Require tune-ups, not emissions testsMandatory emissions...


February 27, 1997

Require tune-ups, not emissions tests

Mandatory emissions testing is a nuisance procedure to determine what is already known -- that a majority of Maryland automobiles need a tune-up.

Mandatory tune-up certification submitted along with license plate applications and renewals would clean the air significantly, save gasoline and eliminate the need for emissions testing.

atrick Dempsey

Ocean City

Dynamometer test was a nightmare

I read with interest William C. Baker's Feb. 17 letter describing his nine-minute "happy experience," while his car underwent the Vehicle Emission Inspection Program's dynamometer test. Unfortunately, my experience was the emissions test from hell.

I entered the Owings Mills inspection station at 11: 30 a.m. on Aug. 9, expecting to go through the test quickly and have lunch at the mall. To save the environment, I opted for the dynamometer test.

The technician got into my car, revved up the engine, looked at the screen, developed a puzzled look on his face and abruptly shut the engine off. He did this two more times. Finally, in desperation he turned to me and asked me if the car had traction control. I answered yes it did and he asked how to shut off the traction control. I shut it off and he proceeded with the test.

As the technician exited the car, he broke off a plastic door bracket. He proceeded to attempt to put it back on. He then called a helper who also tried to put it back on.

Finally, they called "the mechanic," who looked at it and announced that we would have to take the car to the dealer who would have to remove the entire door frame to properly put the door bracket in place.

At that point I asked to see the manager. When I explained to the manager what had happened, the first thing he said to me was: "How do we know it wasn't broken when you brought the car in?"

If the state of Maryland insists on forcing the dynamometer test on unsuspecting Maryland motorists, the state better hire people to perform the test who know what they are doing.

And the state better get plenty of liability insurance.

Leon Reinstein


Signs of a lack of racial understanding

I wish we in America had reached a point where letters like ''A reminder of our heritage'' (Feb. 20) were a thing of the past.

Unfortunately Virginia S. Sollers-Hoffmaster is among the majority of white Americans who simply don't understand or who refuse to understand. The Confederate flag is not just an affront to Sen. Larry Young but to an entire race of people, save a few.

When I read this letter I was immediately reminded of a quote whose authorship I do not recall. ''We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.'' The Confederate flag is just as much a hate symbol for African-Americans as other symbols may be for members of other ethnic and religious backgrounds. Can we try to have a little understanding?

Theodore C. Wood


Not a penny more on doomed projects

Recently, there have been a number of articles and editorials concerning the failing City Life Museums. As far as we are concerned, the pleas for more aid should be falling on deaf ears.

The city should not spend one penny on these doomed projects. The taxpayers should be outraged that their money is wasted in this manner.

How many Fish Markets, City Life Museums and Brokerages will the city pump money into before it realizes nothing is going to work without adequate parking and credible public support?

These political impulses are simply a waste of money. Why is the city constantly pouring good money after bad on these risky, costly ventures? When will city planners realize that money would be better spent on the repair and maintenance of neglected streets and curbs in our neighborhoods?

Instead of experimenting in the dead zone, the city should be expanding and improving the areas in the city that are stable, productive and successful. Neighborhoods like Little Italy, Highlandtown and Fells Point are guaranteed to return the city's investment.

Why does the city even consider a $16 million loan to repair the personal property of Rouse's Inner Harbor pavilions and ignore the 50-year-old curbs and streets of our neighborhoods?

There is more to Baltimore than Harborplace and the surrounding museums.

Roberto Marsili

Richard Ingrao


'Terrorist' label used too loosely

If, in Nazi Germany, a group of Jewish resistance fighters had captured and held hostage 72 world VIPs in order to demand the release of 400 Jewish concentration camp inmates, would the U.S. media have referred to them as ''terrorists''?

Why, then, does The Sun (Feb. 12) continue to slander those Peruvians who resist President Alberto K. Fujimori's torture and terror dictatorship as ''terrorists''?

Have they committed any of the truly terrorist acts that the present Peruvian government commits on a daily basis?

Robert Kaufman


Pub Date: 2/27/97

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