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June 21, 1994

BCCC program piques interest in sciences

I enjoyed reading Thomas Waldron's recent article, "Programs aim to increase number of black scientists" (June 13), and I applaud the outstanding program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

UMBC is not alone, however, in encouraging an interest in science.

Baltimore City Community College has several programs that reach out to young people in this way.

One of these is our Science is For Everyone project, which provides practical, hands-on experiences in science to city children ages 7 to 12 who have had little exposure to science.

This collaborative program with area churches provides hands-on "discovery" science education to students in a community setting with active parental involvement.

BCCC trains the volunteer teachers, provides materials and coordinates enrichment experiences for the church-run programs.

Our Teach Prep program blends technical training and college preparatory study to prepare high school students for jobs in high-technology fields.

A collaboration between BCCC and Baltimore City Public Schools, Tech Prep provides students a strong foundation for pursuing rewarding careers in fields that hold the keys to the region's economic future. Our Teach Prep program in biotechnology links with Dunbar and Southern high schools.

The young people of Baltimore have the same God-given gifts and talents as the children in any other county in Maryland.

The secret is to provide the opportunity for those talents to blossom.

James D. Tschechtelin


The writer is president of Baltimore City Community College.

Cruel hoax

Shortly after beginning a series of treatments at a local hospital, I received a letter from an insurance company.

Since then, every mail delivery has brought me at least one, and sometimes as many as four bills or statements to add to the collection. The treatments ended two months ago but the flood continues unabated.

Every piece of paper in that, by now, ridiculous stack has driven me closer to the conclusion that any alleged health "reform" bill which includes the perpetuation of the anachronistic health insurance companies is nothing more than a cruel hoax on the American people.

Of this I am now completely and irreversibly convinced.

Joseph J. Post


Good old days

Whatever happened to the good old days when all you had to do when you got sick was call the doctor and he'd come to your house, examine you, prescribe some medicine and pocket the few dollars you paid him then and there?

Or how about the time when all you had to do was walk up the street to the doctor's office, where the same procedure took place?

No health insurance premiums to pay. No national debates about health-care reform. No billions of dollars in health-care taxes to pay. No health insurance buying cooperatives. No national health board to tell you who, what, when, why, where and at what cost.

It was all so simple then. Why did we allow ourselves to be persuaded that the new way was a better way?

Richard T. Seymour


No pity

Children all over the world are being shot to death and starving, yet Baltimore youngsters are unhappy about spending a few uncomfortable extra days in school in less than ideal conditions. Honestly! My supply of sympathy is not that big.

Barbara Brassard


How to fly the Maryland flag

When driving in Maryland over the past few years, we have often noticed the state flag being flown upside down. Why do so many Marylanders fly this flag upside down?

Maryland has one of the most beautiful flags of all the states. If one flies a flag it seems only proper to find out the correct way it should be flown.

For me, the straw that broke the camel's back happened a few days before Memorial Day weekend. We were in Ocean City, and our dismay the state flag was flying upside down at the little park at North Division Street.

We made a point to stop at City Hall to bring this fact to the city manager's office.

The young man and woman in the office were gracious (and somewhat astonished, I think). They said they would report the matter to their superiors.

But the very next week we were in Towson, passing the Veterans' Memorial on York Road, when we again noticed the state flag was upside down. Of all places, this should not have happened there.

The Maryland standard bears the arms of the Calvert and Crossland families. Calvert was the family name of the Lords of Baltimore (the black and gold bars) who founded the state.

Crossland (silver and blood red) was the family name of the mother of the first Lord Baltimore.

When flying the state flag with staff on left, the black and gold sections should be to the top left corner and lower right. The silver and red sections will be to the upper right and lower left.

Perhaps from time to time The Evening Sun might run a picture of the flag to make the public aware of the right way to fly it.

Pauline Roeth


Tobacco tax

As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., will have a critical vote soon on increasing the tobacco tax.

I urge him to support a $2 per pack increase in the federal cigarette excise tax and equal increases in taxes on other tobacco products.

A $2 increase in the tobacco tax will save about 1.9 million lives over time and raise nearly $23 billion per year for health care reform. It is a health tax that will save more lives than any other public health initiative in the country's history.

While the proposal offered by the president to increase taxes by 75 cents would save 900,000 lives, a $2 increase would save a million more. It's not just a matter of nickels and dimes, it's a matter of lives.

While Congress faces votes on health care reform this summer, a vote to increase the tobacco tax by $2 is one of the most important votes Representative Cardin can make.

Julie Hyman


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