Millions for trivia in Whitewater probeThe country is $5...

LETTERS

March 26, 1996

Millions for trivia in Whitewater probe

The country is $5 trillion in debt, jobs are disappearing overseas at a rapid rate, the government is still operating on emergency appropriations, and what is the Senate Banking Committee doing about these problems?

Why, it is in the process of spending $30 million of our tax money to find out why the Clintons lost $40,000 in an investment they made many years ago. And as if that were not enough, it now seems to want unlimited new resources (read, many millions more of our tax dollars) to keep harassing witnesses in the now infamous Alfonse D'Amato style.

The issue is so far removed from important problems facing the nation, it's surprising the Republican presidential candidates have so far ignored it.

But please forgive them, they're too busy slinging mud at each other to worry about national problems, trivial or otherwise.

$John and Kathryn Venables

Towson

Seniors will miss adult care programs

The shutdown of the Baltimore County Department of Aging Adult Care Centers means the elderly will no longer have anywhere to go, no activity to anticipate.

These citizens have fought the good fight through life. Their only misfortune is to be survivors during an administration that has forgotten its members will also be advancing in years. Is a nursing home the only alternative?

It is extremely cruel to begin a good work and, as in my 93-year-old mother's case, withdraw the much needed care she looked forward to two days a week.

I understand cuts must be made, but why pick on the defenseless? After July 1, the seniors who had been going to the Catonsville Adult Day Care Center will wake up with nothing to do.

Marilyn Guill

Catonsville

Hopkins lectures used to be free

Shame on The Sun for reporting as news the forthcoming Johns Hopkins lecture series on the English language. It would ++ be better to call it an advertisement.

For more than 100 years until recently, Hopkins brought in distinguished lecturers to address the various student bodies and also invited interested people in the community to attend. It was a happy tradition, one of openness in learning. Everyone benefited.

Charging admission to talks by visiting lecturers puts matters on an entirely different basis. Learning becomes entertainment, an elitist pastime. And the community is the poorer for the change, both the people interested in the subjects treated and those others who might come out of curiosity.

Jane Spencer Baltimore

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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