Editor: Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and our government's reaction to the invasion has caused many American citizens to search their consciences.
The transporting of tens of thousands of our young men and women from a peaceful environment thousands of miles into Saudi Arabia has given rise to a sober awareness that, at any moment, young innocents could be dyeing the desert sands with their blood.
There are those far from the boiling caldron of the desert whose impatience to "get it over with" frightens the most lion-hearted.
There are those who although condemning Saddam Hussein call for equanimity, trusting that the embargo and related measures will render war unnecessary.
And there are others, conservatives and liberals alike, who hTC sincerely believe that our reaction to the invasion of Kuwait was a reckless undertaking.
Those of us who are sincerely dedicated to preserving the lives of those who have not as yet experienced life and living, must declare a "war" of our own by bombarding our congressmen, senators and the White House with massive missiles of epistles demanding that prudence, patience and diplomacy be given a chance in a humane effort to bring our precious young men and women back home safely.
What victory could one proclaim in a war that would doubtless kill tens of thousands of innocent human beings throughout the Middle East and would not only cause the destruction of Iran but Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other nations in the process?
We would hardly have done the surviving citizens of those nations a great service.
Leon Peace Ried.
Editor: Hats off and a thank-you to the Baltimore County career fire fighters.
They collected more than $210,000 for muscular dystrophy over the Labor Day weekend.
They also participated in the International Fire Fighters 17th annual Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy softball tournament at Bowie, Sept. 7 to 9, where 85 teams from all over the United States made up of fire fighters played for muscular dystrophy. We all thank them.
Ted Priester Sr.
Editor: I have read this summer with increasing regularity reports of large clear-cutting of our mature forests by timber companies. I am wondering if in their zeal for quick profits they have ever given thought to the other values a forest is bound to provide, such as watershed protection, preservation of wildlife habitat and recreation. Little wonder then that many environmentalists throughout the country go on to protest, often violently, in an effort to stop this exploitation of our forest resources.
The truth is we need both timber and a healthy environment. There is no reason why both of these goals cannot be achieved.
The major objective in the management of mature forests is to harvest trees in such a way as to provide for the proper continuous regeneration of that forest. A carefully managed mature forest is better off than an unmanaged one where trees which stopped growing long ago prevent younger growth from taking over the stand.
The tool used to achieve this regeneration is the carefully done selective cutting. That assures the continuation of a healthy and productive forest, yielding both timber and environmentally important values.
We cannot afford any more ruination of our forest resources through the reckless clear-cutting.
Wolodymyr C. Sushko.
The writer is a former Baltimore City watershed forester.
Editor: Even before the Peabody Institute announced formally the success of its endowment campaign, we who love Peabody knew in our bones that a happy ending was forthcoming.
To our best knowledge, Peabody is the only conservatory in the U. S. that enjoys the respect and appreciation of three major forces: Political (Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg); academic (The Johns Hopkins University, with strong commitments from both past president Steven Muller and current president William Richardson); and media (The Baltimore Sun under Chairman Reg Murphy.).
Imagine Juilliard of New York falling into bad times and the trio of Gov. Cuomo, Columbia University and the New York Times getting their heads together to try to save the school.
A few paces from the Washington Monument, a plaque sits on the wall of an elegant building telling us that "established in 1857 by a philanthropist George Peabody, the Peabody Conservatory Music was the first institution in America for the education of professional musicians."
What the plaque does not say, and what the general public does not know, is that the oldest conservatory is also one of the best, if not the best in some features, in the country. Aside from Leon Fleisher and his award-winning pupils, the latest in Moscow, Peabody is a "people school" as well as an elite conservatory. One of its best-kept secrets the Preparatory Division, which offers course for children, senior citizens, and people in between.
Small wonder that Gov. Schaefer, who has been called "people's governor," would feel concerned about its survival and continued growth; for to save Peabody is to save the city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland.