In Bonnie Davis' letter to the Forum on April 25, a...

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April 25, 1991

In Bonnie Davis' letter to the Forum on April 25, a typographical error resulted in changing the meaning of a key sentence. In commenting on a news story which raised questions about the manner in which the Department of Social Services handled allegations of child abuse in a case involving a Frederick family, Ms. Davis described the case as "atypical," not "typical," as the printed version of her letter stated. We regret the error.

The press travels the low road

The release of Kitty Kelley's book on Nancy Reagan and the Kennedy Palm Beach scandal were opportunities for the news media to display high standards. Instead, most took the low road into yellow journalism.

On April 7, The New York Times printed all the unproven hearsay details of the Kelley book on the front page near its "all the news fit to print" caption.


The following week, the Times joined NBC in revealing the name of the alleged victim in the Kennedy case.

The Times was quick to criticize the Los Angeles police for overreacting during an arrest, but when the Palm Beach police never acted at all in the rape case, the paper never printed a word about possible Kennedy political pressure to impede the investigation.

Deja vu, Chappaquiddick.

Joseph Saffron


No comparison

I think there is something wrong in comparing the current situation of the Kurds to the Holocaust. This error has been committed by Jews and Gentiles alike. The Jews in Europe were persecuted solely because of their religious identification. They did not start a civil war against the countries in which they resided, nor did they attempt to overthrow the legitimate government. They were forcefully transported to death camps.

As much as I regret what is happening to the Kurds in Iraq, commentators should not compare the deliberate lawless murder of six million Jews with the current plight of the Kurds.

Albert Sherman


Adults victims, too

In response to Laura Lippman's "Imaginative little boy" (Evening Sun, April 19), the Department of Social Services, in its child protective service capacity, is mandated by taxpayers to protect children. It is, in other words, an expression of the taxpayers' concern for children. And, as with any agency created by the public, it will only be as good as the public demands. This is true in spite of many well-qualified personnel.

Social workers struggle daily with caseloads that are too high, no funds, an unwieldy bureaucracy, political slings and arrows and attorneys' threats

Ms. Lippman writes, once again, of a typical case. Her article is incendiary, inaccurate and one-sided. Yes, there are reports of abuse and neglect which are unsubstantiated, but the sad fact remains that there are more children victimized by adults than there are adults victimized by children.

Bonnie Davis


Stop drinking

Health Secretary Louis Sullivan has requested anyone

supporting any sports event or business which deals in tobacco products to cease and desist.

That clears the air for him to do the same with any producer or seller of alcohol.

I don't drink, but I do smoke. Since I'm denied this pleasure, why not go after alcohol, which truly helps cause family and child abuse, mental and physical illness and injury or death.

I've never heart or read of an auto accident caused by someone smoking, except those on drugs. However, since the alcohol lobby is much stronger than the tobacco lobby, I suppose this vice will continue.

N.H. Buchar Baltimore

Outlaw junk mail

Junk mail and telephone solicitors ` I don't know which I detest more. They both invade my privacy and are hazards to my well-being. When daily loads of junk mail come slithering through my mail slot into my foyer, the privacy of my home is being invaded with unwanted trash. And when tons and tons of daily junk mail throughout the country must be disposed of, the resulting damage to the ecology is a hazard to my well-being.

When I am interrupted from a meaningful task by a telephone solicitation, that is an invasion of my privacy. And when I am pulled from a far corner of my house to answer yet another phone solicitation, I risk the hazard of a fall en route.

Junk mail and telephone solicitantions ` I vote to outlaw them both!

Ida Legum



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Maryland Clay Products produces approximately 50 million bricks per year and markets its product in Baltimore as well as throughout northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, many other states and Canada.

The Turf Falley Hotel in Ellicott City and the Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia are just two examples of the commercial buildings using our brick, to say nothing of the hundreds of Baltimore area homes enhanced by their warm beauty.

Paul Payne

The writer is president of Maryland Clay Products.

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