Readers write

Readers write

December 11, 1990

PUBLIC IS INVITED TO HELP HONOR KING

From: Maxwell D. Ochs

Director of planning

Anne Arundel County EOC Inc.

Recent news concerning the undergraduate career of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may prove to be of value to historians who need to show that this man was as human as the rest of us. However, I hope no one will try to use these disclosures to undercut or diminish in any way the contributions that this great leader made to our country and our world.

We celebrate and continue to commemorate the life of King on the national holiday which celebrates his birthday. In Annapolis, we will be "Keeping the Dream Alive" at the third annual MLK Dinner on Jan. 15.

The Community Action Agency is proud to be sponsoring this event once again. Call me at 626-1935, for information on how to join us for the awards, the speeches and the food and fellowship.

UNHELMETED HEADS ARE INVITING DISASTER

From: John Hamilton

Volunteer director

Maryland Head Injury Foundation

On Sept. 1, 1963, the state of Maryland enacted a mandatory motorcycle helmet-use law. This law was amended on May 29, 1979 to affect only persons under the age of 18. A bill to reinstate this law has been introduced in the Maryland Legislature every year since then and has failed to pass.

* It is not a radical -- 23 states already have them.

* Head-injured motorcycle riders have less than a 55 percent chance of ever returning to work. So you, the taxpayer, will carry the patient and frequently, the patient's family. All because the rider did not wear a helmet.

Many people wonder how this failure to reinstate the Helmet Law could happen: Police and fire teams who are the first on the scene and frequently remove (injured motorcyclists with) damaged, unhelmeted heads from the pavement; the ambulance and helicopter crews who race against time to the life-sustaining treatment of shock trauma; the doctors and nurses of the shock trauma centers who mobilize all their skills for a hopeful restoration of functions to the broken, unhelmeted heads; the Department of Post Mortem Examiners who are called in when all efforts have been to no avail; and most important of all, the families and loved ones of the victims -- they are in shock starting from the first knock on the door by a police representative and remain that way for days, weeks, months or, frequently, years -- watching, waiting and hoping for the damage, that could have been prevented, to be repaired!

The Maryland Head Injury Foundation has a twofold mission: (1) to improve the lives of head injury victims and (2) prevention of head injury.

As an effective measure for prevention of head injury, we support the reinstatement of this Maryland Motorcycle Helmet Law without reservations.

We urge you and your readers to demand reinstatement of this law, when the next session of the Maryland Legislature begins in January 1991.

Editor's Note: John Hamilton is the father of a head-injured son.

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