Steinbach GemsCount me among those readers who will sorely...


April 18, 1994

Steinbach Gems

Count me among those readers who will sorely miss Alice Steinbach's columns.

Her wonderful way with words made each column a gem. I especially enjoyed her mastery in mixing ironic humor and the essential verities of life and parenthood.

I look forward to her feature articles.

Jack Meckler


Pound's 'Madness'

With regard to Daniel Mark Epstein's March 27 review of the newly-published letters between Ezra Pound and his publisher/friend James Laughlin of New Directions, I beg to take exception to his statement at the opening of the review (and pursued by inference) that Pound descended into "madness" during World War II.

Certainly Pound was afflicted with a psycho-pathological disorder, regardless of the fact that the "insanity plea" was used to avoid a treason trial.

It was believed by the doctors and psychiatrists in attendance, and the government lawyers (and Pound's own lawyer, Julien Cornell) that Pound was mentally troubled, erratic in attitude (never violent or crazy, as "madness" would imply), but from all accounts never considered "mad."

Indeed, Pound had great reason for his mental disorder leading into World War II, especially considering the fact that he was trapped in Italy and unable to obtain a new passport to return home.

He and his wife were without funds. He had experienced the destruction (artistically and fraternally) of World War I in 1914, when so many creative talents were lost: his friends T. E. Hulme and Gaudier-Brzeska and even Rupert Brooke.

As for his anti-Semitism and political stance against Roosevelt and Churchill, they were certainly not the singular province of Ezra Pound. It was not a politically correct era.

But Pound seems to reap the whirlwind, in that regardless of his recanting his anti-Semitism, and dead since 1972, his human failings are still paraded across his otherwise unique and brilliant accomplishments. His confrere, H. L. Mencken, shares his luck.

That Pound "used" his friend/publisher to his own advantage is an ironic turn of events, considering the relationship between writer and publisher over the past several centuries.

But it is writers such as Pound, Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas and Tennessee Williams who have kept New Directions afloat.

Thomas Cole


Hopkins Doctors

Your April 10 article about the dispute between the Johns Hopkins Health System and Prudential left the mistaken impression that all Johns Hopkins physicians are restricted from treating members of HMOs not owned by Prudential.

In fact, this restriction applies only to physicians employed by the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation, a subsidiary of the Johns Hopkins Health System.

By contrast, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, on behalf of its full-time faculty physicians, has entered into agreements with numerous other insurers.

These university physicians serve as the principal medical staff of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, treating patients at the hospital, the center and non-medical services free-standing sites. They can and do provide care to members of some of the largest managed care organizations in the region . . .

In addition, the full-time faculty of the School of Medicine who are based at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center contract with other HMOs through their physical group, Chesapeake Physicians P.A. and treat patients at Bayview and at many community sites operated or served by the group's physicians.

Michael E. Johns, M.D.


The writer is dean of the medical faculty, vice president for medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

The Best?

"This is not a perfunctory process. It's a serious inquiry into who would be the best person." -- Lloyd N. Cutler, White House counsel [on the nomination of a Supreme Court justice].

Regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or age, Mr. Cutler?

Philip Myers

St. Margarets

Students with Disabilities

The April 7 letter, "Teachers at Risk," contains several inaccurate statements regarding discipline procedures for students with serious emotional disabilities.

As we configure programs for students with disabilities, we recognize that students with serious emotional disturbance often need highly structured programs. Students with serious emotional disturbance most often attend separate special education schools and classes.

In fact, of all students (493) with serious emotional disturbance in Baltimore County, 66 percent are educated in either separate schools or separate programs (Intensity 5 outreach) specializing in educating students with this disability. Another 20 percent of these emotionally disturbed students are educated in separate special education classes.

The 14 percent of the students with serious emotional disturbance who receive services in regular education classrooms for a portion of the day are those students whose individual needs have been determined through an Admission, Review and Dismissal team as warranting such a placement.

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