No Gun AdsI am pleased to have read in The Sun that your...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 20, 1993

No Gun Ads

I am pleased to have read in The Sun that your newspaper will no longer accept classified advertising for guns and gun shows.

Your newspaper is to be commended for taking such a position in our community.

The proliferation of guns in our society has continued unabated. The current legislation passed by the Maryland legislature dealing with gun-show firearms sales is one small step toward addressing the gun control issue.

Your policy regarding the cessation of classified advertisements for guns and gun shows is a community-minded, public safety position on the matter.

I applaud the newspaper for its pro-active posture against unmonitored firearm proliferation.

James N. Robey

Ellicott City

The writer is Howard County's chief of police.

Safety in Guns

Why any sane person who happens to live in the city (or the suburbs, for that matter) would give up a gun is beyond me.

As long as drugs are illegal, we are going to continue to have violence, no matter how many guns are turned in or even if the government steps in and takes away our right to own guns.

You are asking people to give up the only defense they have because there is no way any police department can single-handedly counter all the crime that exists in our society.

I really think we need to take another look at this gun issue.

Guns are a problem, but they are not the issue. Illegal drugs are the issue.

This period of time can be compared to the Prohibition years, except it is drugs this time instead of alcohol.

The characters are not Al Capone, and others like him, but members of the Colombian cartel, Jamaicans, Pakistanis, Americans and many other people taking part in what has been estimated to be a $30 billion-a-year business, all of it tax-free.

This money could be better spent, if it went to our government to possibly pay for the health care plan. Heaven knows we spend enough money on people who overdose, get AIDS, gunshot wounds, hepatitis and the many other diseases associated with drugs.

I would bet that when there is no money to be made on drugs, much of the violence will stop, just like it did when they legalized alcohol.

Something has to be done. We are losing our young people by the minute. That, to me, is a bigger crime than the drugs.

Jean Walker

Severn

Outdated Reform

The Sun's April 11 article on our new health care "reform" bill is remarkable for its lack of discussion of at least two important items.

First, the delay until 1995 in settling cost guidelines by the new commission will probably invite appreciable increase in costs between now and then -- with physicians and other health care providers positioning themselves for the anticipated negotiations. What legislative safeguards have been established to deal with this obvious problem?

Second, the bill's method of reducing malpractice litigation deserves discussion.

The bill proposes to judge medical actions (or inactions) "only against the care offered by another physician in the same or similar community and with the same or similar training."

The National Library of Medicine has devoted significant resources to bringing up-to-date computerized information to medical practitioners wherever they are -- for very little cost. And the library's efforts have been superb.

A practitioner needs virtually no "computer literacy" to access the information; the one-time cost of equipment is trivial. It is ironic that this reform bill relies on a time-worn excuse for substandard medicine when technology is already in place to raise the current intellectual level of medical practice.

Leonard Frank

Baltimore

Life Line

Jesse Jackson has only one agenda, and you played right into his hands. He wants his name and face in the papers and will do just about anything to get it there.

He talks about a Rainbow Coalition, but there's never an agenda for Asians or Indians -- and yet they are just as much minorities as blacks.

Jackson needs to spend more time just a few blocks away from Camden Yards.

He would see the children who can't get an education and a way out of the ghetto.

He would see the teenage girls with their children and already pregnant again.

He would see the drug dealers creating devastation.

He would see one-parent families waiting for their welfare checks.

He would find four generations of people who have never held a job in their lives.

The problems that Jackson and other black leaders need to concentrate on are school attendance, preventing teen-age pregnancy, young men assuming responsibility for their actions, development of family life and promoting a true work ethic.

Picketing Camden Yards, Yankee Stadium or any other major league ball park is not going to solve the above-mentioned problems. Working with people where they are will go a long way toward long-lasting solutions.

Jackson should get off the picket line and get on the life line.

Leonard A. Gardner

Baltimore

Bergonzi

Thank you for the lovely article on Carlo Bergonzi.

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