Close learning gapThe United States now produces half the...

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February 04, 1993

Close learning gap

The United States now produces half the Ph.D. engineers and scientists per capita that it did in the early 1970s.

This comes as a result of poor science and math education in most of our high schools.

The new technologies that are entering the office and factory shall require that levels of competence be far above those needed in the past.

Our educators should encourage and prepare more students to be mathematically literate.

We shall need more engineers and scientists in order for America to be able to compete in the coming economic battle with Japan and Europe. To thrive in the 21st century, our essential resources must be overhauled before the year 2000.

If we are determined to close the education gap, we cannot continue to escape the responsibilities of tomorrow by evading them today.

Joseph Lerner

Baltimore

Wage the war on criminals, not on guns

I am writing to take issue with several points in Wiley Hall III's Jan. 10 column, "Losing the war on guns."

First, there is no need for a war on guns. There is a need for a serious and comprehensive war on crime and the use of guns by criminals.

Secondly, Mr. Hall quotes Baltimore City State's Attorney Stuart Simms as complaining that even with strict handgun laws, enforcement is hampered by lack of funding.

Not surprisingly, he goes on to blame the Reagan and Bush administrations but then admits that his own department investigates illegal gun trafficking only as an adjunct to other criminal activity.

The most puzzling quote has to be from Col. Leonard Supenski of the Baltimore County police. Colonel Supenski states, "There is the prevailing myth that all we have to do is lock up the bad guys, and if we lock up the bad guys the millions and millions of guns out there won't hurt us."

I submit that if we lock up all the bad guys indeed the guns won't hurt us. The real myth is that if the bad guys are locked up the guns are going to get up and hold up convenience stores and rob and murder people all by themselves.

The truth is that we need to control criminals and their behavior, not wage war on guns. As Mr. Hall pointed out, it hasn't worked on drugs.

Michael Reid

Bel Air

Insurance twist

Could you define what a year is?

Our insurance company is charging us another $100 deductible because it is a new calendar year. We paid a $100 deductible last September that was supposed to be for a year. My calendar says that's three months, and I feel like I'm being robbed.

The insurance company says to write a letter, which I have done. But it brought little comfort. Is this a new twist on insurance fees?

Patsy Browning

Baltimore

Ban on gays in military should stand

So early in the presidential term, the Clintons are demonstrating their political naivete and vindictiveness.

In a nation which sanctions the murder of its unborn citizens, there is also little happy excitement over implementing gay and lesbian agendas.

The political honeymoon is over, folks, and President Clinton is losing what little credibility he had. It is abundantly clear that United States military forces do not want the ban on gays and lesbians to be lifted.

This proposal is not realistic, ethical or practical and will effectively change the whole discipline and spirit of our armed forces.

Instead of two barracks at a given location, you will need four. Health care costs will multiply, and morale and respect will plummet.

But most military people are afraid to speak up, for fear of reprisals, losing a promotion and jeopardizing their military career.

This campaign promise should never have been made, but of course the Hollywood crowd knows what is best for our country!

The recent Democrat political platform was nothing less than the most ungodly, liberal platform in the history of our nation.

Homosexual and lesbian sexual expression is unlawful, unhealthy and biblically condemned. And such persons are not happy or satisfied. They struggle to live in an unreal world which they have created, suffering despair, uncertainty and alienation.

President Clinton's politics are those of accommodation, compromise and expedience . . .

Thomas H. Mehnert

Annapolis

Family care

I'm writing about the article "Desperate for day care, legal or not" (Jan. 24). The last thing we need in this country is another lawyer. The first thing we need in this country is a family caretaker, to hold our families together. Won't someone please stay home and take care of the kids?

David Heston

Glen Arm

Rides the bus

Katharine W. Rylaarsdam's Jan. 19 letter raises some significant policy issues which the General Assembly may wish to consider.

She also counsels that ''MTA executives should be required to ride the MTA to and from work.''

Let me assure Ms. Rylaarsdam that I ride the MTA to and from work every single day and I use our buses and trains to get around the area to meetings and appointments on a regular basis.

MTA senior managers are required to ride the system and report on the experience, as well.

Ronald J. Hartman

Baltimore

Ronald J. Hartman is administrator/general manager of the Mass Transit Administration.

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