Vice-President Al Gore's assignment to streamline government ("A productivity junkie takes on fat city," Government, July 5) is a worthy task. But it may be wise to postpone the celebration. A preview of his approach is available by looking at how he is staffing his own office. As of Mar. 31, Gore had hired 57 Senate staff members, including 3 executive assistants, 10 special assistants, plus 35 staff assistants.
Dan Quayle's staff never exceeded 42. I don't think I can stand much more of this "improved government." Can you?
William E. Poole
Editor's note: The Vice-President's office says Gore's Senate budget and permanent staff are currently the same as Quayle's.