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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 19, 1999

Energy Star program saves money, helps environment

On behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's "Energy Star Office Equipment Program," I am responding to the Sun's March 22 "Plugged In" column by James Coates.

As he has in other columns about "energy star" computers, Mr. Coates addressed a reader's concern about a computer lock-up problem by advising the reader to disable the power management feature. However, power management may not be the source of the problem.

If power management is unfairly blamed for such problems, consumers may miss out on the benefits of "energy star" labelled equipment. Such equipment cuts the electric costs for office equipment in half. It generates less heat, collects less dust, and reduces mechanical stress -- so machinery will last longer and be more reliable.

Less heat generation creates a cooler, more comfortable work space and reduces air conditioning costs. Less wasted energy reduces air pollution that contribute to smog, acid rain and global climate change.

The financial and environmental benefits of "energy star" computers can be tremendous. This year alone if everyone purchased only office equipment so labeled the United States would save almost $1.5 billion a year in energy bills and cut air polution by an amount equal to the emissions of more than three million cars.

Currently all leading computer manufacturers produce "energy star" computers that minimize wasted energy through power management features. Due to the complexity of computer configurations, problems occasionally arise. But manufacturers are continuously advancing power management technology in ways that will minimize these problems.

Andrew Fanara, Washington, D.C.

The writer is Energy Star office equipment program manager at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

NATO and the U.S.: ineffective in Yugoslavia

One has to wonder why the United States, the world's most powerful nation, together with 18 other NATO nations, has been unable to subdue little Serbia. In the case of NATO, the answer is simple: NATO is nothing but a paper tiger -- incapable and afraid to perform without our contribution, direction and involvement.

As for the United States' involvement, the lesson of this war in Yugoslavia is that no matter how powerful a nation is, it cannot achieve victory without capable leadership or proper planning. It certainly can't succeed when military strategy and foreign policy are in the hands of incapable people, such as the Clinton administration's "three blind mice: " Madeline Albright, William Cohen and Sandy Berger. They seem befuddled by the ongoing Balkan tragedy.

Albanians in Kosovo must now realize that with Clinton's friendship they need no enemies. Intending to extinguish a brush fire, the United States jumped in blindfolded, caused a fiery inferno, and now seems not to know how to get out.

Meanwhile, Serbia's President Slobodan Milosevic is relaxing and enjoying the scene, knowing that he can't be defeated unless NATO puts troops on the ground in Kosovo, which it will not do.

Boris R. Spiroff, Severna Park

A Military solution draft Clinton?

A solution to the "troops to Kosovo" problem: reintroduce the draft, raise the age limit to 50-plus and send all the "boomers" (including Presidents Clinton) who found serving inconvenient during the 1960s and 1970s

George Pfeiffer, Bel Air

A legal solution: disbar Clinton?

In finding President Bill Clinton in civil contempt of court for his deposition in the Paula Jones case, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright has, in effect, convicted him of lying under oath and obstructing justice -- something the U.S. Senate refused to do, even in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Thank God, someone in the system maintained a sense of integrity.

Now if only the Arkansas Supreme Court will find the courage to disbar Clinton for his egregious and arrogant violations of lawyers' rules of conduct, a small modicum of justice will be served in the whole tawdry Clinton saga.

Robert A. Erlandson, Towson

Former ambassador criticizes China policy

Regarding The Sun's April 8 article by David Greene ("Pelosi still fighting for human rights progress in China") I would like to emphasize that I have the highest regard for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's good principles and strong integrity on human rights. My criticism is of the current administrations high decibel approach to human rights in China. It is unbalanced and ineffective, done with much grand standing but so far with negative results.

James R. Lilley, Washington

The writer is a former U.S. ambassador to China and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

Rejecting gay rights bill: A defense of moral values?

Congratulations to our state legislators for having the strength and moral fortitude to reject Gov. Parris Glendening's bill to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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