Why Paranoia?Although I am a Democrat, I consider Barbara...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 23, 1994

Why Paranoia?

Although I am a Democrat, I consider Barbara Bush to be a decent and honorable former first lady.

That a White House usher was fired for speaking with Mrs. Bush on the telephone because the Clintons were concerned these discussions included private matters concerning them clearly proves paranoia is running rampant in today's White House. Why?

Marcia R. Conrad

Pasadena

You and I

Recent commercials against health care reform complain about the supposedly huge bureaucracy that will be set up if the health plan proposed by President Clinton is enacted by Congress.

What a bunch of propaganda! It certainly can be no worse than the bureaucracy we have today.

There are more than 1,500 health insurance companies that have different claim forms and different rules that drive doctors, hospitals and patients crazy.

Then, there are all the different bills a patient receives from the X-ray department, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the laboratory, etc. You have to go through the maze to figure out how much you will have to pay on that hospital bill.

Comprehensive health care reform won't be more complicated than the current system. The ads are just trying to scare people who are already fed up with our messed-up health care system.

I hope people realize that insurance companies are paying for these commercials, and they are just trying to protect the millions of dollars of profit they reap each year from ordinary people like you and me.

Edna Butcher

Baltimore

Reimer's Research

In the words of Cynthia Ordes of Fallston (letter, March 7), Susan Reimer indeed "rides again!"

In that same issue of The Sun, Ms. Reimer's column, "In the midst of boyhood chaos, a prayer of thanks," accurately portrays the behavior of the attention deficit disorder child, and poignantly expresses the progression of a mother's feelings in dealing with him from birth to adulthood.

It is evident that Ms. Reimer took time to research ADD and to interview parents of these special children.

As the mom of an ADD son, I congratulate her for her ability to put facts and feelings on paper.

And so, unlike Ms. Ordes, I look forward to reading Ms. Reimer's col

umn on a regular basis because of her talent for extracting and presenting familiar and often amusing vignettes from my "stereotypical day in the suburbs." Ride on, Susan Reimer!

Janice Hands

Catonsville

Blacks and Slavery

I am writing in response to a letter March 14 by Willis Case Rowe citing four examples of blacks fighting for the Confederate army.

The first example is of a single black in a Confederate uniform who has a Union prisoner on a rope.

The second is of a famous black servant, Bob, who escapes from Pennsylvania to rejoin Jeb Stuart, his master in Virginia.

The third is yet another black servant who found his former master, Maryland Col. Henry Kyd Douglas, in a Northern prison camp.

Finally, the fourth is a drummer for a South Carolina infantry company.

Did the drummer defend the Confederacy by beating Union soldiers over the head with his drum sticks? Did Jeb Stuart sustain victories over Union troops because his famous black servant put an extra special shine on his boots?

Apparently Mr. Rowe doesn't know the difference between a menial servant and professional fighting machine soldiers, such as those in the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union army. These brave black men fought with pride, dignity, devotion and the respect of all who fought with or against them.

Mr. Rowe also states in his letter as for issues of humanity, white slave-owners at least protected black girls from the routine sexual mutilations practiced in black Africa to this very day.

But white slave-owners subjected black girls to the most sexually perverse and degrading acts ever known to mankind as well as his multitude of sexually transmitted diseases. A black slave girl was automatically a sex slave to her white master. . . .

Leroy Bruce

Baltimore

'We Don't Hold Psychiatry in Contempt'

In the weeks following The Sun's publication of our Feb. 13 article criticizing Maryland's becoming the first state to legislatively mandate mental illness coverage at parity with physical illness, The Sun has published one editorial (Feb. 20) and several articles favoring the legislation, an uncritical interview with an organizer of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and several letters attacking positions we hold, positions we don't hold and our motives. . . .

The letters . . . have ranged from outrageous personal attacks and unclever name-calling to sincere engagement of some of the points made in our article.

We should like to set the record straight on some of what we actually said and didn't say (although for the full argument, we urge readers to look at our original piece).

It is not surprising that an article recommending restrictions on .. mandated coverage for treating mental illness and challenging aspects of mental health orthodoxy should have generated such a strong reaction.

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