Upgrade Eastern Europe's Reactors
Both inadequate safety considerations and under-trained personnel produced the Chernobyl disaster as discussed in James J. Kilpatrick's column, "The Next Chernobyl in the Ex-Soviet Union" (The Sun, July 31).
As time progresses, more facts continue to emerge confirming this disaster was preventable.
As the hazards of burning fossil fuels are realized, it is becoming apparent that alternative energy options must be utilized. The only technological source of energy currently available to the world today capable of meeting our needs is nuclear power.
The problems that face the nuclear industry are manageable. France's retrievable waste storage system as well as the advanced light-water reactors being considered for approval by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission will improve and standardize methods for the future. We all need to support these proposals.
Since 57 reactors of the Chernobyl design are still in operation, another serious accident in the future is a very real probability. Nuclear safety is an essential global subject that can not be reduced to a national problem.
Another catastrophic event involving a negligent nuclear industry will show us all how small the world really is. The impact of another Chernobyl may put insurmountable obstacles in the path of even the most ardent supporters of nuclear power.
The United States must take a leading role in the upgrading of the Eastern Bloc's nuclear industry. Efforts now will save expenses in the future -- a future that will grow only if our nation has the energy to expand at acceptable costs. The reduction of this risk should be the concern of every nuclear nation, not only the Eastern bloc's.
John P. Tyler
The recent indictment of one Baltimore City landlord seems somewhat one-sided. Tenants must have some responsibility.
I know several people that rent on the low end of the scale but somehow manage to dispose of their own trash and keep their places in decent repairs.
It would seem that everyone wants the best housing that they can afford. We all can't afford the very best, but we can keep what we have in decent repair.
I am not suggesting that landlords have no responsibility to their tenants. However, if you drive down most city alleys you can find discarded mattresses, wine bottles and other trash.
I wonder, in all the landlord-bashing, has any tenant been cited for not having the required trash receptacle?
Albert R. Hogarth
The death of a child by child abuse or neglect is always horrifying to adults who care about the rights and well-being of children. Last year in Maryland, there were 39 fatalities of children due to abuse and neglect.
And, in 1986 when Myeshia Jenkins was brutally slain, People Against Child Abuse (PACA) was determined to acknowledge our grief to her father and the public. As executive director of PACA, I appeared on the talk show "People Are Talking" with Michael Jenkins, and I was honored to be in the company of a father who loved his father and cared about other children so much.
When Mr. Jenkins allowed the state to dispense to child advocacy groups his settlement funds in a suit against the Social Services Department, we were not surprised and very grateful that Mr. Jenkins continues to care about all children.
PACA intends to enhance our advocacy for children by setting up a special fund entitled the Myeshia Jenkins Memorial Fund to Assist Abused Children. We honor and praise Mr. Jenkins for helping us create this fund with the $10,000 that we will receive as a designated advocacy organization.
The writer is executive director of People Against Child Abuse, Inc., the Maryland chapter of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse.
Setting It Straight
Michael Olesker either lives a very sheltered life or he is more concerned with the politically correct than with the academically accurate.
There is nothing academically accurate about his statement in the column titled, "The kind of thing that would never happen again" (Aug. 9), where he writes that his father lived in the Bronx "in the late 1930s when mass killing was arriving in Europe and Americans still thought they could watch from the sidelines."
Mass killing was in high gear in the man-made famine in Ukraine of 1932-33. Hannah Arendt relates in "The Origins of Totalitarianism" that Stalin exterminated about 8 million people in Ukraine at this time, a fact that even as journalists and public school social studies specialists are remain oblvious of to this day.
Who can explain the callousness that occurred in 1932-33 and which persists until today?
Care for All