In the name of science, man harms animals
I am deeply concerned about the defects in the Cruelty to Animals Act and the failure to protect laboratory animals from one of the most diabolic forms of suffering. The severe nature of these experiments throws a light on human conduct -- showing the horrifying and unspeakable cruelty that man is prepared to inflict upon creatures of the animal world who love and trust him most.
I also am concerned about the granting of licenses to research workers under the act, in defiance of the "pain clauses," and about the fact that many of the experiments are government funded.
So far as I am concerned, it has never been laid down how many swallows make a summer, and it seems to be equally uncertain how many experiments on conscious, living animals that researchers consider necessary to establish a single physiological fact. Laboratory research is devoid of all justification even from the utilitarian standpoint, not to mention the ethical one.
One is amazed at the amount of energy and patience so misapplied and so barren of results of value to mankind.
It is once more forcibly borne in upon one that cleverness is seldom accompanied by insight and understanding, nor is the brain synonymous with intelligence. As Bernard Shaw once remarked, "Where there is no knowledge, ignorance is called science."
Sheila Waters, M.D.
Dr. Dubel's belief in education
Now that Baltimore County school superintendent Robert Y. Dubel has retired, it is fitting to focus on the accomplishments of this outstanding educator.
The national recognition given to programs developed under his direction attest to the significance of his contribution to education, as do the number of state school laws and regulations he helped write.
Dr. Dubel's vision for the future of the schools, shaped in part by his predecessors, William Sartorius and Joshua Wheeler, was realized through his insistence on long-range planning and his emphasis on continued improvement in student achievement.
His efforts have helped to keep Baltimore County's public schools among the best in the country.
Undergirding all of Bob Dubel's achievements is his firm belief in public education, his conviction that it was the single most potent force in the nation's rise to greatness.
Out of that belief came his commitment to provide for the needs of students in the growing cultural diversity of Baltimore County and to allow that diversity to enrich the schools and, hence, the entire community.
Ave atque vale, Dr. Dubel! May your students at the University of Maryland be inspired by your teachings.
Alice L. Kempner
If I read your "Greetings from the taxman" editorial correctly, after July 1 those who are unfortunate enough to have a fire or flood must also have the added insult of paying a tax to clean up their misfortune.
Only in Maryland would the gutless wonders in the State House and legislature be so pathetic and ridiculous. These are the great minds our tax dollars support?
Marvin E. Edwards
This election year, the American people face difficult choices. No longer can we blindly follow the course set by the current administration; it has failed us. We must acknowledge the need for change -- in the White House and in Congress.
The power of the vote needs to be felt by those who have taken for granted the apathy which has befallen our election process. Apathy is a direct result of the fact that our citizens have lost faith in the system and feel that they can make no difference.
It is imperative we exercise our right in the upcoming election, for we stand at a crossroads. We must unite in order to restore our national pride, regain our strength and meet the challenge of our cities. We must unite to remain free and to live together in peace.
David O. Robeson
Evil of hatred
Far from being asked by Jesse Jackson to apologize for his condemnation of Sister Souljah's hate-filled remarks, Gov. Bill Clinton should be commended for his courage in standing up for the tenets of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his mentor Mahatma Gandhi.
Hannah Arendt, the seminal Jewish thinker, believed that "great evil often emerges gradually, through passivity and a series of even-increasing compromises." Governor Clinton recognized this fact in his criticism of Sister Souljah's extreme racist comments to the Rainbow Coalition.
Ignoring her incendiary exhortation would have made him her accomplice in the emerging evil of violent racist hatred in this country.
M. R. Brown
Pity the poor stranger driving south into Baltimore on the Jones Falls Expressway, heading for Pimlico Race Course.
Just outside the northern city limit is a sign advising exit 10 for Pimlico. But having so exited and reached Northern Parkway at the end of the ramp, our traveler is left guessing whether to turn right or left.
Although the exit ramp is labeled Exits 10A and 10B, the signs at Northern Parkway say only "east" and "west."