UpliftingIt was refreshing to read Rabbi Murray Saltzman's...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 16, 1993

Uplifting

It was refreshing to read Rabbi Murray Saltzman's commentary on the visit of Pope John Paul II ("An Enormous Reservoir of Spiritual Energy," Sept. 7).

He expressed so very well the feelings many of us had during that time in Denver. To see the outpouring of young people in search of spiritual guidance was inspiring.

Not once was there any reference in his words about the negative aspects of the church, which so many of the news media harped on at that time.

Thank you, Rabbi Saltzman, for a truly uplifting article.

Ruth Manley

Cockeysville

Epilepsy

It is interesting to see that another new book about epilepsy has been released -- "Seized: Temporal Lobe Epilepsy as a Medical, Historical, and Artistic Phenomenon" by Eve LaPlante, which was recently reviewed in The Baltimore Sun (Aug. 26). Whenever a new book discussing epilepsy is brought to the attention of the public, it is always a good time to educate the public on the facts and myths that surround the disorder.

First, an explanation of what epilepsy is not. Epilepsy is not a mental illness (as the review stated), a disease, contagious or a sign of insanity or low intelligence. Epilepsy affects more than one in 100 people, which is more than 50,000 Marylanders. Most people with epilepsy lead perfectly normal lives. You might never know that a co-worker or a friend has epilepsy.

Having epilepsy means that a person has a neurological condition that makes him or her susceptible to seizures unless he or she takes medication or has another type of treatment. Seizures may look different, but they are all caused by the same thing -- a sudden change in how the cells of the brain send electrical signals to each other.

The Epilepsy Association of Maryland can answer questions on epilepsy and provides services to people with epilepsy, including vocational guidance, family and children services and educational in-service training workshops for interested groups. For more information, call EAM at 828-7700.

ee Ann Kingham

Towson

The writer is executive director, the Epilepsy Association of Maryland, Inc.

Civility Lesson

Gilman School's focus on civility in the school environment, the home and the community is a candle in the darkness. The Sept. 6 article "Gilman School headmaster declares war on incivility" should be mandatory reading for all public and private school students, faculty and administrators.

The Sun is to be commended for headlining this positive story. Arch Montgomery, Gilman's headmaster, is to be commended for his leadership and to be supported in his efforts.

Hopefully, many will see the light.

Clarence T. Bishop

Baltimore

Funny Numbers

One of the statistics that I find interesting on the sports page happens to be in the American and National League standings, and is entitled "Last 10 games." It would appear that there is an error in one of these statistics. Let me explain why.

There are 14 teams in the American League. If you look at each team's record over the last 10 games you will examine 70 games, with 140 outcomes.

Since there is no such thing as a tie in baseball, it follows that the sum of all the wins should equal the sum of all the losses, and these two sums for all 14 teams' last 10 games should both be exactly equal to 70.

If you examine The Sun sports page for Sept. 2, you will find the American League statistics add up to 69 wins and 71 losses. It's been in error for quite some time now.

Each team's won-loss record does equal 10 for the last 10 games, which is a good check. It is possible, however, to miscalculate one team's 10-game record one way or the other and cause the won-loss totals to come out more or less than 70.

The National League also has incorrect statistics showing 71 wins and 69 losses.

Not knowing how you calculate the statistic, I would say don't worry about it if not too many people complain.

But in the age of computers, you could devise a little math edit program that would prevent the error from occurring.

Larry Magner

Baltimore

NAFTA

As The Sun plays its role to inform the debate about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) keep in mind that the projections based on job loss for this country are calculated on a phase-in period of 15 years set forth in the treaty. I mention this only to try to keep in perspective that this country lost 2.5 million manufacturing jobs to Europe and Asia during the 1980s, whereas economists predict that 250,000 jobs will be lost to Mexico during the phase-in period of NAFTA. During the same time period this country is projected to gain 400,000 higher paying jobs as a result of increased trade and commerce. This will promote long-term growth, and increased incomes.

Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri, the House majority leader, will soon begin negotiations with the White House from a strong position to tighten protections for displaced American workers, mostly in old-line manufacturing and metal industries. These negotiations could last as long as four months.

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