Center signals a new directionYour Nov. 26 article...

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December 13, 1993

Center signals a new direction

Your Nov. 26 article, "Hopkins' $130 million gamble," highlighted some of the internal stresses occurring as this internationally renowned institution positions itself to face the impending changes in American medicine.

It is the challenge of these changes that is causing anxiety among our faculty and friends.

However, in all this upheaval generated by the building of the new Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center there is one clear winner -- the patients.

Now the hundreds of Hopkins physicians, nurses and other personnel who work daily in the new, state-of-the-art outpatient building are able to deliver quality care in surroundings friendly to the patient.

The fortuitous decision to locate the ambulatory care building west of Broadway has increased accessibility. The building and its convenient parking are easily accessible from the Jones Falls Expressway. In 1995, the new subway extension will have a station adjacent to the lobby of this building.

Many people do not know of this change in direction at Hopkins. Your article has done much to emphasize this change.

When people see this new outpatient building, they will understand the magnitude of the commitment that Hopkins is now making to outpatient care.

`Thomas T. Provost, M.D.

Baltimore

The writer is chairman of the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology.

Not a close call

I was moved by the Nov. 30 article about an ex-coach who was given a 60-day jail sentence for fondling an 11-year-old boy.

My surprise has nothing to do with whether or not the ex-coach received a jail sentence. But I am surprised by the remarks of the judge, the defense attorney and the prosecutor. These people believed that the fondling was barely criminal behavior. They said: ''It was close as to whether it was a crime." These people must be out of their minds to make such a remark publicly.

To be exact, fondling a minor is a crime, whether the act is done while the minor is clothed or not.

There is no doubt as to whether Ronald Kiewe did touch those children inappropriately; he pleaded guilty to the offenses.

I hope it is time our legal practitioners start to realize that the actual victim of any crime is not the perpetrator but rather the person victimized.

Mr. Kiewe is not the victim, and he should not be made to believe that fondling children is "almost" not a criminal act. It is criminal behavior to fondle children or any adult without his or her consent.

Manley Enoch

Baltimore

Memory lane

Your editorial lamenting the passing of Baltimore walking tour historian Priscilla Miles ("Walks down memory lane," Nov. 19) was kind in mentioning the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland. But you complained of the lack of walking tours in the old Jewish neighborhood of East Baltimore and elsewhere.

For several years the Jewish Historical Society has indeed had walking tours of East Baltimore.

These tours, developed by our former education assistant Roxanne Abrams, actually visit the Hendler Ice Cream factory you mentioned as well as several other locations.

The society also offers bus tours about Baltimore Jewish history. I invite your readers to contact us for more information about them.

ernard Fishman

Baltimore

Use your feet to reduce pollution

An important public forum to discuss development of Maryland's long-range transportation plan will be held Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. in the University Union Chesapeake Room at Towson State University.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is inviting concerned citizens to become part of the plan that will address services and facilities for transportation needs into the next century.

One issue to be discussed will be bicycle and pedestrian planning. It is important that bicycle and pedestrian planning receive emphasis and funding consideration equal to other means of transportation.

Changes in our population, where people live and work, and how Marylanders travel are making bicycle and pedestrian transportation issues very important. Nationally, bicycling and walking account for between 6 and 8 percent of journeys to work, and for a significant proportion of social and recreational trips by people of all ages.

Maryland is no exception to these figures. Yet, less than 1 percent of state transportation funds are spent on independent bicycling and walking facilities.

Planning to spend more on bicycle and pedestrian transportation would benefit us all. Dependence on foreign oil would drop, air pollution would be reduced, and traffic congestion would be cut.

In one year, the average car spews out 62 pounds of carbon dioxide and over 9 pounds of hydrocarbons.

By contrast, biking and walking are nonpolluting. Traffic jams cause hours upon hours of delay and cost our country billions of dollars per year in lost work time, increased fuel consumption and higher insurance premiums. An average commuter can save at least 150 gallons of gas each year by biking or walking.

A more diverse transportation system will help create a safer, cleaner and more prosperous Maryland.

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