April 17, 2009

Fewer pickups mean filthier city streets

I have been following Mayor Sheila Dixon's plan to reduce Baltimore's trash collections from the current twice-weekly pickups to once a week, and this plan does not sound like one that will work very well ("A cleaner Baltimore," editorial, April 10).

Just look at what happens now when one of the regularly scheduled pickup days falls on a holiday - trash piles up everywhere and must wait until the next collection day.

Should Mayor Dixon's once-weekly policy be adopted, I'm afraid trash accumulation will become a real problem, especially when the regular collection day falls on a holiday and the garbage could sit around for a week until the next collection.

Even with residents using the proper containers for their household garbage, and allowing for those who do recycle, this could be a difficult situation.

Theresa Stinson, Baltimore

Christianity isn't basis of nation

The writer of the letter "Obama distorts nation's precepts" (April 12) claims that President Barack Obama "ignored our history to pander to foreign governments when he said in Turkey that the United States 'does not consider itself a Christian nation.'"

The letter writer also claims "the founders of this great nation were very clear that its foundation was on Judeo-Christian principles" and that these principles are "the basis for our nation and its government."

The founders of our nation were, indeed, very clear.

President John Adams and the U.S. Senate spoke very clearly on this subject in a treaty with another Muslim leader, the Bey of Tripoli. The Treaty of Tripoli of 1797 says: "The government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

Despite the fact that most Americans consider themselves Christian, our government is in no way Christian.

John Soos, Baltimore

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