Satire: KAL Provides the Sauce
Editor: Cartoonist KAL certainly riles people up, which is just what a political cartoonist is supposed to do. Apparently he succeeded particularly well in his recent depiction of Teflon-coated Reagans.
To the gentleman who found this portrayal appallingly anti-Irish, we offer a reminder that Ireland is famous in both literature and politics for its centuries-old tradition of virulent political satire.
To the woman whose breakfast was disturbed by KAL, we say that breakfast without KAL, for us, is a poached egg with no seasoning.
Thanks, KAL, for salting our mornings.
1! Clarinda and Michael Raymond. Baltimore.
Editor: This week on one of my occasional drives over the Key Bridge, I noticed Baltimore's beautiful city skyline. I also thought the water in the bay was actually beginning to look blue again. Then I looked toward Sparrows Point and saw great billows of black and red-brown smoke. When is the Bethlehem Steel Corp. going to stop polluting the air over Baltimore.?
Robert E. Banks. Baltimore.
Editor: After reading the April 21 article regarding date rape, et. al., I was reminded of something that happened to me some years ago. It was 4 p.m., still light, and I was going to my office on Route 40 West to pick up my paycheck.
I felt someone very near me. When I turned I came face to face with a strange man. I guess because I screamed, all he managed to do was get his hand up my dress and then he ran.
When I told a co-worker what happened, he asked me ''what were you wearing?'' For the record, I was wearing a full-length wool coat (over a dress), a wool scarf, knee-length leather boots, gloves and a knit hat. The only part of my body that was visible was my face, and I even had on sunglasses.
The only reason this co-worker absolved me of blame was because I was dressed for a blizzard. But I can tell you, that wool coat gets damned hot in July.
& Joyce C. Robinson. Glen Burnie.
Editor: Professor George Hahn, of Towson State University, attempts to make a case against the University of Maryland's sponsorship of a program delivering accredited courses to students on cable television.
His major concern seems to be that persons earning a B.A. in this manner may not be getting the best possible education. Consequently, he implies, the program ought not be undertaken at all.
The true picture of today's undergraduate eduction is accurately understood by imagining you are one of 200-500 students sitting in a large auditorium listening to a graduate student lecturing monotonously. The number of students who actually receive the kind of personal attention Mr. Hahn lauds is minimal.
More troubling is Mr. Hahn's suggestion that the medieval teaching methods with which he is so enamored represent the pinnacle of the instructional arts. Unfortunately, his resistance to the application of modern technology to education is not unusual.
As a doctoral student in the classics department at the University of Minnesota, I ran into the same kind of resistance to using the computer as a means of giving individualized instruction to students in basic courses. The situation has not changed even 12 years later. Gutenberg no doubt met similar resistance among the privileged faculty of 15th century universities.
I agree with Mr. Hahn that television is not the ideal vehicle for delivering instruction. But that does not mean that its use should be dismissed out of hand.
Dale V. Gear. Pasadena.
Health Care Boom
Editor: In his April 14 column on access to health care, Ray Jenkins expresses concern that health care may represent ''a quarter of the projected Gross National Product at the turn of the century.''
In the early 1900s, the United States changed from an agricultural to a manufacturing economy. Now we are changing from a manufacturing to a service economy. By the year 2000, 80 percent of the work force will be in the service-producing rather PTC than in the goods-producing sector.
Currently 16 million Americans work in health care, providing a valuable service to their fellow citizens. Health care is the fastest growing part of the economy. Twelve of the 25 fastest growing occupations are in health care. During the past year, in a recession, one million new jobs were added in health care. Would Mr. Jenkins rather that these one million people be unemployed to keep the health care percentage of the GNP down??
# Leon Reinstein. Baltimore.
Misleading Teacher Salary Chart
Editor: The recent article by Joan Tyner (March 24), "Issues of Teacher Salaries Assumes New Shape", falls perfectly in line with the wave of teacher-bashing we have seen in recent years. The crux of Ms. Tyner's article is the accompanying chart of teacher earnings which suggests that teachers receive outlandish salaries and therefore, salary is no longer an issue to be considered.