Subways YoungerOn June 24 Gallimaufry wrote that "New...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 03, 1995

Subways Younger

On June 24 Gallimaufry wrote that "New Yorkers continue to use underground subways built well over a century ago."

According to Brian J. Cudahy, author of "Under the Sidewalks of New York," that town's first subway train left City Hall station under the control of Mayor George B. McClellan at precisely 35 1/2 minutes after 2 o'clock on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 27, 1904.

That was well under a century ago.

John B. Reid

Baltimore

Garbage

Jeannette Bernstein (letter, June 19) complains that, because her garbage smells, Baltimore County should resume garbage pick-ups twice a week as it did before providing recycling service. I disagree.

I've lived comfortably in Illinois, California, D.C. and Virginia with trash service once a week. In the spirit of less government (read "curbing taxes") and more individual responsibility, I make a few suggestions.

Try composting. It is gratifying to spread rich, dark soil in your yard knowing you helped reduce land fill consumption, didn't pay anything, and didn't smell up your garbage can.

Also, try using a garbage disposal if you don't use a septic system for your waste water. Not having a garbage disposal, I keep a plastic-lined container in my refrigerator for food waste to control odors indoors.

I also either rinse organic waste residues from packages and containers or seal them before throwing them away.

If a neighbor's waste is the problem, your options are diplomacy or a military solution. If the problem is a common waste storage bin, you probably rent from a property management company and the problem should be solved by them.

Options include trying to get the waste stored further away, having management install garbage disposals in all units, using an odor-control substance in the bin, hiring a private trash hauler for supplemental pickups, or moving.

I think Baltimore County is doing a decent job balancing costs and benefits in providing solid waste management services. It is time for citizens to think and act like citizens.

Jim George

Chase

Area Code Woes

Your June 13 story about the possibility of more telephone area codes for Maryland took me back to about three years ago, when I watched my staff clear the shelves in our office stockroom.

We were having to throw away large amounts of our letterhead, billhead, invoices, brochures and various other advertising materials and customer giveaways. All of it showed our area code as 301 when the telephone company was changing it to 410.

We didn't move, but our area code was moved right out from under us, and that made it necessary and expensive to redo all of our stationery and advertising items.

And now, according to your story, there is a recommendation that Maryland receive two more new area codes within the next few years. Here we go again.

The moment I read that I called our advertising supplier and canceled an order for 5,000 giveaway writing pens that would show area code 410 next to our telephone number. They weren't too happy about losing that order.

We will also dramatically reduce the size of our stationery orders. All for the same reason, the possibility of another area code change.

The telephone company is prospering in this situation, so I have a suggestion.

If we business and professional people in Baltimore are soon required to adjust to another area code, then the telephone company should reimburse us for our resultant stationery reprinting and supplies replacement expenses.

Dave Mason

Baltimore

The writer is president of Lawyers Insurance Agency Inc.

Bring Him Back

I am deeply disappointed that you have discontinued Michael Himowitz's column on computers.

His columns were very informative and well written. They usually included topics that the average non-technical computer user such as myself could benefit from.

I saved many of them for future reference. The replacement column is not as good nor as helpful.

I hope you will reconsider and bring him back.

Irving Goldstein

Baltimore

New State Program

I felt compelled to respond to a June 20 letter to the editor that was critical of Gov. Parris Glendening's decision to establish the Transitional Emergency, Medical and Housing Assistance program (TEMHA).

This new program will combine the efforts of three state departments to provide a safety net of assistance for low income, disabled adults.

These three departments, (Maryland Department of Human Resources, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Housing and Community Development) are working in partnership with local governments and community agencies such as Action for the Homeless, Maryland Food Committee, Catholic Charities, in an effort to meet critical needs for eligible participants.

There has been much written about TEMHA which asserts that it will require more bureaucracy to administer than did the former entitlement program.

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