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April 16, 1996

Sun Journal informs, fascinates

Kudos to The Sun for creating the "Sun Journal" column. It is always well-written, comprehensive and far-ranging in subject matter. It never ceases to inform and fascinate the thoughtful reader.

#Frieda Fairman Eisenberg

Baltimore

Remember Rouse as humanitarian

While reading your extraordinary and moving obituary to Jim Rouse (April 10, "Designer of America"), I could not help but feel that, even as unassuming as Mr. Rouse was, he, too, would have liked it.

Perhaps what made Jim Rouse more proud was that not only were his brilliant ideas in real estate development being copied, much more importantly, his humanitarian activities were being copied as well. All of us have been beneficiaries of having had this giant live among us.

Stewart J. Greenebaum

Baltimore

Collective bargaining good for state workers

The proposal of pay for performance for Maryland state employees is excellent. At the same time, the public must understand the following: This writer considers the state to be a good employer, and it is a pleasure to serve its citizens as an employee. One certainly wants to see Gov. Parris Glendening do more with less.

At the same time, safeguards for staff such as the equal employment opportunity and personnel rules and regulations do not always work as intended. Management can find ways to circumvent them. Consequently, apathy does exist. If someone has a legitimate complaint, nothing will really be done to correct it.

Collective bargaining is a tool not only to increase employee efficiency but also restore the confidence in the labor/management relationship in state government. It will improve management performance. Taxpayers and elected *T officials would be wise to support something that has worked well elsewhere.

Daniel E. Withey

Sykesville

American hotels need to conserve water

America, during its first 200 years, has been blessed with plentiful natural resources, including the most critical to the existence of life -- water. Should we be facing up to the real possibility of a scarcity of water?

Recently, while touring Hong Kong and Thailand, I found many hotels that had an established policy aimed at conserving water. The system deals with an optional laundering of sheets, pillow cases and towels for guests spending more than one night. Guests may opt for using the same linen, thereby saving gallons of water per person per day.

If you multiply the gallons of water saved per person per day by the millions of people traveling in this region, the savings would be staggering. In addition to water conservation, you must also consider the reduction of detergent and energy usage during laundering.

America has contributed greatly to the well-being of the Earth and its people, yet we can learn from older countries less endowed with natural resources.

I made calls to some of our major hotels in order to determine conservation programs being practiced. I was pleased that some have established environmental programs and others were considering a water conservation policy. My study found only one hotel chain, Holiday Inn, with a water saving program in practice; linens are changed every third day.

The optional program has been in effect in 82 (11 percent) of the Holiday Inns for 13 months. An estimated 3.5 million gallons of water have been saved and 20,000 gallons of detergent have not reached the waste water system. It has been too difficult to gauge the savings in energy.

What if a large percentage of American hotels embarked on such a water conservation plan? Just think how much of this priceless resource would be saved? The results would be two-fold. There would be a more productive and efficient operation that creates significant savings for hotels and/or patrons. But, by far, the greatest impact would be felt by Mother Earth herself.

#E. Standish Bradford Jr.

Glen Burnie

The writer is president of the board of directors of Save Our Streams.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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