, rockheaded, power mad, arrogant baseball team owners should be able to shut down the game.

There is something involved here that transcends the rights of ownership. It's the same type of violation that occurred in our town when the Baltimore Colts were uprooted because their owner, after destroying the most fervent fan base in the NFL, was allowed to leave town with a great part of what made Baltimore Baltimore.

These so called ''Baseball Men'' haven't a clue as to the treasure that is temporarily in their trust. The silver-tongued owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott, freely admits that to her it's simply an investment and she really doesn't know much about it.

One owner was reportedly astonished to learn recently of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and exclaimed, ''He must have been really good!'' How can it be that ignoramuses like these are allowed to be in charge?

Baseball is a part of Americana. It has survived scandal, the Great Depression, earthquake and the designated hitter rule. It is impervious to harm except from those who run it. If they are too stupid to succeed in a monopolistic enterpise that generates billions of dollars per year then they should sell, get out, and find something that they can do. Don't ruin it for the rest of us.

John Eisenberg's article in The Sun Sept. 14 was right on. The owners, unable to settle the real dispute, the inequity between the wealthy and wealthier organizations, decided to ask the players to chip in to even things up.

They fired the commissioner, the office created to act for the good of the game, because they were afraid that he might do exactly that; they passed a rule that allowed the most rabid minority among them to call the shots and proceeded to disgrace themselves.

They have proven themselves unworthy by any measure and deserve to have their anti-trust exemption nullified and someone put in charge who can restore some order and dignity. I'm angry.

Sig Seidenman

Owings Mills

Beam Me Up

I enjoyed your Sept. 4 article on the new 18-inch satellite dish now available in Maryland. I've had mine since the beginning of August and couldn't be happier.

With cable still several hills away and large dishes violating the covenants, I was driven to get one simply because the few things I do watch (such as auto racing) seem to be regularly pre-empted by the local ABC affiliate.

Obviously ABC also was tired of WJZ's not towing the corporate line and spun the station off. Now that I have my dish, it doesn't even faze me that WJZ (soon to be with CBS) will pre-empt the auto races that CBS made famous or, for that matter, Wimbledon matches, because I am now beamed into loyal affiliates out of New York, Chicago and Atlanta.

Aren't competition and choice terrific?

Peter Bell


More Auto Rip-offs

I agree with your reader Sandy Linn (letter, Sept. 12) that the automobile inspection system in Maryland is a rip-off.

I moved to Baltimore City a week before my District of Columbia registration expired, so I had a limited time to get my car registered in Maryland. I called around to get the best price for an inspection and chose a station in Lutherville that required an appointment.

Three days later, I took my car in but was informed that they would not inspect it because it was raining. They said no inspection of brakes could be done in the entire state of Maryland on rainy days.

Since my D.C. registration expired the next day, I could not wait for the weather to clear. I found a station that did their brake tests in a covered garage. I did not pass because I needed an alignment and a battery clamp -- total $90. If I had the work done elsewhere, I would have had to pay an addition $12 ''re-inspection fee.''

An elderly gentleman who came in while I was waiting was quoted over $500 in repairs required before he could pass.

Inspections do not have to be done this way. In Massachusetts, service stations perform inspections for a flat $25 fee. The owner sits in her car at the attendant checks lights, wipers, brakes, emissions, etc.

The process takes 10 minutes at most and miraculously can be performed in all types of weather.

Elizabeth M. Nix


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