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the Forum

April 15, 1993

Kids must be taught sexual responsibility

Teen pregnancy is increasing, and therefore there are many supporters of Baltimore's evolving program with Norplant.

But is it the right choice to resolve the problem of teen-agers' lack of concern for unprotected sex? The major concern is, how safe is Norplant? There have been studies of the implant in Asia, and the side affects on women weren't fortunate. They suffered tremendous overweight, nausea, vomiting, etc. This chemical protection is now being offered to young teen-aged girls, whose bodies already are imbalanced because they're not fully

developed.

There is no argument that teen pregnancy is a problem for society. But Norplant is a desperate choice of getting rid of the problem instead of solving it. Teen-agers are every day bombarded with sex from the media, but are put in a dilemma because teen sex is not accepted by parents, the school system, religious groups, etc.

Young people aren't responsible about sex because they haven't been educated enough. Because of religion and society's moral issues, parents have avoided the question of educating their children to have a relaxed and responsible relationship to sex.

Society needs to loosen up its moral issues because teen-agers are having sex and teen-pregnancy is increasing radically. And if parents don't wish their daughters to have Norplant, they should start educating their children and make sure the school system does, too, so teens can start being responsible about sex.

Ditte Moeller

Ellicott City

Uninformed views

Once again, we federal employees are subjected to adverse comments from someone attempting to speak authoritatively but who is obviously uninformed of the facts (The Forum, March 25).

Not surprisingly, the majority of the private sector is unaware that federal employees have also been taking it on the chin since 1981 in the form of promotional freezes, hiring freezes, reduction-in-force through attrition and restricted cost-of-living raises to the point that federal employees' buying power has fallen substantially behind that of the private sector.

In fact, the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act was passed in 1990 in an attempt to rectify the resulting pay inequity created over the years (and now President Clinton appears to be preparing to tamper with this).

Letter writer Walt Leader alleges that federal employees are always the last to get hit in bad economic times. We have been hit steadily since 1981 and are always pounced on under the guise of deficit reduction with every change in the administration.

As far as his other remark that over 50 percent of workers in the private sector receive no pension when they retire, the implication is that federal employees are getting something for nothing.

Federal employees (those under the civil service retirement system) pay 7 percent of their pay to establish their retirement pension and receive no Social Security benefits upon retirement.

Frank Bowings

Reisterstown

Women with wings

The powers that be -- always men -- object to the thought of women killing somebody in the course of war and therefore will not let women fly in combat. Nonsense!

Flying has been a male-dominated endeavor ever since Icarus, and women have been actively discouraged from participating in it for no apparent reasons. It is not as though it takes great skill or physical effort. In fact, it requires some brains and a whole lot of practice.

Like anything else, some are better at it than others, but all pilots have to be good enough to survive. This is not a sex-linked characteristic, so it is hard to determine the motivation for the male attitude.

I could fill many pages with personal experiences that attest to the fact that men just don't like the idea of women flying, but this one has occurred several times in the course of my helping out the local airport by flying rides: the man (with his two boy kids) reaches the head of the line and sees he's drawn a woman pilot. He flatly refuses to get in the airplane.

Sends the message right along to the next generation.

Emily Johnston

Westminster

No explanation

The disappointment, the bewilderment, the consternation and then the outrage I have felt in my heart must now pass my lips.

A United States congresswoman -- Helen Delich Bentley -- from my area, from my state, from my country, stated her support for the Serbs early in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She said, if I recall correctly, that there were explanations for the Serbian conduct and that she would proudly represent the Serbians here.

As the news of Serbian barbarism has filtered out and been verified, as we have learned of suffering, torture, starvation, bulldozing of villages and religious structures, forced expulsion, death marches, attacks on food relief convoys -- of "ethnic cleansing" not heard of since Adolf Hitler -- she has said nothing.

Nothing. Not one word of regret.

Certainly no word of explanation because there is none.

Robert H. Waldman

Annapolis

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