Medical ResearchWe ought to be worried if an experienced...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 23, 1994

Medical Research

We ought to be worried if an experienced legislator like the speaker of the House of Delegates believes that "the whole name of the [health care] game is universal access and cost containment," because that misstates a complex problem with life and death consequences.

It suggests that we need not focus attention on providing the research necessary to develop significantly improved medical care for the future.

Many people cannot remember medicine before antibiotics and are unaware that medical research overpowered diseases which less than 45 years ago routinely killed and disabled large parts of our society.

These developments, which we now expect as essential basic care, were not inexpensive, but we have recovered the costs many times over.

Today, as we contemplate health care reform, we read of astonishing new discoveries equivalent to the discovery of antibiotics.

Newly developing genetic and cellular medicine will enable doctors to treat and cure diseases which are presently incurable.

We can reasonably expect research to continue to revolutionize medical care, if we will fund it, but if we exclude research from the health care issues, we may create a system which flawlessly and "universally" conveys inadequate care.

Luke Marbury

Baltimore

L The writer is president of the Immune Deficiency Foundation.

Sun Shone Through

We applaud David Simon's excellent investigative reporting in his series, "Crisis in Blue" (Feb. 6-9). Since we can get fluff on television, we look to the prime media for serious journalism. We hope The Sun will continue in this vein.

As well, kudos to our newsman Joseph Paine for faithful delivery of The Sun to our rural and very icy roads. Mr. Paine's commitment to his customers (really, beyond the call of duty) made it possible for us not to miss a day of Mr. Simon's series.

Marilynn J. Phillips

Robert B. Winans

Hampstead

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Ah, sweet memories. I thoroughly enjoyed your front page article on Marylanders' travails during the January ice capades.

Even though I was able to get out every day and go to work, there was an underlying psychological element that mimicked the feelings of cabin fever.

Receiving The Sun every day, ice, sleet, snow, rain, and shine, somehow provided a much needed degree of normalcy and routine during these stressful times. My Sun carrier, Patrick Hoppa, didn't miss a day.

Thanks are in order. Distributors like Mr. Hoppa are the best marketers The Sun can have.

Barb Wilson

Parkville

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We reside in the beautiful hill country of York County, Pennsylvania. The recent snow, rain and ice have closed many of the private roads in our development to most travel.

Fuel and bottled gas deliveries have been delayed. Mail service has been curtailed. But we have not missed one issue of our

morning Sun.

If this were not enough for which to be thankful, imagine our surprise when we received a telephone call from our distributor, Mark W. Fischer (First Capital News Agency, York, Pa.) offering to pick up any urgently needed supplies for us and our neighbors and deliver them along with our Sun.

We feel this to be far beyond the call of good service, and wish to say so.

Such kindnesses, no doubt multiplied during periods of hardship, may not be considered newsworthy. Yet at a time when so much of our news is grim, these kindnesses are heart-warming, and we believe they should be noted.

Eugene R. Ackerman

Janice B. Ackerman

Delta, Pa.

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Sun delivery people are to be commended for their performance these past weeks. "Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet . . ." stopped them from their appointed rounds during this winter of my discontent.

What a shame that the Postal Service was not as accommodating.

Not once has my morning paper been missing from my front lawn, in spite of the fact that I was unable to find my front lawn.

I am aware that walking the route would have been hazardous. Perhaps the Postal Service should have availed themselves of yellow plastic bags, and just thrown the bags from a moving vehicle.

Anything would be better than nothing.

Lucille Sachs

Baltimore

Belittling Women

To the media: Please give us a break! Stop trying to turn the Harding/Kerrigan story into a stereotypical cat fight between women. It is belittling.

Why do you keep following them around? Are you waiting for them to break down under pressure or to lash out at each other in a scratch fight?

Do you still believe that the professional lives of women are guided by their emotions (and hypothetical lack of control over them)? I can't help but to wonder if two male competitors under a similar situation would have received similar coverage.

Fortunately, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding have behaved like true Olympians, proving that their dedication to their work and professional integrity stand above their own personal adversity.

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