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LETTERS

September 20, 1997

BGE explains changes in pricing and delivery

BGE recently unveiled a pilot residential gas choice program called Gas Options, which for the first time gives up to 25,000 residential customers the opportunity to select alternative gas supplies.

Because gas supply and delivery services traditionally have been purchased as a package -- and until recently billed as such -- it is understandable that customers might not fully understand the associated costs once they are itemized. This was clearly illustrated in an Aug. 30 letter to the editor from Frank A. Sume.

The alternative suppliers participating in Gas Options will purchase a specified amount of gas that matches customers' normal use, and arrange to deliver the gas to the Baltimore area. BGE will still be responsible for taking delivery of the gas and transporting it to customers' homes through the existing BGE pipeline and maintaining the safety and reliability of this extensive delivery system.

Likewise, BGE is obligated to purchase and deliver gas to meet customer demand during peak periods; this includes customers participating in Gas Options. In other words, on cold winter nights when a Gas Options customer's demand for gas exceeds the amount delivered by the alternative supplier, BGE stands by to bridge the gap.

It's important to note that every BGE customer -- those who elect to remain with BGE for gas supply and those who select an alternative supplier -- enjoys these vital services. The fees that Mr. Sume noted cover the value of these BGE services.

D. Douglas DeWitt

Baltimore

The writer represents BGE.

Irish reconciliation requires end of British presence

The Aug. 26 editorial, ''Irish memory,'' certainly has a point.

As a first generation Irish-American born to an immigrant mother and father and with an immigrant sister from the 1920s, I was brought up to hate the English for their 800 years of depraved conduct toward my forefathers and in particular the famine.

If there is to be a reconciliation, and I pray there is one, the good Protestant people will have to become Irish (as they are by birth).

The great majority of Protestants are good and God-fearing and it is only the extremists such as Ian Paisley and his like who prevent peaceful associations. If there were true equality in the North, the IRA would cease to exist.

As my parents before, I have tried to teach my children the rich culture of Irish tradition. I have told them the good and the bad, and they and I tell their children.

Although, in my early years, I considered Michael Collins a traitor, time has shown me that he was a true patriot. Shame on the people of Clonakilty; they should know better.

It is my fervent hope that the peace talks will be all-inclusive and fruitful and hopefully result in the end of all violence in the part of both communities. Ulster Protestants are Irish as well as the rest, and surely are interested in peace as well as the Catholic people.

However, peace requires equality, and as long as there is a British presence in Ireland, that equality will be hindered by 800 years of bitterness.

` God bless Ireland.

John P. Rowland

Baltimore

Who's responsible for fiasco of Maryland child support?

I was stunned to read in the Sept. 11 Sun that after 10 years and 90 percent federal funding Maryland has yet to computerize the child support system.

As the grandmother of two children whose biological father has quit his job to avoid paying child support, I know first-hand how difficult it is to get help from the system. Calls are not returned and action, if any, is not reported. Meanwhile, two children are forsaken and their mother struggles to feed, clothe and house them. Where are our tax dollars going?

Federal funding will be lost because Maryland is not using the money granted and not performing according to law. What good does it do to enact laws that cannot be implemented because those in power do not act?

Who is in charge of this department and why has this fiasco been allowed to happen?

Kathy Schatz

Baltimore

Stop using schools as marketing tools

The debate over corporate advertisers' manipulation of children has raged for years. It is a debate, as Bill Moyers once noted, that contains two very different views of children. One treats them as ''feeling, wondering and wondrous beings to be handled with care because they are fragile. The other treats them as members of a vast collective to be hustled.''

If there is any question as to which of these views has prevailed, one need only read Michael J. Sandel's article, ''For rent to corporate America: our children's minds'' (The Sun, Aug. 28).

According to Sandel, corporate manipulation of children has penetrated the public school classroom, ''with free videos, posters, and 'learning kits' designed to sanitize corporate images and emblazon brand names in the minds of children.''

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