Editor: It was very sad to read the front page news story, "Novelist Jerzy Kosinski dies by suicide at age 57."
This brilliant author of so many good books survived the many horrors of the World War II Nazis.
Kosinski's novel "The Painted Bird" and his many other excellent novels will live on.
Betty D. Edlavitch.
Editor: How much is added to our already high defense budget so that jets and crews can fly our Washington royalty around?
How many facts do we really need about Europe or the Caribbean, about golf courses and ski slopes?
L It may be legal or "everybody does it." But is it ethical?
Editor: I am writing to correct a few points in Kim Clark's article, "Junked cars generate heaps of plastic fluff," May 5.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is headquartered in Washington, not in Virginia.
We have proposed using not the plastics but the non-combustible portion of the fluff to make cement. This consists of the glass, sand, rust, etc. and comprises 50 percent of the fluff.
Preliminary experiments have shown this to be a suitable raw material for cement manufacture, replacing iron ore and silica sand. If the use of this material gains wide acceptance among cement makers, fully half of the fluff problem will have been solved.
When I suggested that the fluff problem needed to be divided up, I meant that it should be divided up into certain broad categories such as the combustible and the non-combustible. I did not suggest that a solution would involve finding uses for specific components.
We appreciate your interest in this problem, which is a matter of concern not only to the scrap industry but to the nation as a whole.
The writer is director of special projects for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.
Editor: Isn't it interesting that we citizens are asked to conserve gasoline by car-pooling, but Vice President Dan Quayle feels justified in spending $49,000 to fly in an Air Force jet to Georgia to play golf?
We are implored to help feed and house the hundreds of hungry and homeless, while the vice president incurs a $5,000 food and lodging bill for a five-member Air Force crew.
It really isn't important whether or not Marie Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake." But it is important to remember the consequences of such blatant elitism.
Editor: The recent decision by Housing and Urban Development officials to allow the continued funding for the Council for Equal Business Opportunity (CEBO) can only be seen as a victory for the city of Baltimore. In issuing its somewhat conditioned response, HUD is saying what so many of us know to be true. That is that the issue of minority business development is so crucial to overall economic development of Baltimore that the role of CEBO and similar organizations must be preserved.
My efforts to lobby officials in Washington to release the more than $650,000 needed for CEBO to continue its operations was successful in large part because of the willingness of HUD Secretary Jack Kemp to meet us halfway in finding a solution.
Although we were successful in convincing HUD that CEBO's role in the development of minority business warranted its continued funding, its future and function must be developed and protected.
The current administration in Washington is quickly finding ways to separate itself from the funding of such endeavors no matter how noble or appealing they might be. The notion of minority economic development is becoming even less attractive to many outside of government, who incorrectly assume that the federal government is doing too much for its black citizens.
And, given the emergence of semi-private or quasi-governmental associations that seek to provide similar assistance to minority businesses, the CEBOs of today's world must find new ways to adapt and survive or face virtual extinction.
That is why I am enthusiastically optimistic about CEBO's role in Baltimore. Both the current board and its director have already charted a course that will insure its ability to provide service well into the next century.
By increasing its cultivation of private-sector partnerships and establishing more local corporate relationships, the new CEBO is setting the stage to receive greater support to carry out its
mission than it would ever hope to receive from a federal government that is in many respects retreating from its minority-assistance commitments of the 1970s and 1980s.
Successful minority business persons can also help by sharing with CEBO's staff the valuable wealth of information that they uniquely possess about succeeding in business against overwhelming odds.
Thus, the recent victory for CEBO must be seen as a beginning and not an end.
The writer represents Maryland's Seventh Congressional District.
Editor: Without a doubt, The Sun has reached a new low by publishing the outrageous cartoon concerning Vice President Dan Quayle May 7. How dare you to refer to Mr. Quayle as "The Nightmare On Pennsylvania Avenue"?
At this time he needs the support of all Americans, not to be fueled by negativism such as your cartoon shows. Your paper has become a rag and believe me, if another daily paper was available in this city, I would cancel my subscription immediately.
#Thomas W. Millenburg Jr.
Not Her Hours
Editor: I take strong exception to The Sun's article which tends to localize concern and action against the 40-hour work week. The Women's Forum of the University of Maryland System, composed of three representatives from each campus and each center, formed an ad hoc committee on the 40-hour work week chaired by Joan McKee of the College Park campus. Women on every campus vehemently oppose and object to the 40-hour work week. Some campuses have voiced their concerns directly to their presidents.
Women are disproportionately, adversely affected by the 40-hour work week because larger numbers of women are in clerical and support fields with an already lower salary range. In addition, with no pay raises of any kind (cost of living, merit, reclassification, etc.), all employees will be making at least 15-20 percent less, given the rate of inflation, cost of living increase, etc.
Bargain Air Fare
Editor: Please reserve two round-trip tickets for me on Sununu-Government Airlines from Chicago O'Hare to BWI as soon as possible.
At the going rate of $845 to cover the six co-passengers on the flight up to New Hampshire and the seven that returned with him, I figure I owe about $240 for the two of us.
I just paid $400 on a commercial airline and, heaven forbid, had to share the plane with 100 others.
Candidate for Mayor
Editor: Martin Evans' May 7 article about my campaign continues The Sun's tradition of obscuring the truth and manipulating politics in this city.
Beginning in 1982, as documented in court records and FOIA documents, Henry Kissinger, then on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, demanded of the FBI that Lyndon H. LaRouche and his political movement be stopped. Subsequently, a national strike force was formed to coordinate simultaneous prosecutions of LaRouche and others, including my wife.
These prosecutions were facilitated by a government-initiated involuntary bankruptcy of various political entities associated with LaRouche. As a result, a national newspaper and science magazine were shut down and many people, who had lent their support, lost money. Later, after LaRouche's appeals were exhausted, the government action was ruled illegal by the federal court. Yet LaRouche remains in jail today as a political prisoner, charged with a conspiracy actually carried out by the government.
The LaRouche case was recently presented to the United Nations Human Rights Convention in Switzerland, where it is now under review. The U.N. action and the bankruptcy decision have, of course, never been covered in your newspaper.
Why attack LaRouche's political movement? On nationwide television broadcasts and elsewhere, LaRouche, who has recently announced his 1992 Democratic presidential bid, warned of the current depression and proposed an alternative. LaRouche condemned the International Monetary Fund for its genocidal austerity against the Third World, policies which have led directly to the cholera outbreak in South America.
Of course, there has been my organization's war on drugs, initiated back in 1978. I have personally campaigned on that issue for years -- while The Sun endorsed Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who favors legalization.
I decided to run for mayor to expose Mr. Schmoke's policies and present an alternative. Martin Evans suggests that perhaps it would be better if I keep a low profile. No way!
ohn B. Ascher.