It's Still a Man's WorldIn a March 19 letter to the...


April 13, 1992

It's Still a Man's World

In a March 19 letter to the editor, Don Vance asked why eight women who accused a Washington state senator of rape/sexual harassment were not named but the accused was. Good question. Who cares if the majority of the women said they would testify if the case went to court? Why wait to try the case in court? Look at the success of the Thomas-Hill media trial; no question that justice was served there.

Mr. Vance was kind enough to answer his own question: "Yet another example of equal (ha) rights favoring women."

Maryland is suffering from this devious trend as well. Both houses of the legislature passed bills requiring public facilities to provide equivalent restroom facilities for women.

Can you believe that one? Women are paying the same admission price now even though they often spend more than a half-hour waiting in line for the restroom while men do not wait at all. What right does the government have to force developers to spend money and waste space on such a trivial thing?

And what about Carol Moseley Braun defeating the male incumbent in the Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois? If she wins, the percentage of women in the Senate will skyrocket to 3 percent! Women are taking over!

Mr. Vance expressed concern that The Sun may "participate in one-sided prejudiced reporting" that would favor women. I am sure he was comforted to see the March 22 Sunday Sun article "Women find it's a man's world at the State House -- and cope accordingly" share a page with a Hecht's lingerie ad that featured half-dressed women lounging on sofas. It's obviously "a man's world" at The Sun, too.

My only advice for Mr. Vance is to keep monitoring this situation closely. If women continue to succeed in this crusade to trample men's civil rights, he may have no choice but to find a nation where his traditional values are still revered.

I hear Kuwait is now open to foreigners.

Carole Martens


Handy Propaganda

Edward Flatteau's response to Julian Simon, "Easy Money" (Opinion * Commentary, April 3), uses an unsound argument much favored by overpopulation propagandists: the per capita ploy.

According to Mr. Flatteau, "Researchers for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization have documented that per capita crop land has been falling steadily since mid-century."

But the more meaningful data, unmentioned by Mr. Flatteau, are world food production and grain yields per acre.

In almost every single year of the past quarter century, world grain production made new, all-time highs. The only exceptions to this trend were a couple of years of drought coupled with the deliberate curtailment of crop production in the United States and Europe due to overwhelming surpluses on hand.

Grain yields per acre have also set new records nearly every year. The United States, for example, now harvests twice the corn crop it did 25 years ago, utilizing the same or reduced acreage. Of what relevancy then are per capita cropland figures?

Mr. Flatteau's per capita argument is nothing more than a handy propaganda tool to convert superlative food production advances into seeming declines.

Don't count your "Easy Money" too soon, Mr. Flatteau.

James A. Miller


The writer is director of research for the Population Research Institute.

Patient Trust

It is with dismay that I read your editorial of April 4, "Aromatic Bill in Annapolis." The article itself was truly flagrant with inaccuracies.

First, radiation oncologists do not self-refer. The company in question was seeking medical oncologists to invest in their company for their referrals.

Second, the state medical society has taken the position of the American Medical Association that with two exceptions, referral by physicians to facilities that they invest in but do not provide the service, has a possibility of conflict of interest and should not be allowed.

The fact that the Senate bill dealt with specific investment types such as radiation oncology, MRI and CAT scan, does not lessen the intent of the guidelines as set out for the physicians. The medical society does not favor some groups over others; it strongly supports the principles of patient trust and therefore avoidance of business conflicts that could undermine that trust.

Louis C. Breschi, M.D.


The writer is president, Baltimore County Medical Association.

In Ruxton

In these spaces (April 5), Alex Armstrong, writing from Ruxton, lamented that the new light rail has not yet worked out all the logistics vis-avis the light rail schedule, the new ball park and projected use. Because Ruxton rejected an MTA stop, he had to drive to Lutherville for schedule information.

Now that Ruxton has successfully denied access to Paradise by any means other than the internal combustion engine or by foot, residents continue bashing the MTA. Ruxtonian curmudgeons have made their sniping at the light rail a leit motif of their lifestyle -- practically a cottage industry.

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