Bush energy policies damage environment and public...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 05, 2001

Bush energy policies damage environment and public interest

President Bush and Department of Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham are headed toward irresponsible solutions to our nation's energy woes ("Energy comes first, Bush says," March 30).

Backtracking on regulating carbon dioxide from power plants, allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and giving oil companies billions in tax breaks will dig us deeper into an energy crisis.

The Bush plan will put more global warming pollutants into the atmosphere, destroy our public lands and increase air pollution and leave average Americans to suffer the consequences.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Abraham are ignoring a quick, cheap and environmentally friendly solution: increased energy efficiency in our homes and cars.

Increasing miles per gallon standards for cars and light trucks to 40 miles per gallon would save 3 million barrels of oil a day. And if California switched all its traffic lights to energy saving LEDs, the same diodes used in alarm clocks, it would save enough energy to power 70,000 homes.

Technological innovation is what Americans do best -- and it makes increased energy efficiency the responsible choice for America.

Kelly S. Meyer

Chestertown

Is President Bush an ally of the special interests ...

When Bill Clinton occupied the White House, the average citizen never doubted he or she had a friend in the White House.

Now that George W. Bush occupies the White House, the rich, the mighty, the special interests have no doubt they have a friend in the White House.

Leon Peace Ried

Baltimore

... or a breath of fresh air after Clinton's misbehavior?

We survived eight years of Bill Clinton's illegal, immoral and embarrassing acts of personal gratification ("How will we survive four years of Bush?," letters, March 24).

A conservative view of the world from the White House is a breath of fresh air.

Charles B. Lippens

Baltimore

Public schools need state's money most

Gov. Parris N. Glendening's decision to spend millions in public funds on textbooks for private schools is absurd.

The state is responsible for meeting the needs of the public schools. Private schools are responsible for their own needs. It's senseless for the state to give them so much money when countless public schools across the state do not have an adequate supply of textbooks.

My child is a student at one such school, where students share outdated social studies and science textbooks and rarely get to take them home to study.

Because of shortages, teachers have to make photocopies of workbooks and textbooks. But since these books use color as an effective teaching tool, the black-and-white copies are far less beneficial.

Parents who choose private school do so with full knowledge of the cost.

Our governor needs to remember where his responsibilities lie -- and where they don't.

Karen E. Whitley

Dundalk

Wouldn't it make more sense to spend surplus state funds on public schools, especially those in Baltimore City?

But I am afraid that the Catholic lobby has gotten to a number of our politicians. How sad that is.

If the church is interested in lobbying for issues of justice, I suggest it lobby for better funding of public education.

Father Domenic Cieri

Severn

The writer is the pastor of St. Bernadette Church.

Freedom from discrimination is right everyone should enjoy

I read with pleasure The Sun's article on the passage of the gay rights bill by the Maryland Senate ("Senate OKs gay rights bill, 32-14," March 28).

However, Sen. Alex P. Mooney's claim that gays want "special rights for a lifestyle class" is completely erroneous. What's so special about the right to keep a job or buy a home? These rights are supposed to be enjoyed by the majority of Americans, not just a handful of the elite.

Lisa Roemer

York, Pa.

St. Paul's School for Boys taught kids an overdue lesson

We applaud the actions of Headmaster Robert W. Hallett of St. Paul's School for Boys ("St, Paul's School cancels varsity lacrosse season," April 4). By administering effective punishment, the school has showed that values are, and should be, the first priority in teaching children.

All parents know that even good kids do dumb things. It is the duty of the authority figures in their lives to let them know that some behaviors are not acceptable and that there will be consequences.

Too many sports figures, movie stars and politicians get into trouble and never show even the least embarrassment. Why? Because there are no consequences.

It's time someone did the right thing. We congratulate St. Paul's School.

Pat Marani

Don Marani

Baltimore

Cutting recycling hurts the city, environment

We would like to express our concern about the mayor's decision to eliminate blue-bag curbside pickups in Baltimore.

The mayor says he wants to put the money into crime reduction that would attract people back to the city ("Cost of reduced recycling weighed," March 25).

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