I applaud Neal Peirce's column May 5, "The Ivory Tower and the 'Hood," which shows the University of Pennsylvania's involvement in solving its neighboring urban challenges.
You don't have to travel to West Philadelphia, however, to see hands-on action by universities working with the local community to attack social problems. At the University of Maryland at Baltimore, this is a vital part of our educational experience, service mission and duty as a public institution.
By helping citizens in Baltimore and throughout the state with health care, legal aid and social service concerns, UMAB's students and faculty assist those who need it the most but can afford it the least.
Our professional schools -- medicine, law, nursing, pharmacy, dental and social work -- provide thousands of hours of uncompensated expert care in out-of-classroom settings, as students learn real-life lessons of social responsibility.
UMAB's non-faculty staff take part, too, by volunteering time toward our award-winning partnership with Baltimore City public schools.
Whether it's providing health care for the homeless, helping children stay in school, resolving landlord-tenant disputes for the poor, counseling parents having trouble raising their kids or providing pre-natal care for single mothers-to-be, we take seriously our duty to give something back to the community in which we live. The education experience is devoid without it.
Higher education must be involved in solving the real world problems that surround campus. Our nation's future lies in the balance.
The writer is director of community relations for the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
The May 5 editorial on Doug Riley's position concerning the Towson traffic plan strikes me as being very short-sighted. Rather than being criticized for a change of mind, Doug Riley should be commended.
Mr. Riley is a committed public servant who evaluates his decision very carefully. His record shows that he is responsive to his constituency and willing to listen to all sides.
In the Burke Avenue situation cited by The Sun, Mr. Riley spent an entire weekend along with his two young daughters monitoring the traffic situation at that site. He then was persuaded to change his decision. How many other political leaders would take the time and make the effort to become so involved? Or for that matter, have the courage to go on record with a change of mind?
Again in the Joppa Road and Allegheny Avenue traffic plan, Mr. Riley has shown responsible leadership. He has asked for a six-month trial period for his plan.
In the traffic plan for central Towson, there are many special interest groups clamoring for consideration. Business owners in central Towson are just one of these groups, and they ought to give the new plan a chance to be tested. After all, will their businesses be improved if central Towson is so congested with traffic that consumers are persuaded to shop elsewhere?
I have known Doug Riley for more than eight years. He is a practicing attorney and a dedicated family man. Along with these responsibilities, he has chosen to serve as a Baltimore County councilman. In this position, he has demonstrated strength of character, decisiveness of action and openness to relevant information and alternative viewpoints. Isn't this the type of qualities we need in our political leaders?
Page Windsor Miller
X-rays Not Perfect
I had a mastectomy seven years ago and am deeply concerned about the fact that nowhere in the many articles concerning breast cancer is the fact mentioned that many times the mammograms do not show a cancer -- even when one is present.
This happened to me. I had regular mammograms. I had discovered a "dimple" myself. My physician confirmed it by digital examination; even the day before the operation a mammogram showed nothing.
And it was a large malignancy.
I was then told mammograms fail at least 10 percent of the time. That could add up to many deaths of unsuspecting women.
I believe women should be told that this situation may be so in their case, that they should learn how to examine themselves between regular visits to their doctor, and not to depend entirely on a mammogram.
Marjorie A. Muller
Abortion: Irreverent Reverends
I thought it particularly enlightening to read (The Sun, April 22) the contradictory statements of the Schenck brothers when the Rev. Robert Schenck was arrested in Buffalo during the anti-abortion demonstrations.
Rev. Robert Schenck was arrested for displaying a fetus. The Rev. Paul Schenck said the fetus was the same one used last summer in Wichita, Kan. Robert Schenck shouted from the police bus window, "All that we ask is that she [the fetus] not be destroyed because we have been given custody of her for burial."