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June 28, 1995

Limos not the same

I would like to share an experience my husband and I had this past spring.

In March, we were fortunate enough to go on a cruise. Instead of paying to park our car at the airport for a week we decided to hire a limousine to drive us to and from the airport.

A bit more expensive than paying to park, but the convenience was worth it. The cost of renting the limousine to pick us up at our door and deliver us to the boarding entrance of the airport was $40 plus 15 percent tip, a total of $46.

In April, my mother-in-law passed away. We were making the funeral arrangements at the funeral home and found that the limousine needed for immediate family members would be $150.

The rented limousine to take us to the airport would pick us up at our front door. The funeral home limousine would take us five miles from the mortuary to the gravesite and deliver us back to our starting point.

I cannot understand the vast difference in price. Is it because the grieving family has no choice when making funeral arrangements? There just seems to be no justified explanation for the vast difference in cost. Can any funeral director explain this to me?

Betty Pfeffer


No way to recycle

The recycling program recently implemented in Baltimore County is flawed.

If Maryland must comply with federally mandated recycling, Maryland should at least attempt to determine a sensible, uniform way to conduct the program with a focus on both convenience and sanitation for the taxpayer.

Baltimore County has merely slapped together a deficient program that requires taxpayers to store, in their homes, "real" trash (as opposed to plastic and paper) for an unacceptable time.

Prior to recycling, we had two "real" trash collections per week. We now have one and must let the trash accumulate in 90-degree weather, waiting for that one collection day to come around.

This is absolutely ridiculous. There is more environmental pollution generated by the hundreds of thousands of plastic trash bags being ripped apart by crows than is being avoided by this insidious recycling program.

Not only is the program the result of inept planning, what makes it absolutely unacceptable is that someone is making big bucks out of this process.

I want to know who is getting the paper, plastic, bottles, etc., hTC that are to be recycled. How much are these materials being sold for, and into whose pockets does the cash go?

Why should I be required to watch trash accumulate and at the same time be required to do the "raw material mining" for some bozo collecting millions of dollars for the hundreds of thousands of tons of recycling material?

Take this money and restore our second "real" trash pick-up day or we'll get some more people out of office at the next election.

Jerome S. McManus


Not really tribes

The Charles County "Piscataway" Indians want recognition as a "tribe'' by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which would allow them to set up Las Vegas style casinos on land they will buy to be called a "reservation."

The federal government legalized large-scale reservation type casinos in 1988 without the federal/state controls that the non-Indian casinos must adhere to. To be classified as a tribe member, you only need to have a sixteenth of that blood line. This alone is a joke.

The "Pequot" Indians of Connecticut have already established the largest bingo parlor and casino on the East Coast using this federal taxpayers rip-off law.

They have amassed millions of tax-free dollars from unknown overseas sources to build their empire. They are not subject to commerce, anti-trust nor any other laws that control other ethnic type business groups. The "Piscataways" have these same discriminating rights.

This is a bad federal law that opens the door to huge tax losses and to drug money entering the country to start these gambling reservations. It must be stopped.

These "tribes" must be subject to all the laws that other casinos face or not be allowed to exist. If I were governor of Connecticut, I would block all roads to the "Pequot" reservation, cut off the water, electricity and all other taxpayer paid conveniences until they, like other people, pay their share. This is a disgrace to taxpayers.

I hope Gov. Parris N. Glendening is smart enough to not let it happen in Maryland and the federal governorment is smart enough to stop it. These people are worse than Al Capone, the crime lord of the 1930s.

Bobby Thompson


Novel approach to welfare: Makepeople work

There has been so much controversy over welfare that after years of mismanagement and generations of people being paid with no effort I can't believe no one has discovered a solution. Here's my idea:

Categorize all people on welfare as (1) unable to work, (2) of limited ability or (3) fully able to work.

Then require all those in categories two and three to work 20 to 30 hours a week by giving them whatever minimum wage jobs are available in the state.

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