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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 16, 1993

Come to Mexico

I just read an unfair article about Mexico by Ginger Thompson (March 21), and I was disappointed, not as much for what she says but for what she does not say.

If I were an entrepreneur from the United States reading the article, I would think that coming to Mexico for business would be the last thing I would do, and that is not so.

Even though it is true that several plants have shut down, it is also true that many, many more are operating successfully here.

One clear example is our plant. We ship all over the world -- and I am certain that we would not have reached the enviable position we have in the market without our plant in Mexico.

As a Mexican, if not by birth but by heart, I do not care for those entrepreneurs who come here just to obtain easy money. I care for those who, with a sense of their important role in the society, come to Mexico to be successful and share their success with the people who work for them.

Juana Ma. R. de Orozco

Juarez, Mexico

Bollinger Rules

This to to thank Roger Simon for his April 26 column pointing out Judge Thomas Bollinger's recent additions to the list of rules that every women must carry around with her at all times to avoid being held responsible for rape.

They are: 1(never drink;2) never go to a male's home; and 3) never act friendly with a male unless you are willing to have sex with him.

These are added to the ones we already knew about; never go out alone; never go out at night; never wear "provocative" clothing; always wear under wear; never go to a bar; never flirt; never sleep with your window open at night.

And the judge has given men some helpful pointers, too: It's not rape if she's drunk, and it's not rape if she's in your bed.

Barbara H. Vann

Baltimore

Alternative Healing

Holly Selby's May 10 article, "Doctor urges study of alternative healing," is commendable for the coverage it gives to the excellent and timely work being done by Dr. Joseph Jacobs and the National Institutes of Health in the newly established Office of Alternative Medicine.

However, she seems to have missed the significance of what is happening at our own doorstep here in Baltimore.

Two years ago, the University of Maryland Medical School took up the challenge and recognized non-traditional healing practices as legitimate topics for study. Here in Baltimore, we have the first university medical center in the country to initiate a project aiming to research complementary medical practices through clinical use, clinical and basic science research and education.

We received a $1 million grant from a private benefactor that was matched by $1 million from the university medical school to investigate "less well accepted and explored forms of healing and treatment."

We are now using techniques such as acupuncture, homeopathy and biofeedback side by side with conventional forms of medicine in the university's Maryland Pain Center.

We also have in progress two clinical trials in acupuncture. Protocols for other studies are being developed. We are putting on such conferences on research and application of acupuncture, which was held earlier this month in conjunction with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.

We aim to begin to establish the efficacy and scientific foundation of various complementary forms of healing. It is hoped this can lead to a more integrated approach to health care that will be to the greater benefit of our patients.

Brian M. Berman, M.D.

Baltimore

The writer is director of Laing/University of Maryland project for the integration of orthodox and complementary medicine.

Rough Justice

I was surprised by The Sun's denouncement (editorial, May 4) of Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr.'s sentencing of Pamela Snowhite Davis following her conviction for possession of marijuana.

The implication was that Judge Beck used his power and authority to unfairly sentence Ms. Davis because of her political opinion favoring the legalization of marijuana, an opinion with which Judge Beck apparently disagrees.

However, in another recent editorial The Sun recommends the consideration of politicians for appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

Since such consideration would seem to disregard a requirement for training and experience in constitutional law or judging, what purpose would such a justice serve other than to advance political agendas?

The Sun specifically mentions Senators Joseph Biden and Paul Sarbanes as examples of politicians worthy of consideration.

I'm sure The Sun could support opinions rendered from the Supreme Court bench by either of these gentlemen.

But what if the next appointee was Senator Jesse Helms?

We live in a constitutional democracy where laws are made by elected legislators. Although it doesn't always work perfectly, perhaps a system in which a judge interprets laws based on the intent of the legislative bodies that wrote them, rather than on the judge's personal political or moral persuasion, is not such a bad idea after all.

William A. Eades

Timonium

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