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March 17, 1993

Control over Shock-Trauma should shift

The March 10 editorial in The Evening Sun contained significant inaccuracies.

It is not the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical care that needs fixing, as you state. For many years this service has been very successfully delivered by both volunteer and career providers, whose units have been operated and paid for locally, as are all fire and rescue services.

Individual providers are trained and certified by agencies of the state, First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians-Ambulance by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services. Cardiac Rescue Technicians and Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic (a U.S. Department of Transportation designed standard) are examined and certified by the Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance, which is also responsible for the certification of all medical doctors in Maryland.

Indeed, it is the University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Maryland at Baltimore and their minions who have sought to subvert this internationally acclaimed system to satisfy their own financial aspirations.

We support HB1222 and SB686, with the amendments proposed by the Maryland State Fire and Emergency Services Coalition. These amendments will remove the Emergency Medical Service, including the R Adams Cowley Shock-Trauma Center, from the direct control of UMMS and UMAB, but would not preclude a fair contractual relationship, similar to many others UMMS currently has, such as with other hospitals and institutions.

Enactment of the bills before the legislature, but only with these amendments, is urgently needed. Your editorial position renders the citizens of Maryland a material disservice, and is a gratuitous insult to the many dedicated men and women, both career and volunteer, who give their time, talent and sometimes even their health and lives in the service of those citizens.

Rosemary S. Chapman


The writer is president of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association.

Racial slur

Oriole President Larry Lucchino and Assistant General Manager Frank Robinson blasted Marge Schott for making racist remarks.

Yet when Fred Ulman, Oriole scout, made derogatory comments about Latin players, who was the first to defend him? None other then Lucchino and Robinson. Talk about being a hypocrite!

There is no defense for making repugnant remarks about others' race. Mr. Ulman must be disciplined. A shrug of the shoulders is not enough.

John C. Zaruba


Long enough


Rep. Pete Stark, chairman of the House health subcommittee, says, "We've waited since 1965 to expand federal health programs, a year or two more won't make any difference."

Try telling this to the thousands of U.S. citizens who are losing their life savings and their homes to inflated medical costs.

I speak for all the uninsured people in America when I say to Representative Stark: Walk a mile in our shoes. We have waited long enough.

Elmer G. Poe


Squirming officials

Isn't it amusing to watch Mayor Kurt Schmoke, State's Attorney Stuart Simms and Police Commissioner Edward Woods squirm after being dressed down in the report by the special grand jury? It is especially amusing to watch them denouncing the grand jury as amateurish.

This is not the case. None of the three has any use for the factual findings of this grand jury because it doesn't serve to advance their careers.

The grand jury report proves to the public that these men and the offices they represent are not doing what they were appointed to do. It speaks ever so loudly the truth, especially when it isn't an election year.

Kelly Miller


Insane electorate

I was very happy when the nauseating election campaign came to an end. All the real and substantive issues were carefully suppressed; only trivia got air play.

After only a month in office, we have definite proof that the vast majority of Americans were totally insane in electing Clinton president. So for better or worse, America has a baby-booming, saxophone-honking Democrat in the Oval Office.

Ralph Ruark


City leaders must lower car insurance rates

Auto insurance rates have been outpacing inflation for some 20 years, and for 20 years state after state and city after city has tried to get its rates lowered. For some 20 years, nothing has succeeded through legislation or the courts.

Rather than repeat ad infinitum efforts which have universally failed in the past, the City Wide Insurance Coalition (CWIC) offers an entirely new tack -- the creation of a non-profit, policy-holder controlled co-op which will sell insurance throughout the state, at cost.

Both the $52,000 feasibility study and Mayor Kurt Schmoke's own commission acknowledged that our plan could work -- and save an average of $275 per car the very first year for Baltimore drivers.

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