Good AdviceConsiderable wisdom as well as honesty was...


September 29, 1992

Good Advice

Considerable wisdom as well as honesty was reflected in Dr. Peter Hinderberger's Sept. 16 letter the editor.

In a complex world, parents attribute much knowledge as well as power to their chosen experts and specialists in medicine.

This sometimes sets up expectations that are discouraging to physicians who are at a loss to find the right "cure" for a given problem, despite the large array of pharmaceutical and technological means available to them. They may then turn to the power of relationship by, for example, prescribing antibiotics for a middle-ear infection "because the mother wants something."

To compound the dilemma, the mother will be afraid not to comply with the suggestion (even if she's had no previous success with it) because she feels helpless on her own.

Thus she ends up unknowingly in the same boat as her trusted physician -- in the morass of feeling of inadequacy when there are no standard cures available.

This leads to a cooperative ritual -- such as giving antibiotics, often followed by insertion of tubes which may, in turn, be followed by immediate or long-term complications.

It is encouraging to hear a physician who feels free to choose from an array of non-toxic, low-key means to achieve at least the same but often better effects than conventional medicine does.

Helen Hirschler


Back to City

I agree wholeheartedly with Rene Parent's assessment of Baltimore's charm (Opinion * Commentary, Sept. 16).

This May, my husband and I retired to the city after 25 years of living in Baltimore County. I was born in a row house, love them and am glad to be back, living in a charming one. True, there is no central air, although there is lots of green wallpaper and paint. Crime worries me also.

But there is a cleaner, a movie theater, food stores, video stores, banks and friendly neighbors close at hand.

Why did I leave this charm 25 years ago? I wanted a good public education for my children and it wasn't to be found here.

With my children grown, I am back where I want to be and Rene Parent expressed exactly how I feel about Charm City. It has a special flavor not found in Baltimore County.

Patricia R. Elliott


Support Police

A solid principle of Christian scripture, and thus of life itself, is that of encouraging one another daily. Sincere and consistent encouragement is one of greatest acts that you and I can participate in to help someone through life.

It doesn't make problems go away. It certainly does not do away with the need to sometimes make changes in one's life and/or society. It does, however, help the suffering one to survive another day. It really does help when we know that others support us daily. This principle of daily encouragement is vital not only in the church but also in the world as a whole.

One person that really deserves your encouragement is the law enforcement officer that you see today. Whatever area he or she might work in, whether city, county or state, your encouragement is deserved not only on the budgetary and judicial level but also on a personal level.

Why don't you offer a handshake and a thanks to him or her? A wave, a "Hello"? Why not replace the nearly dead highway tradition of flashing lights to warn of a radar trap ahead with a more positive one? How about a quick flash of the headlights during the day to signal, "Thanks! I appreciate what you are doing for me."

Wouldn't it be great to see every police vehicle (during the day) encounter a constant flow of briefly flashing headlights as they travel the streets and highways of Maryland? Let them know they're appreciated, seen as friends and not enemies, and supported by their neighbors.

I'm sure that they couldn't return all of the flashes and waves but I'm just as sure that they'd like to see how many people are really on their side.

Rev. James W. Gatton


Drug Policies

The recent assault by the liberal- minded media on the so-called war on drugs is not only unfounded, it is downright ludicrous.

If there was no concerted effort to stop the flow of drugs to our streets, the drug-fueled crime wave we have now would have drowned us all. We are being held hostage by the greedy, animalistic purveyors and users of mind-bending garbage, and yet we are being told by the newsies that any effort to control it is useless.

The notion that rehabilitation of addicts can take the place of interdiction is only the dream of bleeding hearts.

Obviously, rehabilitation (not simply recycling) of drug users is beneficial. Yet there can be no help for those who believe they need no help. Unfortunately, very few of those who are hooked on controlled substances are willing to take the cure. Their drug-warped minds don't allow for a great deal of logic.

Until someone finds a lasting and positive way to stop the nation's love affair with drugs, there will be no better way than to at least slow the flow of soul-rotting chemicals.

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