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July 19, 1995

Baltco is doing a good job in recycling

I am writing in response to the letter written by Jerome S. McManus -- recycling in Baltimore County (Forum, June 28).

There have been several negative letters on this subject, but most are from folks who have just started the program.

Some of us in Baltimore County have been recycling for a while, but I suppose we, too, were apprehensive at first.

I'm sorry, but many of us feel the program is working very well. It's one of the easiest systems around -- requiring just a minimum of preparation and sorting. All we have to do is wash the containers.

It isn't at all difficult, and I've never felt "required to store 'real' trash for an unacceptable time." The 90 degree temperatures don't cause a problem because nothing smells if containers are clean.

We've found we can stack all our paper neatly in brown paper bags and put all the containers in blue plastic bags. (Extra bags can be recycled at many area grocery stores). That leaves us with so little "real" trash we seldom fill a can anymore.

We encountered a minor inconvenience once when a holiday took away our container recycling days. We had to store them an additional two weeks, and they really piled up.

I felt it was justified when I heard someone on television say that many of the containers are recycled within 10 days after they're received. Have you received your BGE bill lately? Did you notice the new brown envelopes made of recycled paper?

I think Baltimore County has done a good job of educating the public, and I think it is doing an efficient job of implementing its program.

Patricia Long

Baltimore

Newt not named

Ishmael Reed's "Talking Morals to the Underclass Is Like Slave Owners Talking Liberty" (Perspective, July 9) gave several examples of hypocrisy, with all but one of the individuals being identified by name.

Among those named were Mike Royko and Virginia Sen. Charles Robb.

Yet in the midst of this recitation we find the following paragraph: "In his inaugural speech and in his speech commemorating the 100th day in office of the 1995 Republican-led Congress, the new House speaker, who is divorced and the child of a teen-age mother, delivered anecdotes about social pathology."

Not everyone is sufficiently up on things to recognize from this paragraph that the House speaker is Newt Gingrich. How and why comes it that all your examples of hypocrisy are named except for Mr. Gingrich?

Did the writer omit the name, or was it deleted by an editor? Is someone down there personally afraid of Newt -- or a personal friend of his?

I think you owe us an explanation of how you decide who gets the knife by name and who will be given the partial protection of anonymity.

George H. Winslow

Ellicott City

Not a joint Mass

Lest your readers be misled, I write to point out that your editorial of July 2, "Ecumenical Progress Where Needed," erred in stating that Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I participated in a "joint celebration of Mass" during their recent historic meeting at the Vatican.

The patriarch was present at the Mass celebrated by the pope. The two hierarchs subsequently prayed together at the tomb of St. Peter and jointly blessed the crowd in attendance.

A concelebrated Eucharist will come only after that long awaited day when the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church heal the schism of 1054 and again worship and commune together.

In the meantime, the truth is that in spite of all the conciliatory actions and expressions of brotherly love between the pope and the patriarch, there is still serious division between the churches on basic liturgical and doctrinal matters.

Beyond the individual actions of popes and patriarchs, there is much to be discussed and resolved.

Evan Alevizatos Chriss

Baltimore

Baltimore's finest at work

Regarding Stephanie Darr's June 24 letter to the editor about her car being vandalized during an Oriole game at Camden Stadium, let me state that the officer who reluctantly took her complaint is not representative of the entire Police Department.

On June 17, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary with another couple at a favorite restaurant on East Franklin Street.

There was an excellent parking space on St. Paul Street, so we decided to park. After a couple hours of dining we left the restaurant, only to approach our car and notice a piece of paper in the windshield.

Everyone's instinct was that my husband had received a parking ticket. Instead, Officer Derrick Boyd of Central District had left a note stating that numerous vehicle break-ins had occurred in the 500 block of St. Paul Street and that it was not wise to leave anything of value in the car plainly visible, such as our cellular phone.

His note added that we should be aware of the broken glass around our car, which indicated a prior vandalism.

This officer did not have to take time to write a note of warning, but apparently he felt that as a law enforcement person, it was his duty to leave this note.

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