Lawyer BashingBy signed letter of confession last month...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 11, 1993

Lawyer Bashing

By signed letter of confession last month, Dr. Neil Solomon admitted to numerous violations of the Hippocratic Oath, including unethical conduct with female patients.

Let it be remembered that when he was sued by some of his women victims, the first statement he made to the public intimated that the lawsuit was a lie and a fraud and that this case was merely lawyers trying for a "windfall" of money. This doctor, as well as many of his former colleagues, blames lawyers for their financial problems.

Let it also be remembered that without lawyers the case would never have been filed in court; Dr. Solomon's wrongs would have remained hidden.

The legal profession still remains as the only effective check on the wrongs and negligence of the wrongdoers and sloppy practitioners in the medical profession.

David Judd

Baltimore

Good Lawyers

I am writing in response to the column of Eleanor Carey, a candidate for attorney general, which appeared in The Sun on Oct. 26.

I served in the attorney general's office for four years, including years during which Ms. Carey was a deputy attorney general. I worked with Ms. Carey there.

I was surprised and disappointed by Ms. Carey's suggestion that the 240 assistants who serve in the attorney general's office are failing "to make sure their agency clients are performing their missions within [the] law."

Ms. Carey played an instrumental role in hiring many of the same lawyers she now criticizes and should know that this broad charge is unfair and untrue.

The lawyers in the attorney general's office are hard-working and dedicated. They represent the people of Maryland with extraordinary skill in hundreds of complex legal matters each year.

Many of the lawyers could easily reap greater income in the private sector but instead have decided to use their talents to serve the public.

Ms. Carey has announced her candidacy for attorney general. Unfortunately exaggeration, mis-characterization and false accusation are the norm in politics these days.

But politics notwithstanding, I think it unfair to impugn the competence and professionalism of the attorney general's staff for political gain, particularly when many of those lawyers served with Ms. Carey.

By attacking the 240 state lawyers who work hard to serve us all, Ms. Carey diminishes the stature and quality of the high office she seeks.

Peter E. Keith

Baltimore

True Colors

Orisha Kammefa's Oct. 29 letter prompts me to ask where the etymological paranoia and word-craziness of some civil rights activists will end?

Ms. Kammefa objects to commonly used words -- blackmail, black hats, etc. -- which she perceives as insulting to blacks.

May I remind Ms. Kammefa that the African-American community itself is responsible for choosing the word "black" to indicate people of color.

I have never seen a "black" person; I have seen brown, beige and gold people, but there are very few truly "black" people.

However, since African-Americans object to the adjectives "colored" and "Negro" for no apparent reason other than usage, it seems that this is a discrimination created by themselves.

My personal preference is for "colored" because brown, beige and gold are true "colors" -- and beautiful ones.

A. S. Gray

Baltimore

Towson State Art

It seems that John Dorsey has confused his role as an art critic with that of a reviewer of educational programs when he vTC states (Oct. 28), "Were I a parent whose child was thinking of studying art, after seeing the current faculty exhibition at Towson State University I'd certainly hope he'd go somewhere else."

That he found little to admire in the work exhibited is an opinion to which he is entitled. He was also correct when he suggested that the work exhibited by faculty should be considered when selecting an educational institution. However, Mr. Dorsey used this singular piece of opinion-based information to evaluate an entire art program.

Assuming that Mr. Dorsey's behavior was a result of ignorance rather than malice, it might be beneficial if he were more informed about educational program review.

Typically, when an academic institution seeks to evaluate its performance, it invites an accrediting team composed of trained professional educators.

They spend several days on campus reviewing curriculum, interviewing faculty and students and surveying all resources available. Several months are then spent evaluating the data collected.

It is apparent, therefore, that at best Mr. Dorsey's article was irresponsible. His "review" of our art program was a disservice to the faculty, art students and nationally recognized art alumni of Towson State University.

Daniel Brown

Towson

The writer chairs the art department at Towson State University.

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