Deaf Children and Hearing
Editor: Jonathan Bor's Oct. 1 front-page article, ''Implant gives deaf children first hope of hearing,'' calls for a comment.
Dr. Bruce Gantz showed a videotape of his star pupil to the science writers. If he had shown a typical pupil from the group of 32 implanted children in his study, the writers would have had a far less positive impression.
There is only one language that congenitally or early deaf children can learn at a natural pace; that language is sign language. Having sign as a first language does not impede a deaf child from learning a spoken language. To the contrary, it helps.
In schools where spoken language and its reading and writing are taught, deaf children of deaf parents outperform fellow students who do not have sign as a first language.
Parents of prelingually deaf children would be well advised to be most cautious before opting for the very expensive and highly experimental cochlear implant operation.
Moise H. Goldstein Jr.
The writer, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, is a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration panel on cochlear implants.
Dog Eat Dog
Editor: Despite what President Bush says, there is a recession going on. And along with the recession, people have become just as cruel to each other as the economy has been to large groups within American society. Concern for others and polite manners have gone down the tube. The expression "it's a dog-eat-dog world" rings true.
It seems as if people from all walks of life these days are no longer willing to help someone else "get a leg up." Doing a favor for someone else either has a price tag attached, or is promised but not fulfilled. In business, it used to be that it was who you knew who would help you to get ahead. That no longer applies. So many banking officials have been charged with fraud that to get up the banking corporate ladder, it's who you don't know which applies.
On the social scene, manners have been trashed. Even corporations holding black-tie affairs are discouraged by the lack of response to invitations sent out. No one bothers to RSVP, write thank-you notes for hospitality received, or praise others for a job well done. When I was young, it was drilled into me to write thank-you notes, whether it be a friend, a relative or a potential employer. I'm trying to raise my son the same way, but not many of his friends are receiving similar guidance.
I work at an independent school, where it is one of my jobs to introduce students to various careers that might be of interest to them after college. I arrange for alumnae to come in and speak about careers in banking, investment counseling, real estate, stockbrokering, nursing and teaching. In addition to what is taught to these students in class, alumnae speakers hope to reinforce the fact that although different careers require varied college knowledge, it is also commitment and integrity in their demeanor that are necessary tools for a successful career.
Yet what kind of a future are we offering the young people of this world when bank after bank goes under as a result of greedy over-investing? Some people I know brag about how they'll file for Chapter 11 if they overuse their credit cards, claiming it's no big deal if they get to walk away from their debts.
Turn to our children to find out about the repercussions of a noncaring society. Grade-school kids selling drugs, toting guns, babies having babies? God destroyed the world once and said He'd never do it again. He doesn't have to. We, as God's children, are doing it for Him.
Money to Burn
Editor: At a time when Baltimore County government has continuing concerns about the economic environment, why is Roger Hayden preparing to have the county purchase the burning Jett stump dump?
There is no benefit to having potential parkland purchased when cutbacks seem to be the direction the county and the entire state is moving in. Pardon the expression, but the entire proposal stinks.
George H. Hokemeyer.
The writer is president of the Baltimore County Lodge No. 4 of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Editor: Why isn't the governor of Maryland cutting his staff?
Neither is he giving up any of his state troopers or security at his properties.
It doesn't appear that he is cutting his salary; as the third highest-paid governor in the United States, for a state the size of Maryland, he is very much overpaid.
He wants to arouse the public so he can stuff a raise in taxes down our throats.
9- It is the same old game -- spend and tax.
Emma D. MacAllister.
What's in a Name?
Editor: Native American protests against the Atlanta Braves' ''tomahawk chop'' have called attention to the bad message which a team's nickname can send.
In light of Washington's murder rate, does anybody else think that the Bullets should change their name?
Thomas N. Longstreth.
Privatize Political Bureaucracy!