MADD at systemAs a child, I was taught human life is...


June 18, 1991

MADD at system

As a child, I was taught human life is priceless. Unfortunately, because of a slick defense attorney, a price of $35 has been placed on Everett Jones' life ("$35 ticket clears man in fatalities," Evening Sun, June 11), and John Charles Glasser again is free after having killed two people in five years.

The volunteers at MADD work very hard to help the victims of drunk driving crashes understand how our criminal justice system works. But now I am at a loss for an explanation. When will people realize that drunk driving is a serious crime and not just another traffic violation? Who does the defense attorney think he has helped by getting his client released early? Mr. Glasser has already shown that killing someone was not enough a deterrent to keep him from doing it again.

Using tricks, such as paying a traffic citation quickly, knowing full well a manslaughter charge will be forthcoming, turns our justice system into an "injustice" system for everyone, especially the victims.

Donna Becker


The writer is president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, northern Maryland chapter.

Call it Friendship

The list of possible names for the new downtown stadium should be headed by one I still haven't seen -- a name with all the right connotations, and a name associated with Baltimore for years around the country and even the world when it identified our airport.

Friendship Field. It's a natural.

eorge N. Lucas


Safer highways

A simple, old-fashioned and inexpensive method to help alleviate traffic congestion on many interstate and two-lane highways would be a state program reminding drivers to keep to the right, except to pass. When this courteous and safe practice is obeyed, traffic moves more efficiently and the roads are safer for everyone.

A. Thomas Beckman


Safe sex not enough

Discussion about the recent Presbyterian convention fails to mention certain essentials. If should be unnecessary, for example, to state that pregnancy results from sexual activity. In spite of the current "it won't happen here" attitude, babies result. If there is to be social stability, society must have assurance that the child will be provided for emotionally and materially until hje or she is able to cope independently in the world. Obviously, this calls for parents who are willing and able to carry the job to completion without abandoning responsibility or dumping it onto society.

To preach "safe sex" will always fall one step short. A better approach requires shifting our attention to "responsible sex."

Nigel Akerman


Supreme Court did not outlaw abortion talk

In the Forum (June 12), Joseph Lerner joins the ranks of many Americans with his misinformation.

The Supreme Court has not outlawed abortion counseling. The Supreme Court said abortion is not a form of birth control and cannot be treated as one and be paid for with federal money.

Planned Parenthood must separate its family planning clinics from its abortion clinics. Why is Planned Parenthood making such a big deal? Unless, of course, it considers abortion to be birth control along with the pill, IUD, etc.

In that case, Planned Parenthood will find public opinion against it. Maybe that is why it is working so hard to cover up the facts.

Marilyn Szewczyk


Slowing AIDS

Your series on AIDS quotes one person as saying: "There is no city effort in AIDS education in the gay community ... and only a minimal effort within the HIV drug community." The city does not have to educate - money can be better spent elsewhere. Don't the people in the gay and drug communities read the papers or watch television? There is so much "education" that AIDS now competes with breakfast cereals for frequency of exposure.

It is unfortunate that these two segments of the population account for the vast majority of AIDS cases, but doubly unfortunate that the same groups are responsible for others acquiring AIDS through blood transfusions and other blood contacts.

When will our elected officials have the guts to enact laws requiring testing for the HIV virus in hospitals so that hospital personnel will know in advance what they are facing and so that police and medics will know what they have been exposed to in line of duty.

Unfortunately, too, there are too many politicians who are afraid of a so-called "gay vote" and therefore are unwilling to consider such legislation. Until that legislation is passed, along with legislation making it a crime to knowingly pass the AIDS virus on to another, the disease will continue to spread - perhaps until the annihilation of society (if a cure is not found first).

Richard L. Lelonek


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