Two NotablesEditor: An interesting article May 28 by...


June 06, 1991

Two Notables

Editor: An interesting article May 28 by Robert A. Erlandson about Green Mount Cemetery noted some of the celebrities interred there. Two other personalities equally worthy of comment are, however, omitted.

One of them is Edward C. Pinkney, first poet of the United States Navy. With a boost from the letters column of The Sun, I was enabled to solicit enough money to erect a modest monument to his memory in 1941. It stands in lot 2, area D.

The other notable is the Confederate veteran, Maj. J. Innes Randolph.

He composed one of the most quoted songs of the Civil War, which had verses beginning, ''Oh, I'm a good old Rebel!''

To the shades of both these neglected gentry I say, God speed.

Curtis Carroll Davis.


Right to Life

Editor: I am writing to express regret in the change of topic regarding abortion. The issue several years ago was whether life began at conception. Recently, it has changed to whether the mother has the right to choose to have an abortion, with no regard for the child. This is sad.

For you see, in August of 1963, my life was changed forever. A girl in Washington got pregnant. Abortion was illegal. I do not know why my mother chose not to abort me, but I do know this: In August of 1963, I was not aborted.

I was carried to full term by my biological mother, born on April 26, 1964, and given up for adoption to a couple from Baltimore. A loving, Christian, more-than-you-could-ever-ask-for couple who could not have children of their own.

The abortion dilemma is a fundamental one for me, for if abortion were legal in 1963, there is a strong possibility I might never have been born. I do not know if my ''life'' started with conception, but I know that my ''life'' would have ended with abortion.

Thank God that we are living in the United States, where the citizens attempt to protect people's rights. In my opinion, the mother has the right to use modern, 100 percent effective birth control, and I believe that a conceived child has the right to be born.

I wish to publicly thank that girl in Washington who, in August of 1963, felt that abortion was not her right.

Martin T. Lange.


Doctors and AIDS

Editor: In "Baltimore prison dentist dies of AIDS" (The Sun, May 23), a health officer estimates the chances of contracting the AIDS virus during a dental procedure at 2 in 1,000. The Sun should note that recently the Centers for Disease Control in zTC Atlanta estimated that the chances of a patient becoming infected with HIV by his or her physician are, at most, 1 in 41,600 and possibly as small as 1 in 1.5 million.

The physicians of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland are concerned about the issue of HIV and health-care workers. Med Chi has a policy stating that the testing of health-care workers and patients should be done when a significant exposure to HIV has taken place between a health-care worker and patient in order to protect the patient.

Med Chi policy maintains that physicians who are aware of their HIV-positive status have an ethical responsibility to report their HIV status appropriately.

During the last legislative session, Med Chi supported the passage of bills defining what constitutes a significant exposure to HIV and outlines ways patients and health-care workers can be tested under informed consent.

The bills were based on the premise that 90 percent of all those who are requested to take an HIV test will give consent. The bills also allowed for substitute consent to be given (i.e., for comatose patients).

Gov. William Donald Schaefer signed into law H.B. 194. It requires Med Chi to consult with the Centers for Disease Control, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Hospital Association to develop practice protocols for health-care workers infected with HIV. The protocols are to be submitted to the legislature on Dec. 2, 1991.

Med Chi is proud to be included in the development of appropriate protocols to address this most serious health-care issue.

J. David Nagel, M.D.


The writer is president of Med Chi, the state's medical society.


Editor: I found ''Please Don't Feed the Blacks,'' Opinion * Commentary page, May 28, profoundly offensive. Ken Hamblin speaks from the vantage point of ignorance.

It is not benign federal policies that have created the squalor and strife in America's ghettos but the combination of stinginess, paternalism, racism and mean-spiritedness so well illustrated by his article.

His comparison of poor blacks with animals is revolting. His complaints against an imaginary liberal largess are too absurd to merit comment. The nation's investment in welfare programs has been but a minuscule fraction of the massive allocations to weapons manufacture.

Mr. Hamblin has succeeded in perpetuating a damaging stereotype. It must be easy to pick on the most vulnerable segment of our population when you don't know what you're talking about.

M. Patricia Fernandez Kelly.


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