Medicine's CrimeThe monstrous radiation experiments...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

January 04, 1994

Medicine's Crime

The monstrous radiation experiments carried out on unsuspecting Americans in the years after World War II were very largely funded by the U.S. government.

It is essential, however, to bear in mind that they were neither concocted nor carried out by the U.S. government.

They were the work of the medical community, including such prestigious institutions as the Harvard Medical School. U.S. medicine has an enormous crime to answer for.

Marco H. Sampson

Baltimore

Silly Party Labels

I am a registered independent, for one reason: I vote for the best candidate, regardless of political party. I also happen to think that this country would be in a lot better shape if more people voted this way.

Moreover, I always thought this was the way you did your election endorsements. Some Democrats, some Republicans, always the best person for the job. So I was surprised to see reporter William Zorzi (Dec. 15) criticize Del. Gerry Brewster for doing the same thing.

I think the fact that Delegate Brewster used to work for former U.S. Sen. Charles Mathias and helps out U.S. Rep. Helen Bentley, both Republicans, even though he is a Democrat, is an asset, not a liability. In fact, I think there are probably a lot of people who would admire that kind of courage.

If the people in Washington and Annapolis would stop letting their silly party labels get in the way of helping people and solving problems, we would get a lot more done.

I'm glad at least Delegate Brewster understands this.

Meghan Schaefer

Baltimore

Correct Population

I am writing to correct a typographical error in my recent letter, "Needle Exchange Sends Wrong Message," that was printed Dec. 28.

I stated that New Haven, Conn. has a population of 130,000 people, but it was printed as 30,000.

Michael M. Gimbel

Towson

Cut Taxes on Rich

Matthew Weinstein writes (letter, Dec. 30) that the income surtax on the rich should be extended, because it isn't even a tax on business.

Assuredly it is, because this tax reduces the ability of Maryland firms to attract scarce entrepreneurial and managerial talent.

One of the factors that drives social advance is the accumulation of human and financial capital.

Perhaps there should be a drastic lowering of taxes on upper income payers, because this class of people has a high propensity to invest.

Joel N. Morse

Baltimore

Unfair Charges about Narcotics Investigation

On Dec. 2, The Sun published an article alleging that this office "halted" the search and seizure of an attorney's residence in 1987. The allegation is false, and I was appalled and offended by the nature and tone of the mean spirited, dishonest and

ill-researched article.

Two reports by the state special prosecutor, Sept. 7 and Dec. 17, have unequivocally concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations by a May 1992 grand jury and that there was no ethical or criminal misconduct by the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore City or any of its personnel.

That grand jury had alleged certain improprieties by this office.

Regrettably, The Sun's coverage of the entire grand jury report fiasco was inaccurate, because it failed to recognize the flawed investigative process of that grand jury. The accurate facts relating to the 1987 incident reveals nothing illegal or unethical.

In February 1987, this office was made aware of an investigation of a suspected drug dealer named Arnold Mitchell. Mitchell was acquainted with, and on occasion resided at 1101 St. Paul St. with an attorney, Georgia Goslee.

Although the principal target of the investigation was Mitchell, police investigation and informant information linked Mitchell to other potential targets, which included Milton Tillman and Anthony Dease.

Dease was the subject of an investigation by the State's Attorney's Office resulting from his indictment for the theft of $80,000 from the city. During the course of the investigation, Dease, through counsel, began guilty plea discussions which included his cooperation with the State's Attorney's Office and the Baltimore City Police Department. Dease's counsel was Georgia Goslee.

Through police investigative work, which included the use of an informant and surveillance, police were able to make an undercover purchase of narcotics from Arnold Mitchell at his place of business.

No surveillance, nor any purchases of narcotics, was made at the 1101 St. Paul St. address. Although I suggested that further investigation be undertaken at that address, no action was taken by the police.

At no time during the course of the investigation, nor ever, did I suggest to anyone, nor advise anyone, that Goslee's residence not be searched.

Indeed, the memorandum, so mockingly referred to by The Sun's reporter in his Dec. 2 article, simply states my position that the connecting evidence was thin and that the detectives should continue their investigation.

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