The positive side of preemiesBeing a mother of a premature...

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August 14, 1991

The positive side of preemies

Being a mother of a premature child and working directly with mothers of preemies, I can tell you many mothers feel hurt by the negative close-minded special report "Dying Too Young" (August 5 and 6). You just reinforced the stereotyped thinking about mothers of preemies. Roughly half of the preemies born had mothers who didn't abuse drugs or alcohol, had good prenatal care and still delivered early. Inside an intensive care unit for premature babies many wonderful things do happen. So why not show the positive side?

My husband and I have a 24-week preemie who weighed at times less than a pound, and this little miracle has given us a new, refreshing outlook on life! She is now a happy and healthy 2-year-old. You should take a look and see life on the positive.

Linda Standiford

Hunt Valley

Violence in Wichita

Bravo on your Aug. 7 editorial about President Bush and mob rule. The president has said something about following the law but has yet to rein in the Justice Department.

The rhetoric is interesting. It is really Operation Rescue that has overstepped bounds not the federal judge. When local authorities failed to act appropriately, the judge stepped in. This is proper, and there is certainly precedent to support it.

Operation Rescue also claims that it doesn't advocate violence, but the blocking of access [to abortion clinics in Wichita] is a violent act. This is, again, characteristic of Operation Rescue's continual distortions in this controversy.

Dan Bridgewater

Westminster

Arrivederci sorella!

Why does Baltimore County's executive finds it so easy to sever ties with his "sister city" in Grosseto, Italy? Cultural and personal ties are just as important as trade and business in such a relationship.

Since County Executive Hutchinson established the link with Grosseto, Baltimore County students have participated in exchange programs with boys and girls in Italy. The exchange has blossomed in the past five years and, in a very real sense, the students have become brothers and sisters. Six county schools and hundreds of students have bridged a cultural gap and benefited from hands-on exploration of the roots of Western civilization. Hundreds of Italian students experienced our rich American heritage and came away with a new understanding of our way of life (and added quite a few dollars to the coffers of the business community, I might add).

We have learned the family is sacred to an Italian what kind of lesson do we send abroad by dropping the "sister-city" relationship?

Jack Androlewicz

The writer is coordinator of the Italian exchange program at Towson High School.

Wrong word

In his Aug. 1 column, "Three-way comptroller's race offers Landers an advantage," Frank DeFilippo wrote: "McLean's the penultimate buppie black urban professional who, along with her husband, runs a highly successful travel agency."

Since he took the trouble to define buppie, I am obliged to define penultimate for Mr. DeFilippo. It means next to last. If he wanted a hifalutin' adjective, he could have used quintessential.

A City that Reads deserves alert editors on its prominent newspapers.

Benjamin Collins

Catonsville

The last laugh

Eric Tirado is probably still laughing about how he duped the entire jury into buying his tearful song and dance to spare his life.

One hopes the last laugh will be on him.

Justice will finally be served if, while in prison, Tirado contracts AIDS, and he lingers, writhing in agony for a long time. Amen.

Bette Teich

Baltimore

Tirado sentence

Eric Tirado, the convicted murderer ogf Maryland State Police Cpl. Ted Wolf, has been given a life sentence in prison without parole. I am incensed!

Although no one has been executed in this state since 1961, we still have the death penalty statute in effect. Hopefully the inane system of legal delays and appeals now in effect someday can be bridged and true justice brought about again.

I'm angry that, as a taxpayer, I and even other taxpayer in Maryland (including Corporal Wolf's brave widow and family) will now be subsidizing Eric Tirado's future existence.

It's unfortunate that the Howard County jury that handed down this sentence was only a figurative jury of Tirado's peers. A true one would have swiftly meted out the same punishment -- a quick execution.

Jack A. Wiley

Baltimore

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