FalsehoodPresident Bush is totally without foundation in...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 14, 1992

Falsehood

President Bush is totally without foundation in his accusation that the Democrats are responsible for conditions that brought about the riots.

A careful perusal of American history negates this falsehood. Every piece of legislation enacted into law by the Democratic Party to help the poor, the minorities, the underprivileged, etc. was violently opposed by the Republicans.

No Republican president, excluding Abraham Lincoln, and no Republican administration has ever given any consideration to those in need.

Our president owes the American people an apology for this flagrantly false statement.

Norton B. Schwartz

Baltimore

Medical Pioneer

Notice should be taken of the remarkable contributions of Dr. Huntington Williams, the former Baltimore health commissioner who passed away recently at the age of 99.

Dr. Williams was one of the first American public health officials to recognize the critical importance of preventing exposure of young children to lead-based paint.

In the face of concerted opposition by industry and much of government, he insisted upon the need to intervene at the source, by prohibiting the use of lead-based paints in housing.

He advocated an international ban on lead-based paint through the International Labor Organization in the 1920s, but to the great misfortune of subsequent generations of children in Baltimore and elsewhere, the U.S. was pressured by the Lead Industries Association into non-participation.

Nevertheless, Dr. Williams was able to provide a safe haven for Baltimore's children by prohibiting the use of lead-based paint in public housing.

Dr. Williams was one of the pioneers of public health, and his example remains strong in Baltimore. The lead poisoning prevention programs in the city and state are among the best in the country, and they are the best monument to the life and work of this remarkable man.

Much remains to be done to prevent what Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan has called the most significant preventable disease of children. Dr. Williams demonstrated that intervention at the source is the most effective method of prevention. We need his wisdom still to guide us.

Ellen K. Silbergeld

Baltimore

The writer is professor of pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chair of the Maryland State Advisory Council on Lead Poisoning.

Kudos, Chamber

The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which makes a unique and beautiful contribution to the city's musical life, completed its ninth season on May 6, playing in the Kraushaar Auditorium of Goucher College.

Anne Harrigan, founder and superb conductor of this organization, led a program that centered on Mozart's "Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E Flat Major, K. 365." Katherine Jacobson and Kwang-Wu Kim were the pianists. Ms. Jacobson, who had her advanced studies with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory, has played concerts throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Kim, a student and faculty assistant of Mr. Fleisher, appears internationally. Their performance with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra was as fine as any other Mozart playing I can recall. Understandably, soloists and orchestra were vigorously applauded by the usual near-capacity audience that supports the chamber group.

The program opened with a provocative work call "Anamnesis," by the Greek-born Andreas Makris, who lives in Silver Spring and was present to share in the warm applause. The evening ended with Dvorak's richly melodic "Serenade for Strings," persuasively played.

The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra explores the repertoire of works for small orchestra from all periods, with the occasional addition of music for full symphony but not requiring massive effects.

Weldon Wallace

Baltimore

Oliver North

I have to wonder about Oliver North's claim that the media defame our reputations. What do we call someone who sells weapons to a sworn enemy? I've always heard the word "traitor" used.

With Olliemania, many conservatives use terribly flimsy excuses to overlook the fact that Colonel North sold arms to a nation that calls us the "Great Satan." We can't expect everything to be logical. Yet, I'm sure that if the media want to defame him, they'd blow away these Olliemaniacs while just warming up.

Actually, I'm thankful that Colonel North is making his presence known in this election. After the Los Angeles riots, the Democrats have to thread a fine line between explaining and excusing the rioters. By speaking, he gives the Democrats greater room to talk about the root causes that we must cure.

Paul O'Brien

Baltimore

Balanced News

How very refreshing and uplifting to read the May 6 article about the Guyanese girl and those marvelous doctors who gave so freely of time and talents to correct a life or death defect.

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