Small steps to help clean up ChesapeakeSome small steps to...

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November 08, 1997

Small steps to help clean up Chesapeake

Some small steps to control water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay:

1. Introduce contour plowing on farms. Contour plowing, as opposed to straight-furrow plowing, reduces water and ground runoff and thus reduces the amount of chemicals (fertilizers and nutrients) going into the bay.

2. The Chesapeake Bay is infested with thousands of mute swans who stay in the water year around. These birds are not indigenous to the bay. Each bird is large as a few chickens. Each consumes more than eight pounds of grass per day and their excrement goes directly into the bay. Reducing their number by hunting or other means will help clean the bay and help the economy.

3. Build earth berms on some farms on the water end.

4. Stop dumping sludge on farmland.

5. Check docking boats' bilges.

6. Stop airplanes from dumping excess fuel over the bay before landing.

S. Shpak

Neavitt

No shopping mall at Camden Yards

John Moag and the Maryland Stadium Authority's breathless enthusiasm for an "urban entertainment complex" proposed for Camden Yards (Oct. 31) is profoundly flawed

First, has Mr. Moag forgotten about the Power Plant, an urban entertainment mecca constructed for the sole purpose of pedaling Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts to visitors from Scranton and Salisbury?

Second, Oriole Park's charm comes from fans enjoying the best of old, intimate ballparks. Does Mr. Moag think Brooklyn's old Ebbetts Field had virtual reality rides outside it? Does the Stadium Authority believe that fans attending Phillies' games at old Shibe Park paid for NASCAR simulation rides on their way home?

Ravens owner Art Modell went out on a limb, saying "if it makes sense, count us in." The Orioles rightly oppose the complex and the mayor seems cool to the idea.

But the Stadium Authority is a powerful entity. There is every reason to believe it will get its way, no matter what the Orioles or the city think.

A developer quoted in the story said, "Any new venues in the Baltimore area are good for Baltimore. . . . More is more."

More is, indeed, more if you happen to be a developer. If you're a Baltimore fan who just wants to see a ballgame, you'll be better off watching the Orioles on television.

Patrick Smith

Baltimore

Taxpayers must protect investment

It is time to "cut through the mustard" on the Wyndham Hotel controversy.

The issue is not the height of the structure, the architectural details or reaction by the various nearby communities.

The issue is: Having made a major financial commitment to the Convention Center, how can the city and state (taxpayers) do anything but take an action that protects and enhances the value of this important, huge investment?

B6 It's a no-brainer -- location, location, location!

William Wilson

Baltimore

Sponsors must be able to support immigrants

Regarding the Oct. 19 article, "Immigrant sponsors to face tougher rules," the American population will benefit from this landmark decision.

The new regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service state that in order for an American citizen to bring an immigrant into the country, the sponsor must be able to "support the new arrival for at least five years." Their earnings must surpass 125 percent of the federal poverty levels.

If people seeking to sponsor immigrants cannot afford to bring an immigrant into the country under the new regulations, they would not have been able to support the new arrivals.

The purpose of the new law is not to curb the number of new immigrants. It is to control the number of new immigrants who will end up on, and take advantage of, the welfare system.

Our government needs to take care of the citizens who are already on welfare.

Inviting new welfare recipients into the country would increase the financial burden on all American citizens.

The prospective sponsors should be content that the borders of the country are still open to immigrants.

Kathyrn A. Hamilton

Baltimore

Pub Date: 11/08/97

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