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November 03, 1996

Electric automobile is a reality

Thank you for printing Michael Shnayerson's excellent Oct. 24 article, "Electric car will confound the skeptics."

The replacement of conventional, gasoline-fueled, internal combustion engine vehicles by electric vehicles will provide significant environmental, trade deficit and national security benefits to our nation.

As Mr. Shnayerson has shown, General Motors has proven that the electric car is a reality.

Morris Altschuler


States should control schools

Is the crime rate down in this country because we have 32 Republican governors and these governors are fed up with crime in their states and have acted appropriately? Or is crime down because Bill Clinton is in office?

Is the business climate good and are we all better off now than we were four years ago because these same 32 Republican governors reduced taxes in their states and spurred on business? Or is Bill Clinton taking credit for this, too?

Why do we need a cabinet post for our top-heavy education department?

Get rid of all the regulations, rules and red tape so that we can get on with the education of our children. Larger salaries and a more and larger bureaucracy we do not need. Washington doesn't have to control every state and school board in this country or threaten to withhold funds if every letter of regulations is not obeyed.

Michael L. Ruby


Prove Democrats wrong on Nov. 5

First decide which candidate you want as a role model for your children. Which one best represents the ideas of this country that have been a beacon of hope throughout the world. Remember how the first group of elected officials who promised to carry out the people's mandate have been attacked. Of course, when they managed to get their promises into legislation, Bill Clinton claimed they were his ideas. How stupid are we supposed to be. Prove them wrong Nov. 5.

William D. Faye

Bel Air

Republicans duck right-wing record

I note that the Republican incumbents seeking re-election to the House of Representatives are silent about many things they must feel are their most treasured accomplishments. We do not hear any rhetoric about the ''Contract with America,'' or ''defunding the left.'' One might presume that these items mark the proudest moments for the majority in the 104th Congress.

They did, after all, attempt to save us from Barney and Big Bird -- two very obvious threats to representative government.

They also managed to stop daily delivery of ice to the offices of House members. This, no doubt, saved us thousands of dollars and a great deal of water.

These are the same freshmen who had to be taken into a caucus room before the State of the Union address and told not to boo or hiss the president. This was obviously a group that required adult supervision.

We have heard nothing about the attempts to change our Constitution in most profound ways in order to push the ideological agenda of special interest groups.

It is a discomforting thought that these people would trivialize the most sacred principles for shameless political pandering.

Coupled with all of this were their numerous investigations. These were held in order to appeal to elements of our society who use their right to own firearms and to protest to cover blatant criminal activity.

Of course, when it comes to unsavory activity, they did manage to cover up the Ethics Committee investigation of their friend and mentor, Newt Gingrich.

Is this the group that asserts that elections should be about ''character'' and ''moral values''?

Hopefully, the voters will look at the record of this group and understand that it is not conservative at all. Their agenda is quite radical.

Gordon C. Hatt

Glen Burnie

Garbageman Day a private enterprise

As an attendant at the Oct. 25 Garbageman Appreciation Day held by Baltimore RESCO (Refuge Energy Systems Co.), I was interested in reading The Sun's account the next day.

It was headlined, ''City's Appreciation Day thanks garbage collectors,'' giving the impression it was a city affair.

I should like to mention that this annual October event began in 1988 and was the brainchild of Steve Tomczewski, the RESCO plant manager.

It is done under the sole sponsorship of RESCO. The preparation and distribution of food and favors is by RESCO employees along with a few volunteers.

It was not until the very end of the story that proper credit was given. One of the drivers was quoted as saying, ''I think it's nice that the RESCO people have this day for us.''

Louis A. Demely


Pub Date: 11/03/96

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