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October 20, 1993

Littwin's Lewis

Your columnist Mike Littwin has joined those irresponsible journalists who sanctimoniously criticized the 1993 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon (Sept. 3) before it even was broadcast.

Mr. Littwin and those he quotes insult the tens of thousands of people the Muscular Dystrophy Association serves by implying that these adults would allow themselves or their children to be used and exploited in our broadcast.

The view expressed in the column is held by a tiny minority, which managed to muster some 200 demonstrators across the country, compared to hundreds of thousands of volunteers helping MDA over Labor Day weekend, tens of millions who tuned in and those who pledged a record $46 million.

MDA's telethon features many accomplished adults who have disabilities imposed by the neuromuscular diseases in MDA's programs. They discuss their lives candidly and willingly. They understand that the telethon's purpose is not to address a smorgasbord of disability rights issues, but to fight neuromuscular diseases, all of which destroy muscle and many of which drastically shorten lives.

In the interest of fairness, not to mention your obligation to adequately inform your readers, perhaps in the future your newspaper will try to cover all sides of the MDA story instead of just an uninformed view from the outside.

Robert Ross

Tucson, Ariz.

The writer is senior vice president and executive director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Club for Baldwin

Please be advised that, contrary to the implication in your Sept. 28 story ("Arnick chosen for old House seat 7 months after forfeiting judgeship"), Jacqueline Nelson was not representing the Battle Grove Democratic Club at the State Central Committee meeting on Sept. 27.

The 740-member Battle Grove Democratic Club had, in fact, endorsed Thomas Baldwin to fill our state delegate vacancy. Letters of this endorsement were mailed to Sen. Norman Stone and members of the State Central Committee.

Although denied recognition at this time, diligent support of Thomas Baldwin can be expected in the 1994 elections.

William A. Colburn


The writer is president of the Battle Grove Democratic Club of Baltimore County.

Get It Right

That there is need for some health care reform cannot be questioned.

However, it appears that the end result of the Clinton plan would be a technical bureaucratic euthanasia of a segment of the population because "treatment is not cost-effective."

Everyone, regardless of his station in life or age, is entitled to the right to life. This would include extending care when such care might only give another day or week or month of life. This does not mean mechanical life support systems.

That there is waste in the system can and should be addressed. Forms used by insurance companies can easily be standardized, thus creating savings. Perhaps savings can be achieved elsewhere.

On the other hand, this writer believes doctors are getting a bum rap in charging for their services. We do not blink an eye, when sports team participants earn as much in a week as most medical people earn in a year. This is just for playing the game and does not include endorsements or TV commercials. If an athlete fumbles a ball or commits an error, he is not sued by home team fanatics for "malpractice."

Hopefully, just because Congress is dominated by Democrats and we have a Democratic president, our legislative representatives will not blindly follow the leader but seriously look for solutions. It would be better to take time and do the job right than rush it through because the president has set a deadline for enacting "his" program.

Richard L. Lelonek


Cardin's Place

In addition to being replete with internal inconsistencies, your Sept. 29 editorial "Cardin for Governor?" fails to provide a single positive reason that the understandably well-respected congressman should run for governor. Your main reasons seem to be that "fund-raising would be no trouble" and that politics requires risk-taking.

You have correctly described Representative Cardin as ". . . a highly regarded insider on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee with a key role in shaping health care legislation." You have also indicated that "losing Mr. Cardin in Congress would hurt the Maryland delegation's clout in the House . . ." Therefore, to use a cliche, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

The space on your editorial page would be put to much better use by educating your readers as to the excellent qualifications and numerous accomplishments of Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening.

Mr. Glendening is as qualified to be governor as Mr. Cardin is to be a congressman -- and how nice it would be to have such highly qualified people occupying those two very important positions.

Lori Joy Eisner


Parochial Interests

Your Oct. 12 article on transportation funding mentions some interesting numbers.

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