Nobel for TitoMarshall Tito, retrospectively should be...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 16, 1994

Nobel for Tito

Marshall Tito, retrospectively should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having kept the peace in Yugoslavia (Bosnia) for so many years after World War II.

=1 Certainly no one else has been able to do it.

Joseph Davidson

Columbia

Media on Hubble

The following is an effort to highlight the media's lack of enthusiasm for the recent outstanding success of the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.

Prior to the mission, the media was consumed with the notion of impending failure, forecasting a dark and grim future for NASA following anything short of a total success. During the mission, they were preoccupied with the cost and risks associated with taking on such a complex task, failing to focus on the obvious benefits to science and technology.

Now that this endeavor has been an unequivocal success, media coverage has been almost nonexistent. When asking around about this phenomena, the most interesting response was ''with the earthquakes in California, the media has been preoccupied.''

Make no mistake; if the Hubble mission had been unsuccessful, the media would have found time, and lots of it!

Fundamentally, I believe that the editor of a media organization is entitled to have his or her own thoughts and views; however, the public is entitled to adequate coverage on prominent issues of the day. Due to this preoccupation with doom and gloom sensationalism, the media lost a chance to portray itself as an authoritative source of information. Furthermore, the American public lost a chance to be proud of their country and see evidence of their hard-earned tax dollars being put to good use.

Viewing Hubble's corrected images with my family and colleagues at the Goddard Space Flight Center gave me great pride in our space program and our country's quest to explore the unknown, despite the potential for risk and failure.

This is everyone's success, because we are all beneficiaries of what Hubble has discovered, and the discoveries that await in Hubble's future.

Unfortunately, because of the media's quest disparity in reporting, not everyone will know of humankind's great

inheritance.

Burton J. Squires

Columbia

Great Loss

I am writing to say how sorry I was to read of the impending resignation of Dr. Martha Smith, president of Dundalk Community College.

I was privileged to be at Dundalk Community College, first as the director of financial aid and later as a faculty member in the Paralegal Studies program. I spent 11 years at DCC, a time period that spanned all three DCC presidencies. Prior to coming there, I had worked at four nationally recognized educational institutions. Nowhere in my 20-plus years of experience in higher education have I ever encountered a president who equaled the quality of Marty Smith.

Marty Smith is the most ethical person I have ever met. She cares sincerely about students and the Dundalk community. Her management style allows for personal growth and creativity for all who work at the college. She successfully has guided the college through difficult economic times. Her work in systemically studying what changes the curriculum needs to best serve DCC's students and the community has gained her and the college national recognition. How sad that the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore County community colleges is so short-sighted.

If Marty Smith leaves Dundalk Community College because of the lack of support by the board, the few faculty and staff who fear change and, yes, those people who still can't handle having a woman leader, it will be a great loss to the students of DCC, and to the citizens of Dundalk and Baltimore County.

Judith J. Munaker

Madison, Wis.

Let's Move On

While reading James Bock's Feb. 6 article entitled, ''Local blacks stand by Nation of Islam,'' I was angered by one of the remarks. Roots Baily was quoted as saying, ''Jews have been through hard times, but every chance they get, they let people know about it . . . ''

As a people, we will not forget the horror of the Holocaust nor the history of slavery, but can't we move on with the problems facing us as a nation today and stop looking continually backwards?

Cynthia McKenna

Baltimore

Didn't Stay Home and off the Ice

The Department of Public Works appreciates the spirit of Mary Boser's Feb. 7 letter to the editor, but feels compelled to correct some erroneous perceptions.

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