Cool, cool water returns to State HouseThey're...

Cool, cool water returns to State House

They're back.


Those State House water dispensers ordered removed by the governor about three weeks ago are making a comeback.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer pulled about a dozen of the coolers from the State House complex to save "several thousand dollars," aides said then.


At least two of the portable coolers were moved back into the State House this week for use by the governor's staff, who had been drinking from conventional porcelain fountains or sneaking cupfuls of water from coolers kept on the premises for legislators and their visitors. Some of the staffers had complained that water from the State House plumbing is too warm and unappetizing.

Paul E. Schurick, the governor's spokesman, conceded that Schaefer's decision to remove the coolers turned out to be "short-sighted" and said Schaefer reversed it "because it was felt that they were needed, that the water in the State House is not very drinkable."


Lawmakers are weighing different dates for Maryland's next presidential primary, but there is little support for repeating the 1988 "Super Tuesday" experiment.

Maryland joined other Southern states that year in holding primaries on the same day in an attempt to gain more clout for the region. Maryland, however, received little attention from the candidates, who focused their attention on bigger states with more electoral votes.

One bill before the legislature would move Maryland's primary to the second Tuesday in May, when warm weather should aid voter turnout.

But the state Democratic Party prefers an earlier date, the party chief told lawmakers this week, to keep Maryland's primary from coming so late in the election season that the races would have been decided.



Governor Schaefer said he will not apologize to constituents to whom he has sent angry letters, although he admitted his note-writing habits have not been very gubernatorial.

Conceding that he is "thin-skinned" and "very sensitive," Schaefer said he sometimes responds to criticism like a "human being," rather than a governor.

Schaefer has mailed numerous angry responses to people who send letters to him or to newspapers that criticize his policies or character. He has called constituents stupid and even commented on one woman's appearance. The governor complained that people send him nasty letters, including "reflections on my mother."

"No, I don't apologize to the people. They sent me some of the nastiest letters, some letters about my character," Schaefer said.