Hero's nameWilliam Mueller's article "Baltimore's name game"...

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Hero's name

William Mueller's article "Baltimore's name game" (Aug. 4) was very enlightening. He noticed the historical connections between our street names and Baltimore celebrities, heroes and famous institutions.

However, Mr. Mueller omitted a great Baltimorean who had three streets named after him.

I can still hear the late Theodore R. McKeldin, mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, extolling the virtues of the Revolutionary War hero, U.S. senator and Federalist, Gen. John Eager Howard. McKeldin claimed that John, Eager and Howard streets all were named for him.

Mr. Mueller of course knows each of those streets, but maybe it just didn't occur to him that each honored this Baltimore patriot.

Samuel A. Culotta

Baltimore

Privatizing

With an eye toward equalizing sacrifices made by federal workers and contract employees during a time of tight budgets, the U.S. House of Representatives delegate from the District of Columbia, Eleanor Holmes Norton, has called for a closer look at service contracting.

Bills introduced by Norton would prohibit agencies from contracting out the duties of federal workers who accepted buyouts and require agencies to compare costs when deciding contracts.

A third Norton bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to systematically determine how many people are employed under service contracts.

Norton earlier had introduced legislation to cut $1.9 billion for service contracts and add it to the $1.1 billion the Clinton administration already has set aside for civil service pay. Norton said the number of contractors doing business with the government rose from about 62,800 in fiscal 1989 to about 82,500 in fiscal 1992. She said the government spends about $200 billion a year purchasing goods and services, with $105 billion of that going to outside contractors.

The Clinton administration says it will shrink federal employment by 272,900 positions over six years. Some legislators have expressed concerns that restructuring the federal payroll will not produce savings without better information on the size of the federal and non-federal work forces.

Ernest R. Grecco

Baltimore

The writer is president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions.

Bogus returns

The Internal Revenue Service promises refunds within a few )) days to people who file their income tax returns electronically.

This gives the agency less time to spot fake W-2 forms and Social Security numbers. In 1993, the IRS mailed $25 million in refunds that were bogus.

Sen. John Glenn, R-Ohio, claims that clever scam artists are bilking Uncle Sam of $1 billion a year.

We need tighter controls to reduce the number of digital tax cheaters. To solve this problem the government may have to suspend electronic filing.

Inertia on the part of our fearless leaders will exacerbate this serious situation.

Joseph Lerner

Baltimore

Parking at BWI

Baltimore-Washington International Airport has established new parking regulations that affect anyone who drops someone off at the departure (upper level) area or picks someone up at the arrival (lower level) area.

If one leaves one's vehicle to assist one's passenger with his or her bags, the driver will probably get a warning or a citation. It happened to me on July 26.

My friend came from Massachusetts for a visit to Baltimore. When I took her to BWI on Sunday to catch her plane home, she did not want me to park in the parking garage and accompany her to the terminal.

Also, she had three pieces of luggage which could be handled more easily and expeditiously if they were delivered directly to the porter at the departure gate, rather than dragging them through the terminal.

I pulled up to the departure area and immediately noticed new signs that stated there was no parking or waiting in this area.

I pulled the car to the curb, about 100 feet from the USAir porter. This was the closest I could get to the terminal, as other cars were already stopped closer to the terminal.

I put the car in park, turned off the ignition and got out of the car. I opened the trunk of the car and removed my friend's three pieces of luggage.

Since she had three pieces of luggage, I thought it best to help her take the heavy bags to the porter.

I had been out of the car less than 30 seconds and had walked about 30 feet when a BWI parking officer began walking toward my car. My friend noticed him and told me that she thought I was about to get a ticket.

I quickly gave her the bag I was carrying, hastily said goodbye and returned to my car. I opened the door, got in, closed the door, turned the key and began to pull away, all in less than one minute from the time I stopped.

The officer knocked on my window. I explained that I was leaving and had only intended to assist my friend in carrying her bags to the porter.

He said I had left the vehicle unattended and handed me a warning. My friend was also talking to the officer as she struggled to carry her three bags.

I agree that something should be done to prevent people from parking for long periods of time at the arrival and departure areas of BWI.

However, I think it is unreasonable to expect someone not to assist a passenger in carrying his or her luggage to the porter. This could create some poor public relations for BWI if drivers are ticketed for simply leaving the vehicle for a minute or so just to assist a passenger with luggage.

It is my opinion that there should be a time limit under which the vehicle may be left unattended, such as three or five minutes.

As it is, my friend's last memory of Baltimore is seeing her friend receive (what she thought was) a citation. I don't think that is the type of memory BWI officials wish to create for passengers who pass through the airport.

Michele E. Williams

Baltimore

Opportunity for poor Marylanders

The Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) strongly supports the new Moving to Opportunity Program (MTO) discussed in a July 31 article.

We support efforts to give low-income families the opportunity to move out of high-poverty neighborhoods giving them the chance to attend good schools, live and play in safety and have access to the expanding job markets outside of the city.

The MTO program is an improvement to the existing Section 8 program for two reasons.

First, it provides counseling to families so that they know their rights and responsibilities as tenants and so that their transition to a new neighborhood is successful.

Second, it does not concentrate poverty in areas of the city or the metropolitan region that are already struggling, like other public housing programs have done.

Families participating in MTO cannot move to a neighborhood that has more than 10 percent of the residents living in poverty.

CPHA has strongly advocated and will continue to advocate that MTO families are not all sent to the same apartment complexes that have long accepted Section 8.

CPHA has long worked for healthy, stable neighborhoods. The Moving to Opportunity Program is a smart step toward giving families in public housing the chance to succeed and lessening the impact of poverty on a neighborhood.

My family made such a move from two generations of public housing in San Francisco to home ownership in an integrated, civic-minded neighborhood many years ago.

There is no doubt that such a move not only improved the quality of life choices for us as a family but contributes to the continuing community involvement of my parents over the last 35 years.

Lenneal Henderson

Baltimore

The writer is vice president of CPHA and senior research fellow at the University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center.

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