LibrariansEditor: What's this about closing the School of...


May 24, 1991


Editor: What's this about closing the School of Library and Information Science of the University of Maryland? How shortsighted can administrators be?

Who know how to organize, store and make available information? Who know the technique and art of ''putting knowledge to work''? Librarians who have learned in accredited library schools the intricacies of information organization, the many ways of disseminating and exchanging information and the skills needed to get the right information to the right person at the right time.

Close instead the School of Education and guide people who want to teach to a program that will make them well-grounded in liberal arts and the subject they wish to teach.

Knowledge is snow-balling and we need people who can handle it.

Ruth P. Bristol.


Brady Bill

Editor: Your support for the Brady bill (so named in the effort to exploit the tragedy suffered by Jim Brady) conveniently overlooks that the Brady bill would not have prevented the tragedy after which it is named, because John Hinckley, reportedly, procured his handgun some months earlier.

The Brady bill conveniently overlooks that it inconveniences only the ordinary citizen, while doing essentially nothing to inhibit the procurement of a handgun by a criminal -- who should know better than to attempt to purchase a weapon from a dealer.

Maryland has had a law for 20 years that is virtually identical to the Brady bill. If the process works -- if requiring application in advance and verification by the police that the applicant has no criminal record, keeps handguns out of the hands of criminals -- why do we never hear statistics relating to how many applications have been turned down? Why do we never hear how many criminals have been apprehended as a result of having completed applications (on which the address of the applicant is required)?

If you are really interested in reducing crime, it is suggested that we punish the criminal. And let the would-be criminal know that he or she will be punished, too. Then do it! And quit hoodwinking the public with laws that allegedly will reduce crime, but, in fact, only provide gratification for those in our society who have a hatred of firearms.

James A. Runser.


Setting the Record Straight

Editor: The enthusiasm of having one of our own officially held up for admiration was marred somewhat by a few inaccuracies.

I refer to the public announcement that the life and works of Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange are to be scrutinized for sainthood.

May I point out that she was born in San Dominique, now Haiti.

She did flee first to Cuba before coming to Baltimore, but she was born on the Isle of Hispaniola.

Second, she died in 1882, not the date reported.

Third, it does not cost $1 million to promote the cause of God's servants, as has been reported.

Sainthood cannot be bought.

Sister Virginie Fish.


The writer is the Oblate Sisters of Providence liaison to the Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange Guild.

Bleak Future

Editor: I am outraged after reading about Pedro Lugo, a young man in Southeast Baltimore who was so severely beaten in his head that he may be brain damaged, while teen-agers charged with the crime were initially released to the custody of their parents.

The callousness of youths perpetrating this crime, coupled with the further information that a crowd of students was urging the violent actions to continue, bodes for a scary and bleak future.

My deepest regrets to Pedro's family, whose hopes and dreams have been crushed by very disturbed young men.

Josie Newhouse.


Middy Stripes

Editor: I was charmed by Augusta Tucker's reminiscence, ''The Flying Lesson'' (Opinion * Commentary, May 20).

However, in the nit-picking spirit that characterizes readers of the editorial page, I think the author is mistaken about the three stripes on her ''middy blouse'' standing for the battles of Abukir Bay, the Nile and Trafalgar. Abukir (or Aboukir) Bay and the Nile were one and the same battle.

My guess is that the other stripe represented either the Battle of St. Vincent, in which then-Commodore Horatio Nelson played the most decisive role, or the Battle of Copenhagen, which is generally counted as the second of his three great victories.

alph Hitchens.


'Get Off Our Knees to Fight Back'

Editor: If you can't beat them, join them. That was, in effect, the conclusion you reached in your May 12 editorial, ''Exploding Democrats.'' If Democrats can't beat Republicans in presidential elections, then we should become like Republicans. If we can't win votes with our message, then we should abandon the people we've always spoken for, and adopt Republican methods to win elections.

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