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College, not president, buying property

The Aug. 3 article, "Parking lot dispute causes uproar in Little Italy," is grossly inaccurate and a total misrepresentation of the facts.

The article identifies throughout our college president, Roger Chylinski, as the owner of the parking lot and buildings in Little Italy. It is the Baltimore International Culinary College, which is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited, post-secondary institution, that purchased the property in Little Italy in 1989.

The college is the developer of the school, not Roger Chylinski, president. Also misstated in the article was the size of the college's parking lot.

It is the intent of the college to develop its property in Little Italy to house one of the college's two schools, specifically the School of Culinary Arts. The other school, which focuses on hospitality management, will continue to be housed at the Commerce Exchange in the downtown area.

If Sun staff writer Brenda J. Buote had substituted Baltimore International Culinary College whenever the name of our president, Roger Chylinski, appeared, the reading public would have had a much better understanding of the situation as it presently exists.

It has been and still is the policy of the college to work with the duly elected representatives of the Little Italy Community Association as well as the Little Italy Restaurant Association.

Charles Petr

Baltimore

The writer is vice president for finance and operations of the Baltimore International Culinary College.

Efficient government

What an efficient government.

With just one bill -- the so-called welfare reform legislation -- Congress and the president will ensure that the United States continues to hold its substantial lead for the percentage of children in poverty among industrialized nations, guarantee increases in crime because of the increased poverty that implementation of the legislation will cause, and dramatically increase the unemployment rate -- because the legislation requires work but does not create any jobs.

Do we really want this much efficiency?

James E. Werner

Laurel

Merchant creativity needed in games of life

Ben Wattenberg is right on the money with "An elite corps of impudent snobs" (column, Aug. 8). Yes, he says, the Olympic games in Atlanta were a carnival. Well, I say, life should be a carnival.

William Pfaff (column, same day) is, I am afraid, one of the impudent snobs. He deplores "the submersion of everything by commercialism" at the games.

He says that public obligation was of paramount concern during the Depression, World War II and the Cold War. Yes, it was important, but so was making money.

Henry L. Stimson, secretary of war, told President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the beginning of World War II that our businessmen should be allowed to make a lot of money or they wouldn't work. They made a lot of money and we became the Arsenal of Democracy.

Mr. Pfaff says, "Respect and prestige must be restored to government service." I agree, but I don't agree that we should establish a graduate-level national academy of public service.

We might make the same mistake the Chinese made 2,000 years ago, when they established a great civil service that became a stifling bureaucracy. Worse, they regarded the merchant class with enormous contempt.

Chinese inventiveness was far ahead of Europe until the 17th century, and then they stagnated. Merchants couldn't capitalize on the many inventions and bureaucrats stifled all initiative.

Schools of government such as Maxwell at Syracuse and the Kennedy School at Harvard will continue to turn out people trained for government service. I am a proud graduate of Maxwell, the Parris Island of public administration, and I had a very satisfying career as a federal bureaucrat.

But I don't want all bureaucrats trained in a national academy. Let them be trained by many schools to ensure a healthy diversity. Incidentally, the Chinese government has asked the Maxwell School to set up a school to train its bureaucrats.

Tom Gill

North Beach

Supply-siders detect bias

I am writing to express my growing outrage at The Sun's practice of mixing its ideological slant with the news and reporting. A typical recent example was the Aug. 11 article on Jack Kemp by Carl Cannon ("Two sides of Kemp give hope to GOP and pause").

The article's location on page one of the Sunday paper would lead most readers to expect an objective report on Mr. Kemp as a candidate for vice president. But this article was anything but objective. It was full of innuendo, ridicule and faint praise.

For example, in reporting Mr. Kemp's influence on the tax policies of the Reagan administration, Mr. Cannon says that "Kemp had fallen for the ideas pushed by congressional staffer Paul Craig Roberts." Is this objective reporting? His use of the phrase "had fallen for" implies that supply-side economics has been proven to be some kind of scam. It has not.

Many highly respected economists now believe the subsequent growth in the national debt was caused by the failure of the Democratic Congress of that period to reduce the growth of spending to match the growth in revenue that followed cuts in the income and capital gains tax rates.

Mr. Kemp knows what everyone knows who has read Adam Smith's fifth volume of "The Wealth of Nations." There is a limit to how much taxes can be raised before revenues level off, then FTC decline. The government can always spend more money than taxes can bring in, as happened in the last half of the '80s.

Another example of Mr. Cannon's liberal bias was his referral to Mr. Roberts as "a congressional staffer." This phraseology was a clear attempt to devalue the idea of supply-side economics by attributing the concept to a government bureaucrat. In fact, Mr. Roberts' supply-side ideas are shared by Nobel Prize winners in economics such as Milton Friedman and Gary Becker.

If Mr. Cannon were trying to be objective, why would he fail to acknowledge these more reknowned proponents of free-market economics? The answer is obvious. Ideologues like Mr. Cannon are retained by The Sun to further their political agenda.

Larry H. Brace

Edgewater

Dole will address the real issues

Visualize in other countries large signboards that read,"U.S. elects president based upon abortion issue." How much more absurd can this country -- once a lofty symbol of perfection and admiration -- get when the vital requisites should be welfare reform, balancing the budget, economic and individual opportunity, eliminating crime and conquering the terrorists' war on this nation?

These are the all-important issues that should be addressed. Bob Dole and Jack Kemp are completely aware and ready to meet every challenge. Mr. Dole's genuine values, his long record of achievements and honors, honesty, intelligence and devotion to our country should permit him to carry this great nation successfully into the next century. He is an omnivorous doer with a clearly defined goal, a greatly respected human being and leader.

Doris Patz

Baltimore

Pub Date: 8/18/96

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