BGE enriches itself at the expense of state's consumers
So, the grinch who stole our power plants and, with surprising sleight of hand, transferred them from one corporate pocket to another; left us with $528 million in "stranded costs" to be paid by us customers; structured gas and electric rates so there is no retail competition in sight; slashed the traditional dividend grandma used to live on, as well as its stock value; pulled the wool over the eyes of the Public Service Commission, legislature, administration and media (including The Sun); and extorted concessions with the specter of being merged or leaving the state has now decided to retrench back to the local territory where they know they can graze on the local green (dollars from us) ("Constellation pulls plug on its split-up," Oct. 27).
Constellation Energy, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Reliant Resources Inc. have come up winners. Who are the losers? Clue: Check everyone else.
I believe in-depth investigative reporting and state oversight are in order.
Joseph A. Mulloney Jr.
Havre de Grace was right to keep its school mascot
Richard Regan of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs compared the Harford County School System to the Ku Klux Klan because it did not vote the way he wanted it to vote on the issue of a school mascot ("Harford County school to keep Indian mascot," Oct. 30).
I am incensed a lower-level politico would stoop so low.
Our schools deserve an apology from Mr. Regan and his resignation. They did the right thing in not overturning tradition.
The mascot in question is used with pride, honor and affection, as is every mascot I have known. Regardless of whether it's a tiger, lion or Indian. The purpose of a mascot is to instill pride and honor among the supporters. They are not meant to denigrate.
Mr. Regan's comments are vile, unwarranted and shameful.
Congratulations to the Havre de Grace community for resisting the draconian attempt of the Commission on Indian Affairs to change the high school mascot name.
Unfortunately, the commission (which should be the Commission on Native American Affairs, to be as politically correct as it claims to be) has nothing constructive to do. Rather, it goes around sprinkling demagoguery, however absurd, like fairy dust, hoping to get publicity.
Paul D. Kemp
Average citizens can't afford just to go out and spend
Hooray for Kevin Cowherd's column "To save U.S., just spend, spend and spend more" (Oct. 29).
One can understand the government urging us to get back out there and spend to save the economy, but the majority of us "average" people can only do this by using our credit cards. Who will be behind us to pay that credit card bill when the time comes? Not the government.
Since the average American was struggling to keep his or her head above water because of credit card debt prior to Sept. 11, I don't think we should be asked to "get back out there and spend."
Government isn't doing enough to protect us
I agree with Dan Rodricks that we are "floating in uncharted space since Sept. 11" ("In uncertain times, U.S. officials are still human," Oct. 26), but I can't accept that as the reason for the delay in testing postal workers in Washington, when The Sun reported that the Centers for Disease Control claimed the delay was because of difficulty finding the facility that handles the mail going to the U.S. Senate.
One call to the U.S. Postal Service should have provided that information.
I'm sure I'm not the only person who had heard of anthrax, or knew it could be mailed in an envelope. And anybody who has seen the equipment the Postal Service uses today should have suspected a fine powder could be forced out of a sealed envelope during processing.
I don't think the government is doing a bad job, but it could be doing much better, and Mr. Rodricks making excuses for it is not in anybody's best interest.
Richard A. Fox
Levy the taxes needed to pay for war, security
If we are at war, we should put our taxes where our mouth is.
Remember, in World War II the highest tax rate was more than 90 percent.
The home front needs a host of defensive supplies that are vital to our survival and sense of security. We also need food, shelter and medical care as much as those who are fighting abroad.
Congress and the president: Tax us if you must.
Joseph W. Lapides
Fells Point is tired of the city's excuses
Regarding The Sun's article "Fells Point demands changes after killing" (Oct. 24), as an area resident I felt compelled to attend the community meeting prompting the petition in question. And, like so many meetings I have attended in my 10 years in Fells Point, I was at once amused, saddened and enraged as one public official after another danced the bureaucratic shuffle and, with frightening consistency, demonstrated just how out of touch they are with the Fells Point community they purportedly represent and are hired to protect.