Richard NixonOnly eight years old in 1963, my first...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 02, 1994

Richard Nixon

Only eight years old in 1963, my first understanding this was a political world came with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. A lifetime interest in politics is due, however, mostly to Richard Nixon.

It was during the time of his administration I came to learn, painfully sometimes, the United States government did not always advance democratic practices abroad, or represent the best interest of its citizens at home. This was not being taught in school. It was a time when the conflict of generations and differences of color commanded new players in the domestic power base. Nixon would recognize the advantage of harnessing the anger at times, resist it at others. It is contradictions which finally, I think, will define him.

He will be remembered as a man who presided over a somber, yet consequential change in American cultural perspective.

By not trusting people, he helped educate an American citizenry to a government deserving of suspicion.

Hugh T. Skelton

Baltimore

Regulations Needed

This is in response to Patricia Meisol's April 5 article suggesting that Maryland hospital regulation has outlived its usefulness.

Our response is: No way.

Since its inception 20 years ago, the AFL-CIO has supported our system because:

It has dramatically reduced costs. Rates in Maryland plummeted from 29 percent above national average to 12 percent below national average.

The uncompensated care provision has kept many inner-city hospitals open and has prevented "patient dumping," which is prevalent in most large cities.

Our hospitals enjoy a waiver from government-set rates for Medicare patients which prevents cost shifting to paying patients.

The Health Service Cost Review Commission enforces efficiency and effectively monitors quality.

Our system provides a great social accomplishment, granting total access to all regardless of ability to pay.

Of course, no system is perfect.

We're soon to open discussions with the hospitals to plug up holes in the system, particularly in the area of hospital-based physicians (pathologists, radiologists, etc.), who are unregulated entities and reap huge profits.

Ernest Crofoot

Annapolis

The writer represents Maryland State & D.C. AFL-CIO.

Historical Justice

. . . John W. Frece, in an April 12 article in the Maryland section headlined "Thurgood Marshall statue to be erected in Annapolis," states boldly that only two Marylanders (Justices Thurgood Marshall and Roger Brooke Taney) have sat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In fact five distinguished Marylanders have served on the high court.

In addition to Justices Taney and Marshall, Thomas Johnson of Frederick County served from 1791 to 1793 and Samuel Chase of Anne Arundel County, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, sat from 1796 to 1811.

In addition, my wife's great, great grandfather, Gabriel DuVal of Prince George's County, served on the court for 25 years, from 1811 to 1836.

H.L. Mencken would not be charitable to Mr. Frece.

The Rev. Philip B. Roulette

Glyndon

Common Sense

On April 17, The Sun carried a story in which "Dr. Geneva Gay, Professor of Education at the University of Washington, who has extensive experience teaching and writing about cultural diversity in schools, said that improving the teaching of varied cultures is a necessity in America these days, not a choice.

"She connects poor grades with the failure of educational programs to recognize people's differences. 'If you want your test scores up, get real busy on multi-ethnic education,' she said."

In that same section, Michael Olesker devoted his column to observations of ". . . kids three years old to upper teens, sitting on front steps, riding bikes, dancing to music audible and not, some with their parents and a lot of them not, all of them hanging out, enjoying the balmy weather, and almost all of this is beautiful to watch, except, . . . it is 10:30 at night."

At the conclusion of his commentary, he observes, "The schools can hire more teachers, aim for smaller class sizes, buy new textbooks, and it won't matter" and, ". . . talk doesn't matter as long as there are parents who won't perform the simple of act of taking their children off the streets when the hour is late . . ."

The conclusion that I draw from the conflicting reasons given for poor test scores is that we need fewer educators and more people with common sense.

As good and wonderful as multi-ethnic education might be, teachers won't be able to teach with children falling asleep during school.

The problem is not the lack of multi-ethnic education but parents who have abdicated their responsibility to their children and shift the blame for their children's failure to the "system."

E. David Silverberg

Towson

A Proposal for Resettlement in Israel

The agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization left the resolution of the more intractable issues for some future date.

The two most difficult issues to be addressed in the future are:

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