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April 01, 1992

UMAB closing on Opening Day to ensure access

Recently, The Evening Sun has carried a number of letters opposing the decision to close the schools and non-essential services at the University of Maryland at Baltimore on Opening Day of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Evening Sun even featured this topic in its phone-in opinion poll, "It's Your Call." The University of Maryland Medical System, Hospital, Shock-Trauma, and all essential services will remain open and functioning on April 6.

This was not a frivolous decision made merely to accommodate baseball, and it certainly was not intended to give baseball a priority over higher education, even for one day. Our first priority must be to ensure access to our health care facilities. Closing the campus will decompress the traffic so that vital health care activities can take place. This decision was made by the deans and vice presidents after months of consideration and review in preparation for Opening Day.

As for parking, some limited parking will be available on campus on Opening Day and throughout the season. However, this parking will be made available only after we satisfy the needs of our medical system patients, patient visitors, faculty, staff and students of the university and medical system.

The opening of the new stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Our goal is to assist the city, state and stadium during this important day, while serving the health-care needs of citizens.

Dr. Errol L. Reese

Baltimore

The writer is president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Osteoporosis

Regarding the article "Bone Up On Osteoporosis" (March 17) the statement that "estrogen carries increased risk of cancer" was misleading.

Is it better to try to avoid osteoporosis, for which there is no cure, by "gathering ye calcium while ye may," as your writer puts it, or to avoid the disease with hormone replacement?

If a woman is under the careful eye of her gynecologist, gets yearly mammograms, pap smears and ovarian biopsies, the danger in hormone therapy is practically nil. All doctors should explain to their patients the advantages of hormone replacement therapy and exactly how if effects the body. Those fortunate enough to have such doctors will understand that the therapy is the better way to go, rather than waiting to develop osteoporosis.

The estrogen is not given alone, but in a cyclic manner with progesterone. A woman therefore will function in the same way as pre-menopause.

Doctors owe explanations to their patients, and patients should demand such explanations if they don't get them.

Phyllis Lichter

Pikesville

A tax on success?

From the standpoint of wealth, I can hardly qualify as a spokesman for the wealthy in this country. However, someone must rise to protest the injustice and stupidity of actions that politicians, seeking votes, are again attempting. Using subjective terms such as "fairness" or "affordability," these individuals seek an even steeper progressive income tax rate. Nothing could be less fair or less productive.

A progressive income tax is nothing more than an income redistribution scheme whereby the citizenry is segregated by income levels and then taxed unequally. What is fair about that? Indeed, if the segregation criteria was on almost any other basis, it would be declared unconstitutional.

In general, those among us with the highest incomes are the leaders in our society. Not politicians, they are the risk takers . . . the professionals, managers and entrepreneurs whose continued intellectual and financial investment and re-investment are so essential to a growing economy.

Punishing their success through unfair taxation can only lead, as it has in the past, to diminished risk taking with investment based on tax avoidance and not economic growth. It is wrong-headed from the start.

Now if someone can come up with a scheme to double the taxes paid by lawyers and lobbyists, count me in!

Edward J. Naumann, Jr.

Towson

House cave-in

Your editorial "Revolt in the House" (March 25) unfairly maligns a conscientious group of people, those Baltimore County legislators who voted against that tax nonsense.

The so-called craven legislators from Baltimore County were the only ones with the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing by insisting that the state permanently downsize the government and stop wasting our money on inefficiently run programs.

The governor surely hasn't shown any inclination to do either.

What I would have expected from a responsible governor in tight times is that he would rank each program and each project in each agency from the most good to the least good, start at the bottom and cut until costs equaled revenues. I would have expected a responsible governor to welcome the input of someone such as John O'Neill who obviously brings something to the table.

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