Baltco is doing a good job in recycling
I am writing in response to the letter written by Jerome S. McManus -- recycling in Baltimore County (Forum, June 28).
There have been several negative letters on this subject, but most are from folks who have just started the program.
Some of us in Baltimore County have been recycling for a while, but I suppose we, too, were apprehensive at first.
I'm sorry, but many of us feel the program is working very well. It's one of the easiest systems around -- requiring just a minimum of preparation and sorting. All we have to do is wash the containers.
It isn't at all difficult, and I've never felt "required to store 'real' trash for an unacceptable time." The 90 degree temperatures don't cause a problem because nothing smells if containers are clean.
We've found we can stack all our paper neatly in brown paper bags and put all the containers in blue plastic bags. (Extra bags can be recycled at many area grocery stores). That leaves us with so little "real" trash we seldom fill a can anymore.
We encountered a minor inconvenience once when a holiday took away our container recycling days. We had to store them an additional two weeks, and they really piled up.
I felt it was justified when I heard someone on television say that many of the containers are recycled within 10 days after they're received. Have you received your BGE bill lately? Did you notice the new brown envelopes made of recycled paper?
I think Baltimore County has done a good job of educating the public, and I think it is doing an efficient job of implementing its program.
Newt not named
Ishmael Reed's "Talking Morals to the Underclass Is Like Slave Owners Talking Liberty" (Perspective, July 9) gave several examples of hypocrisy, with all but one of the individuals being identified by name.
Among those named were Mike Royko and Virginia Sen. Charles Robb.
Yet in the midst of this recitation we find the following paragraph: "In his inaugural speech and in his speech commemorating the 100th day in office of the 1995 Republican-led Congress, the new House speaker, who is divorced and the child of a teen-age mother, delivered anecdotes about social pathology."
Not everyone is sufficiently up on things to recognize from this paragraph that the House speaker is Newt Gingrich. How and why comes it that all your examples of hypocrisy are named except for Mr. Gingrich?
Did the writer omit the name, or was it deleted by an editor? Is someone down there personally afraid of Newt -- or a personal friend of his?
I think you owe us an explanation of how you decide who gets the knife by name and who will be given the partial protection of anonymity.
George H. Winslow
Not a joint Mass
Lest your readers be misled, I write to point out that your editorial of July 2, "Ecumenical Progress Where Needed," erred in stating that Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I participated in a "joint celebration of Mass" during their recent historic meeting at the Vatican.
The patriarch was present at the Mass celebrated by the pope. The two hierarchs subsequently prayed together at the tomb of St. Peter and jointly blessed the crowd in attendance.
A concelebrated Eucharist will come only after that long awaited day when the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church heal the schism of 1054 and again worship and commune together.
In the meantime, the truth is that in spite of all the conciliatory actions and expressions of brotherly love between the pope and the patriarch, there is still serious division between the churches on basic liturgical and doctrinal matters.
Beyond the individual actions of popes and patriarchs, there is much to be discussed and resolved.
Evan Alevizatos Chriss
Baltimore's finest at work
Regarding Stephanie Darr's June 24 letter to the editor about her car being vandalized during an Oriole game at Camden Stadium, let me state that the officer who reluctantly took her complaint is not representative of the entire Police Department.
On June 17, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary with another couple at a favorite restaurant on East Franklin Street.
There was an excellent parking space on St. Paul Street, so we decided to park. After a couple hours of dining we left the restaurant, only to approach our car and notice a piece of paper in the windshield.
Everyone's instinct was that my husband had received a parking ticket. Instead, Officer Derrick Boyd of Central District had left a note stating that numerous vehicle break-ins had occurred in the 500 block of St. Paul Street and that it was not wise to leave anything of value in the car plainly visible, such as our cellular phone.
His note added that we should be aware of the broken glass around our car, which indicated a prior vandalism.
This officer did not have to take time to write a note of warning, but apparently he felt that as a law enforcement person, it was his duty to leave this note.
My husband and I are quite thankful for the efforts of Officer Boyd.
Every person has an experience I am certain that they would like to share; but too often the good guy does not get recognized. It was a good feeling to know that there are police officers watching our cars, neighborhoods and places of business.
I would like to thank each and every officer for a job well done, and again my thanks to Officer Boyd of the Central District.
I am certain had he been the officer called to the crime scene of Ms. Darr, she would gladly visit our city again.
.' Give us another try, Ms. Darr.
Marilyn Z. Galinn
Complaints about WJHU, WBJC
Reading that WJHU radio was canceling Lisa Simeone's afternoon radio program left me stunned. She's a Baltimore treasure. For years I've wondered how WJHU managed to retain her, expecting to hear that she had been wooed away to nationally syndicated radio or a station in a larger metropolitan area.
Her unique ability to put others at ease produces some of the best interviews on public radio. People love talking with her and we love listening to them.
And, most of all, her program was local. She could talk about local issues, preview entertainment and introduce us to wonderful local people.
Her afternoon program would end, and I'd feel happy about living in Baltimore.
Joan A. Stanne
I will try to avoid any problems by admitting right from the beginning that this year, for the first time, I did not contribute to WBJC-FM, simply because I do not subsidize frustration, exasperation or just plain irritation.
However, since one of the purposes of the future is to allow people to change, I want to pick up where Henry Cohen left off in his July 12 letter to the editor.
I agree with Mr. Cohen that every other selection does not have to be a Rossini overture, a Strauss waltz or a Slavonic dance.
Also, some of the so-called favorites could be very safely tucked away so that they regain freshness and remain favorites. As far as chamber music goes, I could remind Mr. Cohen that he can hear Schubert's Trout quintet every day. My problem is with the announcers. Often the announcements show ignorance, lack of respect for the music, mistakes and a weird way of introducing the music with comments that would suggest that we should go into ecstasy each time we hear "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."
"Stay tuned," the announcer once said, "next hour we will have a waltz by Chopin and an overture by von Suppe." I could not wait.
Or, (and I am not making this up) "later we will hear a [yes 'a,' not 'the'] violin concerto by Beethoven." So much for sense of gravity and knowledge. Musical Baltimore deserves better.
Mr. Cohen wrote that he does not expect to hear any Shostakovitch or Schoenberg. Why not?
We would like to think that the people running WBJC realize that simply saying "the only classical music in Baltimore" is not really that simple. It carries a responsibility and a big one.
And who knows? Maybe, if we are lucky, in due time they may consider it a privilege.
Peter C. Sotiriou