Cable FutureEditor: I am responding to your Jan. 13...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 19, 1992

Cable Future

Editor: I am responding to your Jan. 13 editorial, ''Corraling Cable Television.''

It has taken a tremendous amount of capital to wire America for cable. Before deregulation, cities held cable rates artificially low.

Cable operators, not banks have provided most of the financing for networks including CNN, C-SPAN, A&E and BET. In Maryland, Home Team Sports and the Discovery Channel are perfect examples of cable networks funded and supported by the cable industry. These programming services in all likelihood would not be available today had Congress not deregulated the industry.

Cable today is one of the best entertainment values available in America. But it is not just entertainment. It provides some of the broadest and most encompassing news coverage the world has ever seen through CNN. C-SPAN provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of both houses of Congress. Network television has never offered the kind of coverage that these new programming services, developed and funded by the cable industry, have provided.

Cable rates have escalated rather sharply since 1986. For the most part they have brought the industry in line with inflation after being held artificially low before deregulation. The industry has reinvested huge sums of money in the development of the new programming networks and the new technologies used to delivery cable television today.

If passed by the House and signed by President Bush, the recently approved highly reregulatory Senate bill could potentially kill the cable industry's future growth in developing new programming services and bringing on line new technologies. Both new programming development and implementing new technologies require tremendous capital investments, frequently at great risk.

Wayne O'Dell. Annapolis.

The writer is president of the Cable Television Association of Maryland, Delaware and District of Columbia.

Not 'Benefited'

Editor: In regard to the latest debate surrounding the "benefits" of marine parks, and on the issue of captivity of marine mammals in general, I wish to state my opposition to statements made by marine park officials and others that "capture and public display of dolphins has helped save them from tuna nets."

As a representative of the organization that has researched the tuna/dolphin issue and led the fight to protect dolphins, I must state that our success in saving dolphins, and what led to the major tuna companies' decision to sell only dolphin-safe tuna, is the result of a nationwide campaign which has included a consumer boycott of all canned tuna, public demonstrations and public education including several television documentaries, not by harassing, capturing and publicly displaying wild dolphins.

The facts are that removing dolphins from wild populations that have already been depleted due to a number of natural and human-caused factors, including marine pollution, overfishing and habitat destruction, can only harm these already stressed ,, mammals. This not only endangers the dolphins, it damages the entire ocean ecosystem on which we all depend.

Brenda Killian. San Francisco.

The writer is associate director of the Earth Island Institute.

Grateful Mom

Editor: On Jan. 24, my 9-year old son, Eric, was hit by a car on Route 165, just south of Jarrettsville.

We want to thank our neighbors, the Jarrettsville Voluntary Fire Company, the Medevac crew, the doctors, nurses and staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital, all those involved that we have never met but will always be truly grateful to for their quick thinking and compassion.

At a time like that, a mother has no idea what to do. We can't express how thankful we are for having our son given back to us.

Our son crossed the road with his friend to get his mail. I am opposed to my neighbor's mailboxes being on the opposite side of the road because even the adults have a terrible time getting their mail. Route 165 has changed over the years and is now a straight thoroughfare to Pennsylvania.

The postmaster at Forest Hill said it is an inconvenience to them. Well, it is an inconvenience to have your child in Johns Hopkins Hospital with a severe concussion and a crack in his skull.

I only hope that postal authorities change their minds and attitudes and move the mailboxes to their right place so we don't have this happen again.

Carmen Lott.

Forest Hill.

COLAs

Editor: My wife and I receive Social Security benefits and strongly protest the statements in recent letters regarding cost of living increases and taxation of benefits respectively.

For 45 years these funds were deducted from our paychecks and all this time the money was accruing interest for the government's account. Now it is payback time and these individuals must think we are getting a gift. As it is, we both are caught in the "notch years" fiasco and estimate each of us is losing over $100 per month.

, Thomas W. Millenburg Jr. Baltimore.

Not Persuaded

Editor: On Jan. 26 I had the unfortunate experience of reading John Dorsey's comment on controversial art.

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