Exotic PatagoniaAfter reading a very well-written article...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 01, 1992

Exotic Patagonia

After reading a very well-written article, "At the Edge of the World" (Aug. 16), I was very pleased that you decided to explore such an incredible and exotic part of the world like the Patagonia.

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and have traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Argentina and Chile are two beautiful countries that are rarely written about or visited by the vast majority of world travelers. This could be due to many reasons such as high inflation as well as political instability.

I draw your attention to the translation of the southern-most part of the continent in Argentina called Tierra del Fuego.

Lisa Beebe, the author of the article, translated these words as meaning "land of smoke." I could be mistaken, but from my own understanding of the Spanish language, I am inclined to believe that the correct translation is "land of fire." (The Spanish word for smoke is "humo.")

I greatly enjoy reading The Sun and hope to see other articles concerning Latin America, especially Argentina.

Alejo Rodriguez-Rozic

Timonium

Pet Birth Control

In the field of animal activism, the overpopulation of companion animals and resultant euthanasia is an emotional issue. Nowhere in the latest example of the outcry are the real culprits being addressed; those who allow their pets to breed indiscriminately.

The Defenders of Animal Rights has done a gallant job in attempting to do the impossible, that is, to find a home for every homeless, abandoned and stray animal.

If DAR has erred, it is in that attempt, which in turn leads the disillusioned to strike not at the perpetrators but at the animal shelter instead.

We honestly don't think the public needs another example of misdirected anguish, which only hurts the animals and the shelters that serve them.

If the protesters would like, we invite them to our shelter on the Charles Town Road in Martinsburg, W.Va. They can assemble the placards, their walking shoes and good intentions.

Then we all -- shelter board included -- can canvas every neighborhood in town and get the word out: Overpopulation kills.

It's time to address the message and not the messenger. There are too many animals for too few homes. Redressing that wrong is not served by attacking any animal shelter.

The Defenders of Animal Rights has in our view done an extraordinarily good job in an area where few can claim legitimate success. We've watched them over the years inch their way from a small bunch of animal lovers into a state-of-the-art facility.

Their reward should be a grateful public, not public condemnation by few. It doesn't serve the shelter well, nor the animals they seek to serve.

Thomas H. Kiefer

Thomas J. Myers

Martinsburg, W. Va.

The writers are president and secretary of the Berkeley County (W. Va.) Humane Society.

New Low

In its Aug. 6 edition, The Sun and KAL, its political cartoonist, sank to a disgusting new low. The depiction of the president of the United States asleep in a bed sinking in a sea of excrement was in exquisite and inexcusable bad taste.

It demonstrates how far The Sun and so much of the press have stooped in the viciously one-sided attacks on the president. If it weren't for columnist James Kilpatrick and the Orioles, I would quickly cancel my subscription.

I'm disgusted.

John S. Lalley

Baltimore

Sun Errors

Leonard Jacobson's complaint about The Sun's carelessness in printing is but the tip of the iceberg.

In one week, I have made note of over a dozen such errors and that's what I just happened to see.

Take this: ''too rapid-rolling to be really late in a long day,'' referring to a Clinton speech on Aug. 23. What does that mean?

Or this: ''. . . a fact that even as journalists and public school social studies are remain oblivious to this day'' (huh?) on Aug. 23. And ''10,000 supporters holding red, white and balloons and banners'' (Aug. 23) or ''one count of subornation'' (Aug. 23).

But the best one is the editorial on Aug. 21: ''. . . the numbers suggest that some morays have not changed.'' Ye gods, we're not talking eels here.

I remember when The Sun was rated among the top three newspapers in the country.

I think a good, old-fashioned proofreader should replace your word processor.

J. G. Beck

Columbia

Making Difficult Health Care Choices

A response is required to your editorial, "Costly Delay in Annapolis," (Aug. 14), in which you equate a decision by the committee which we chair to "swallowing the litany of drug manufacturers." . . .

The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review . . . is charged with the review of each and every regulation promulgated by the many agencies of state government. It is a largely thankless, but nonetheless important task. . . .

A perfect example of this role is the review of regulations from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that would restrict the coverage of drugs under two state-funded health care programs to drugs manufacturered by companies that provide certain rebates to the state.

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