Hollinger's RecordI read Bruce Bortz's Oct. 20 column...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 03, 1993

Hollinger's Record

I read Bruce Bortz's Oct. 20 column concerning Sen. Paula Hollinger first with amusement and then with increasing anger.

I certainly couldn't recognize the senator that I have worked with, the individual who is the outstanding authority on health-related issues in the Maryland General Assembly.

Mr. Bortz is right that the senator has staked out a prominent position on health care issues, but completely wrong that she has merely achieved "some" success.

Under the leadership of Senator Hollinger, legislation was passed to expand the prescription-writing privileges of nurse practitioners, thereby increasing their ability to care for patients.

Senator Hollinger successfully sponsored the Health Care Decision Act, which revised living wills and the durable power of attorney.

Senator Hollinger was a co-sponger on H.B. 162, legislation guaranteeing Marylanders the right to choose, and a sponsor of a bill which prohibits physicians from self-referring patients to laboratories in which they have a financial interest, and of course the senator has been a leader in AIDS legislation, crafting policies which promote public health and care for people living with AIDS.

Mr. Bortz may not like Senator Hollinger, and he can editorialize as he wishes, but he should at least acknowledge the facts.

Liza Solomon

Baltimore

Prejudices

Once again, The Sun was able to prejudice an article within the first two paragraphs of "Pure and Proud" (Oct. 24).

What I found to be a very interesting and informative article regarding a trend toward teenage abstinence started with comments referring to "militant virgins" and "in-your-face abstainers of the 1990s."

Why must you start in such a negative manner on a topic that really is very encouraging?

Theresa Meisenbacher

Ellicott City

No Help for Gays

If I had not been so saddened, I would have been angry with Marty Hylbom's letter to the editor (Oct. 26) addressing the possibility of "change" for the homosexual.

I agree with Mr. Hylbom about the inaccuracy of the article as related to the ability of people to change; they can't. He mentions area groups that help "these gay and lesbian strugglers".

I find it hard to believe that they ever help anyone who actually is gay. On several occasions, I have requested information from the Baltimore-based group to legitimize their claims; I have been denied.

I am hard pressed to find credible data from any of these groups regarding effectiveness. I can only speak as one who was involved in the Baltimore "ministry." Many of us who are gay have gone through these programs only to be able to solidly affirm our gay/lesbian sexual orientation.

There is no such thing as "ex-gay," only deeply repressed. Through my experience, I have seen that many people who affiliate themselves with these programs are looking for acceptance from the church and society; they are full of internalized homophobia and have low self-esteem.

While their conflict seems quite real, it is the oppression fostered by ultraconservative views, not the fact of being homosexual, that is the true problem.

Recognition of these groups only further promotes spiritual, psychological and social violence against lesbians and gay men.

Cheryl A. Johnson

Baltimore

Classy Jail

I was greatly disturbed when I read that the U.S. government will spend about $12,000 to build a two-room jail suite for Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman.

All that he needs is a bed, sink and toilet like all other prisoners. Why should the American public spend money to build him a suite so he can have his "own shower and a conference room?"

The Muslim cleric has been accused of masterminding many terrorist activities worldwide, including the February bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Perhaps the needs of the families of the six people who were killed and over 1,000 persons who were injured in this disaster should be addressed rather than the comforts of the cleric. Plus unknown expenses in lost revenues, cost of investigating the calamity, etc.

Philip Binder

Glen Burnie

3 for Capital Punishment

At least twice in the Oct. 27 edition, capital punishment in general and the execution of John Thanos in particular are condemned as uncivilized.

You scornfully remind us that the United States is virtually alone among Western democracies in using capital punishment (too infrequently). Frankly, I think that means we are more practical and realistic than our cousins.

The bleeding hearts and limousine liberals are confused: The power of capital punishment as a deterrent applies to the scum being executed and is most certainly effective. Once dead, Thanos will not kill again; nor will Ted Bundy.

Capital punishment is just that: punishment. Revenge might be a motive for the families of the victims of these lawbreakers, but not for society. Let the punishment fit the crime.

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