Gratuitous SwipeIn your May 28 editorial about the 11th...


June 10, 1994

Gratuitous Swipe

In your May 28 editorial about the 11th District state senatorial primary ("Nasty Game of One-upmanship"), you take a gratuitous swipe at Sen. Janice Piccinini out of an apparent determination to present a balanced piece.

Your writer must not have been aware of the meeting that Ms. Piccinini arranged on May 17 to reassure the community that the situation at Rosewood Hospital Center is now under control.

After two serious incidents in 1992 (arson and assault), Ms. Piccinini helped the community call attention to deteriorating safety conditions at Rosewood.

As a result of the efforts of Ms. Piccinini and others, significant improvements have since been made. Her meeting in May was called to report on this progress; and as one observer in the audience, I would say that she was trying to calm fears rather than fanning them.

You might want to check with some of the numerous state administrative personnel in attendance. In the interest of balance, you might also want to share with your readers these officials' impressions of the purpose and tone of the meeting.

itchell Kolkin



I could not leave unchallenged the letter to the editor on May 30 by Thomas G. Garrison regarding the Pulaski incinerator and its owner, Willard Hackerman.

Waste-to-energy is a very prudent and economical part of any solid waste management plan, and both the Pulaski and BRESCO facilities have served the city's and region's waste disposal needs well.

While both landfills and recycling efforts are also an important part of an integrated waste management plan, neither is an acceptable sole alternative.

Landfills carry the risk of ground water contamination and are expensive and difficult to site.

Recycling, while proclaimed to be a savior for our waste disposal needs, is extremely costly at some $200 per ton, nearly three times that of the waste-to-energy alternative.

This city should be ever indebted to Mr. Hackerman for showing his entrepreneurial instincts by taking the risk to construct the Pulaski facility to help alleviate a societal problem -- solid waste. For that, he deserves an appropriate return on his investment.

Further, Mr. Hackerman has displayed his leadership skills and business acumen by guiding the area-based Whiting-Turner +V Contracting Company into one of the nation's most successful construction firms, bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to our economy.

Lastly, Mr. Hackerman has been a uniquely prominent benefactor to the city with millions of dollars of philanthropy, ranging from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Walters Art Gallery to Johns Hopkins University and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, to cite just a very few.

The city of Baltimore should indeed be grateful to Mr. Hackerman and enthusiastically seek his services and counsel. Few men have done more for Baltimore.

Richard E. Hug



The writer is board chairman of Environmental Elements Corp.

Arrogant Attitude

The June 6 editorial, "Stuart Berger's Magnet Muddle," shows that once again your editors have donned their rose-colored glasses for another tinted view of the Baltimore County school superintendent.

And once again they appear to be suffering from a severe case of blurred vision about what really happened at the meeting Dr. Berger had at Parkville Middle School regarding a magnet school for that area.

I was there that afternoon, and I can assure you that Dr. Berger was far from "apologetic" when he told the audience of parents and teachers that he had "pre-decided" to put a magnet #F program at Parkville with or without their blessing. He was, as usual, dogmatic and dictatorial in his approach.

However, the larger issue has little to do with Dr. Berger's arrogant and haughty attitude but quite a lot to do with his flagrant violation of his own policy for initiating magnet programs.

As a teacher who tried to initiate an all-girls' magnet middle school a year ago in this county, I have been told repeatedly by Dr. Berger's hand-picked magnet coordinator, Anita Stockton, that any idea for a proposed magnet school must come from the principal, staff and the community.

As a faculty member I can assure you that no such idea came from the Parkville faculty, staff, parents or community.

The issue in this case is not a public relations problem, as your editors keep suggesting. It is another example of Dr. Berger trying to do what he wants to do without any input from those he was chosen to serve.

orothy Dowling


Women and Priests

The news has been full of the papal statement on women and the priesthood. The Sun had a cartoon depicting a bishop trashing a woman with his hat transformed into a crocodile. Nothing was left but shoes, handbag and bits and pieces.

This was, I suppose, an attempt to show what the Roman Catholic hierarchy thinks it has done with women.

The depiction of the hierarchy as a crocodile is interesting, as we know that the only reason crocodiles attack humans is out of fear.

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