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July 26, 1993

Greater effort needed to beat breast cancer

Enough is enough. Those were the last words I heard Sherry Kohlenberg say at the kickoff rally for the National Breast Cancer Coalition's petition-drive for more funding.

Now she is gone. How many more women have to die before the powers that be wake up and realize that there is a serious national epidemic?

Forty-six thousand women will die of this horrible disease, and another 182,000 will hear the awful words, "You have breast cancer." I was one of those women back in December 1991. But I refuse to be one of the 46,000.

What do we need? We need money and lots of it. We need a more diverse group of scientists and doctors involved -- we are not getting closer to a cure and time is of the essence.

We need legislation to allow every woman to have the right to mammograms and medical care, whether she can afford it or not. We need Congress to stop dragging its feet and get this money flowing.

Enough is enough! Do you want your mother, wife, daughter or sister to be afflicted? Your voice needs to be heard -- let your congressperson know how you feel. You can make a difference.

Terry Weiner Kerr


School interests

Over the past year, I have read many articles, editorials and letters to the editor concerning Baltimore County School Superintendent Stuart Berger.

Contrary to what many believe, not all parents are anti-Berger. In fact, there are some of us who believe Dr. Berger to be an extremely intelligent man who has the children's best interests at heart.

True, he is, by his own admission, quick to argue and quick to debate. He also lacks patience with anyone who does not comprehend what to him is crystal clear. These personality traits are the mark of a strong-minded individual, but apparently they have caused many to view him as intellectually arrogant and unapproachable.

That is truly unfortunate, and it is my hope that Dr. Berger will work toward communicating with the general public in a more accessible manner and style.

I believe that if the public understands Dr. Berger's commitment to our children's education they will rally behind his proposed programs.

Then we can move forward together, creating an educational system that prepares all of our children -- from gifted and talented to special needs -- for the future.

Susan Hughes Gray


Toronto boos back

I have always considered the baseball fans in Baltimore to be the epitome of graciousness and hospitality. When the Orioles slumped so badly for so many years, fan loyalty ran high. My respect was profound.

The Orioles were one of my favorite teams in the majors. Gumption, tenacity and bravery were traits demonstrated by players and fans alike. Today, they must be as ashamed as I am at the crude and boorish behavior that so many fans exhibited at the All-Star Game.

Rarely does one hear such unsportsmanlike behavior, except JTC maybe in New York. But you expect it from New York. They treat everyone with disrespect.

This tells me one thing: Americans are sore losers. Booing the Jays was a cheap, petty and small act.

It was bad enough having to listen to Geddy Lee, that Guthrie- esque '60s has-been, crawl through the most horrendous version of "Oh Canada" I've ever heard. But to counterpoint it with James Earl Jones, a choir and fireworks -- why bother singing our national anthem at all? The envy and jealousy were sickening.

In Toronto, we gave all players a fabulous welcome during the 1991 All-Star Game.

And after the many gross insults we Canadians and Toronto Blue Jays had to endure during the World Series, we took it on the chin and didn't respond in kind, even when you hung our flag upside down and your president had to apologize to us.

In days and years past, one rarely heard booing at a Jays game.

I guess those days are over. It is true, the best fans in all of major league baseball are Blue Jays fans, sportsmanlike, polite and, unlike those of most teams, plentiful.

I guess we just do it better in Canada, and we don't need to brag and boast about how good we are, like yahoos south of the border.

We just go out and do it. Those who can, do; those who can't, boo.

Valerie Murray


Inclusion itself isn't the problem

I am writing in response to a letter from Michael L. Sanow (July 5), who stated in part, "Unless we are all ready to sit down with each other and realize that we are part of this community and this society, we may really have the chaos that so many already believe we have."

How can we do that when the school board refuses to answer our questions or give us any real information?

How can we have any type of conversation with a superintendent and school board who refused to acknowledge our existence until they were ordered by the county executive to listen to us?

Do they really believe that if they ignore us long enough we will disappear, when our children's futures are at stake?

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