Dynamometer test is small price to payTom Horton's recent...

Letters

March 05, 1997

Dynamometer test is small price to pay

Tom Horton's recent comparison of treadmills and dynamometers finally brings the whole "enhanced vehicle emission inspection program" into a focus ordinary citizens can understand.

Sit behind a dirty tailpipe throughout a two-minute traffic light and you are angry with the car and its owner. We all have tailpipe emissions, every car and every minute we drive that car. Add it up. The point is to cut the polluting emissions from the worst-polluting vehicles and the dynamometer and trained personnel can do that.

Revelation about pollution from cars came to us one day in New York City after an overnight snow eliminated all cars from the streets. The power plants were running at full capacity, smokestacks and heating units were pushed to their limits, but the air was clear. You could see the 55 plus blocks from the beginning of Fifth Avenue clear up to Central Park. It was astonishing.

If any reasonable measure can contribute to longer life or better quality of life in Maryland, we're willing to try it and hope others will do the same.

Dan and Pat Lane

Baltimore

Too many profit from drug war

The Feb. 23 Perspective article was an incisive commentary on our government's futile, misguided "drug war."

The authors explained how our policy of prohibition produces the immense profits that guarantee the perpetuation of the drug trade here and abroad.

The question must be asked: Are our leaders really so stupid that they still don't see what is blatantly obvious after over 30 years of billions of wasted dollars, constitutional protections destroyed, a society with a greater percentage of its citizens in jail than any other industrialized nation and an unabated drug trade?

I don't think so.

There are many special interests benefiting from our "war on drugs," while the American public pays the tab. Could this be part of the rationale for persisting with this expensive failed policy?

Sig Seidenman

Owings Mills

Beautiful people earned their statue

George F. Will's objections (Feb. 24) to placing the statue of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott in the Capitol Rotunda seem to have two major arguments.

First, the statue is unattractive. Second, the placement would be made merely to placate a few present-day feminists.

The three women in question were key players in the enfranchisement of more than 50 percent of our population.

That is a huge accomplishment for the democracy of the United States and it seems to me that every person fortunate enough to have a vote should be able to appreciate that achievement.

If the statue is unattractive, we should create one is more attractive. Those women were beautiful people.

I suspect that Mr. Will has seen himself represented in history so consistently that he fails to appreciate what it has meant to him.

Betsy McNamara

Baldwin

Trash pickup holiday for Valentine's Day

We recently read in The Sun about the lack of publicity on tax breaks for city homeowners. Another great city secret is the holidays it chooses to celebrate. On such days, of course, there is no trash collection.

On Friday, Feb. 14, nearly everyone in my neighborhood put trash out for pick-up, since there was no announcement on the news, in local newspapers or in Department of Public Works fliers, that city workers would be observing Lincoln's Birthday that Friday.

One neighbor actually wondered if they were celebrating Valentine's Day.

Why not consolidate city holidays with federal observance? Then we would all know when not to put out the trash. Or better yet, collect the trash on holidays.

So our streets were full of garbage until Tuesday when, we were assured by the mayor's office, there would be ''double pickup.'' Of what remained after the rats had their fill.

Steve Young

Baltimore

Republic formerly known as Macedonia

The article about Albania, Feb. 23, incorrectly referred to the Former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as Macedonia.

As you know, the United Nations and the United States are recognizing this state as FYROM until another name is decided upon.

The majority of the people who live in this state are Slavs. The next largest group is the Albanians.

The Slavs are not Macedonians, since they came to the Balkan Peninsula in the 7th century A.D., at least one thousand years after Alexander the Great, the most famous Macedonian.

The only reason they want the name Macedonia, which they have been trying to use since 1944, is to try to carry out a plot to take the Macedonian land that is a part of northern Greece as their own.

Panayiotis Baltatzis

Towson

The writer is president of the Macedonian Association of Maryland.

More police power violates citizens' rights

The recent Supreme Court ruling giving police unlimited authority during traffic stops is a total disregard of the Fourth Amendment by our highest court. The Constitution that guaranteed citizens protection from unreasonable search and seizure has been ignored.

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