Vacant FieldI suggest the stadium at Camden Yards be torn...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 26, 1994

Vacant Field

I suggest the stadium at Camden Yards be torn down and a field created for that popular state sport of jousting. Such a move would bring large numbers of spectators to the area by light rail and be a financial bonanza for the area restaurants.

A5 Forget it. I think I heard a similar plan before.

William D. Townsend

Timonium

Antique Cars

Your editorial of July 22 stated that, ''one of the most effective ways to reduce smog is to get older polluting autos off the road.'' This is not always true.

You failed to mention if Crown Central Petroleum is receiving pollution credits from the EPA for their auto scrapping program.

For those who are not aware of these programs, it looks like Crown is helping the environment. This is not the case. The EPA is requiring major stationary polluters to reduce their smokestack emissions. Alas, the EPA has given big business a way to put off their responsibilities of cleaning up the environment.

The EPA has instituted the junker-clunker scrapping program. A stationary polluter may crush older automobiles, for which the EPA issues credits. These may be used to buy delays for these stationary sources to meet EPA pollution standards.

What is even more of an insult, is that these credits may be sold to other stationary polluters.

I am a member of the GTO Association of America, and the Royal GTOs, which is the local chapter in Maryland. I own three pre-1977 GTO's. These cars only travel about 3,000 miles each ** year, which is true for most other collectors as well.

We keep our cars well maintained, which is the most important factor to a clean burning automobile. If a newer vehicle is not properly maintained, it will pollute 20 times worse than all three of my vehicles combined.

We in the auto hobby are disturbed by these scrapping programs. When a vehicle is entered in a program, the entire vehicle is destroyed. Good re-usable components such as sheet metal, glass, trim, engine, transmission, etc. are crushed.

These parts are usable to us in the hobby. We have been recycling for years. These programs will not help the air quality because smokestack emissions will not be reduced. Crown can (if it is getting credits) sell those credits to Bethlehem Steel or any other major polluter. Or this may just be a public relations exercise.

The next time you attend a parade or an auto show and you admire these well maintained and restored automobiles, take a good look.

Talk to the owners and find out how much work and pride we have in our cars. The automobile hobby pumps millions of dollars into the economy.

Alan Dausinger

Abingdon

D.C. Law

The Sun Sept. 21 contained two pieces on a recent child custody decision from the District of Columbia. Custody of the children in this divorce were given to their father, by a woman judge, rather than to their mother.

There is an essential element in this case that was not discussed in either article: District of Columbia law does not provide for joint custody of children. Only one parent can receive custody; the other cannot, no matter how good a parent s/he may be.

If D.C. allowed for joint custody, a choice would very likely not have been made in this case as to whom might be considered the "better" parent. Rather, both parents would very likely have shared custody.

In the Prost case, both parents are considered to be "good" parents, and it is clearly unfortunate for all concerned that such a choice needed to be made.

This is not a case of gender discrimination, but one, because of anachronistic D.C. law, of discrimination against good sense.

It is unfortunate for Sharon Prost that she will have less contact with her children. But it is even more unfortunate that the children in every case like this in D.C. will have less contact with a loving parent.

Randall J. Snyder

Relay

Litterbugs

Contrary to Joseph J. Jaffa's opinion (letter, Sept. 14), practically all of the rubbish that litters our streets, parks, etc., is due to inconsiderate slobs.

I have ridden a bicycle around Lake Montebello for a number of years and have picked up a good many thousands of bottles, often as many as a dozen or more within a foot of one of the trash cans. Once I found a pile of 17 bottles at the 33rd Street entrance. Obviously, someone had driven in, dumped the beer bottles and left. And there are plenty of cans around the lake, although not as many as there were.

On three occasions I saw large dumps of crab shells.

I live on The Alameda. People drive by and toss their beer, whiskey and soda bottles on the median strip. I pick them up.

I never dump trash or bottles on the streets or any other outdoor property. I take it home and put it in my own trash can, unless, of course, there is a convenient public can.

I say that litterbugs are not only ignorant slobs, they are just plain stupid.

Alfred M. Strickland

Baltimore

Polarization

This letter is in reference to an article about Jacqueline McLean, that appeared in The Sun Sept. 3.

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