Information NeededThe five supervisors of the school food...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 29, 1993

Information Needed

The five supervisors of the school food and nutrition services in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties wrote Aug. 7 to say that their cafeterias do not have problems like those reported as existing in some Baltimore City school cafeterias.

The five went on to write of the "healthy school day nutrition offered by our school meals program."

By their own reckoning, they are doing a fine job. Their words suggest that they try to stay at the cutting edge in their profession.

I am confident, therefore, that they will soon do what more and more restaurants and company cafeterias are doing -- publishing the amount of fat, cholesterol and sodium in the foods they serve our children.

The five supervisors are proud of the "educational service we provide every day to Central Maryland's school children."

Yet, obviously, if they do not provide information about the fat, cholesterol and sodium content, they are omitting an essential part of nutrition education.

Bob Krasnansky

Ellicott City

Learning to Trust

Learning how to trust begins at birth, when the totally helpless infant must rely on the care-giver to meet basic needs. Entering the world experiencing significant neglect or abuse creates major emotional problems that are difficult to reverse.

If the primary care-giver is an active substance abuser, the infant is at great risk for neglect or abuse. Very few facilities in the United States have been successful in reversing the emotional damage done to children who have not learned to trust.

Social services departments, anxious to place children in loving homes and provide counseling, do not seem to understand that these well meaning-adoptive or foster parents are being set up for failure.

It is important to differentiate between the "unattached" child and children who were raised by a loving care-giver during infancy and who subsequently experienced abuse later.

Some very creative and productive individuals experienced abuse during childhood, including such famous authors as Anton Chekhov, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy.

Yet most, if not all, death row inmates also have experienced abuse. It is the difference between learning to trust and being loved during infancy that is so vital.

The situation is not quite that simple, however, because some individuals who have apparently had loving care-givers have violent tendencies and commit crimes. Biochemical factors that affect personality are now being researched and better understood.

It is very important that all involved in the placement of children into adoptive or foster homes understand what an "unattached child" is and that services be provided to these children.

That will make a significant difference in terms of their ability to trust and love before they are placed in loving homes.

Carolyn C. Martin

Monkton

Golf Dates Insensitive to Jews

We are extremely disappointed that the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. has repeated its unintended disrespect to the Jewish members of golf community by holding the Baltimore City Two Ball Tournament on Yom Kippur.

This is the second time in five years that this has occurred.

The excuse that the tournament is held on a specific weekend each year does not explain this unnecessary inconvenience, as numerous nearby weekends present no significant conflict with either the BMGC's or the golf course's schedules.

Further, a call to the office of the BMGC established that the dates of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in 1994 were readily available on their office's desk calendar.

We all believe that this is a completely guileless act of omission. Nonetheless, because it is a recurrent act, it has become negligence.

Although we realize that it will probably be impossible for the BMGC to do the correct thing and change the dates of the 1993 event, we urge in the strongest possible terms to avoid this ongoing, repetitive and completely unnecessary, albeit unintentional disrespect to Jewish participants in the future.

Michael Auerbach

Baltimore

The letter was also signed by four other golfers, most of whom have finished in the top five of this tournament.

Naming the Victim

As the sponsor of the victims' privacy rights bill introduced in the last session of the General Assembly, I was gratified to read Ernie Imhoff's article, "Naming Victims" (opposite editorial page, Aug. 22).

Unfortunately, the article is more a credit to the independence The Baltimore Sun grants Mr. Imhoff and Mr. Imhoff's integrity than any sign of change in policy.

In an effort to reduce the trauma and potential harm to victims of violent crime, I met frequently with editors and media representatives to encourage their adoption of a policy to treat victims of violent crime with the same sensitivity that they presently demonstrate to rape victims and juveniles.

Specifically, I urged them not to report the name or address of a victim of violent crime unless the victim had given permission, was missing or deceased . . .

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