Please don't replace

people with 'voices'

Regarding Lane Filler's March 18 column, "Is our future a world without work?":

The possibility that technology could make many workers obsolete made me think of a problem I was having with a new appliance. When I phoned the company, I got a calm, sincere recorded voice that requested my name and life history. It gave me a long list of problems so that I might choose one. Well, my problem wasn't on the list. The next voice again asked for my name, etc. I was given a new list with a choice of selections to make, but - you guessed it - my problem wasn't mentioned.

Now my patience was gone. I lost control and shouted into the phone, "I need a person." Instead, I was sent an email with even more choices. I didn't bother to fill in all the blanks, but merely stated in three sentences what needed to be done.

I never heard from them. If only I could have talked to a live person, I could have saved my energy and time. Snow shoveling would have been more productive. So please, Mr. or Mrs. Company President, please hire a few hardworking people to help those of us who have trouble understanding the small printed book you enclosed to enjoy the promises you espoused for your wonderful timesaver.

JOAN LEODORI

Avalon

What's the holdup

on affordable housing?

The Mount Laurel doctrine on affordable housing was enacted in 1975 following a New Jersey Supreme Court decision. Ever since, this decision has been kicked down the road by every municipality, including Egg Harbor Township.

The idea of the social contract is one of the foundations of the American political system. Failure to build affordable housing for those less fortunate in every municipality is a breach of that code.

With all the open spaces and municipally owned land, this should be a no-brainer. Or are elected officials only thinking "What's in it for me?"

DONAL SHEAHAN

Egg Harbor Township

Raise A.C. tax money

with slots at airports

As gaming revenue continues to decline, something needs to be done to generate new sources of tax revenue - and quickly.

It's time to put slot machines at Newark Liberty International Airport and Atlantic City International Airport. Since they could only be accessed by those holding airline tickets, they would not compete with Atlantic City. Placing 250 machines in each of Newark's three terminals and taxing them at 60 percent could conservatively generate $20 million in annual taxes to be directed to the city to compensate for lost tax revenue from the casino industry.

This would not only give Newark Liberty a competitive advantage over JFK and Philadelphia, but would provide the Atlantic City Alliance with a venue to promote Atlantic City to millions of travelers.

Machines at Atlantic City International Airport would add to the tax revenue.

WAYNE H. SCHAFFEL

President

Public Relations Network

White Plains, N.Y.

Mayor helped school

celebrate things Seussical

In March the nation celebrates the promotion of literacy and the birthday of Dr. Seuss in the form of "Read Across America Day." Schools delight in all things Seussical in the spirit of the beloved author.

This year, the historic Atlantic City Day Nursery celebrated the day with a little help from Mayor Don Guardian. The mayor and other guests - Lisa Whitley (James & Fralinger's), Cydnee Phoenix (Revel), and Louis Barberio (Boys & Girls Club) - read with animated delight to the young children of the nursery, making the day as engaging as it was memorable.

We wanted to publicly extend our thanks to the mayor and our other guests. Established in 1906, our school remains one of the oldest institutions in Atlantic City that is still doing what it set out to do more than 100 years ago: to nurture and educate the city's youngest learners. Long before casinos, Prohibition, and even Nucky Johnson, there was this special school, and we are so grateful the mayor dedicated a part of his schedule to warming the hearts of his smallest (and perhaps most important) constituents.

CHRISTINE D'ALESSANDRO

Board President

Atlantic City Day Nursery

Atlantic City

Sierra Club should support

coal plant conversion

Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, criticized the Board of Public Utilities for failing to approve the $188 million wind farm project, saying "The board did not consider the benefits of reduced air pollution."

Earlier this year the Sierra Club applauded the Pinelands Commission for rejecting the natural-gas pipeline to convert the B.L. England power plant from burning coal, without any mention of reduced pollution.

So the Sierra Club is against air pollution when it comes to windmills but for air pollution when it comes to the pipeline.

JOHN APPLEGATE

Galloway Township