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February 01, 1994

Legal fee cap would financehealth care

The Clinton administration has a health care plan that is explained in 1,364 pages. It adds about 100 new taxpayer-funded bureaucracies to the government payroll.

All activities in our medical care will be regulated by a seven-member executive board that in essence will decide whether we live or die.

The government, not doctors, will decide. That doesn't sound good.

Here is another plan, in fewer words, that will solve two problems instead of just one.

Cap malpractice client fees for lawyers at $100,000, or 10 percent of the settlement. Not only will that clear our overcrowded courts, but the money saved in doctors' insurance premiums ($4 billion) and lawyer-imposed "defensive medicine" ($6 billion) will be more than enough to insure the 6 percent of the population uninsured chronically, not by choice.

Let's keep what we have that's good and put a leash on these lawyers. Socialized medicine is bad medicine.

Richard L. Frank

Cockeysville

Catch-22

Regarding the health care controversy, I find one fact extremely perplexing.

How, in a country where it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their race, color or creed did it become legal to discriminate against people who have health problems?

Because of legal exclusions in health care programs for pre-existing conditions, sick people cannot change jobs or relocate to another state.

They often are discriminated into a life of poverty if they lose their health insurance.

Many chronic health problems, such as arthritis, are much easier to live with in warmer climates (if you can move).

People who are injured doing heavy labor and who cannot return to that type of work are assisted in finding new careers by workmen's comp. But if they have any other health problems they become uninsurable under a new employer's health plan ..

Bradley Beach

Baltimore

Work praised

During the week of Jan. 17, the Baltimore area was confronted with snow, ice and below-zero temperatures.

This presented such challenges to all of as how to get to work; what to do to ensure our children were taken care of; how to deal with driving and how to avoid personal injuries.

Although this was true of just about everyone, it was particularly true in the case of postal workers.

Many streets and sidewalks were impassable and, despite the fact that most businesses were closed, the employees of the Baltimore Performance Cluster, United States Postal Service, showed their dedication and consciousness by continuing to report for work, sort, dispatch and deliver mail efficiently.

Once again, they proved that postal employees can meet and overcome any obstacles placed in their path when it comes to the performance of their duties, which impact everyone in the nation.

Unfortunately, some of our city rural carriers were involved in vehicle accidents or experienced injuries. However, with almost 3,000 carriers within the Performance Cluster, the overwhelming majority of employees were able to avoid any mishaps.

We would personally like to thank each and every one of our employees for their extraordinary efforts and express our appreciation for their contributions to providing the best possible service to the customers we serve.

We express our gratitude to our customers for their patience and understanding during these very trying times.

Your consideration made our job somewhat less difficult and gave us all a sense of accomplishment and pride for being able to achieve our goal of delighting our customers.

Richard W. Rudez

Peter A. Bernard Jr.

Baltimore

The writers are, respectively, district manager and plant manager, Baltimore Performance Cluster.

Eye for an eye

It never ceases to amaze how people like John Thanos can show wanton disregard for others by taking a life and still have their lives defended by people such as Louis P. Boeri (Forum, Jan. 12).

Mr. Boeri apparently interprets the meaning of the word "deterrent" to apply to everyone. Doesn't he realize that death to the perpetrator is absolute deterrence?

A public defender once questioned my definition of the word retribution as it relates to the death penalty and couldn't comprehend the idea of "paying back," "getting even" and "making the penalty fit the crime."

He and people like Mr. Boeri should consider taking each criminal case and resolving it as best the law and the people allow.

For the 265 million inhabitants in this country there will never be a totally equal playing field for justice. There are and must continue to be fair and equal laws.

There is no need to "play God," as suggested by Mr. Boeri. There is simply a need to have the will to punish those who take pleasure in punishing us.

Let's get off the righteous platform and broadcast the resolve to destroy those who have no regard for human life. Only then will those who commit heinous crimes "get it."

Eugene J. Daly Jr.

Baltimore

Gangsta rap demeans community values

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