News that insultsTelevision newscasting has hit a new low...

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July 05, 1994

News that insults

Television newscasting has hit a new low. Who cares whether O.J. cuts his hair for the prosecutor for his trial?

I'd rather not watch television if that is all the newscasters have to report, then make it worse by insulting the public's intelligence spending another hour explaining what happened.

The media has ruined O.J.'s chance at a fair hearing in any court in the country. They have already ruined the case by airing the 911 call. Isn't there anyone in the news industry with any common sense?

I'd rather watch commercials all day than put up with more of this tripe.

Joyce Schlossenberg

Edgewood

American tragedy

The Los Angeles police finally pull over Rodney King. His crime? Failure to stop for the police. The result? He is beaten half to death.

The scene is etched into everyone's mind. This was a terrible incident, to say the least.

I find the treatment of O. J. Simpson equally abhorrent. He is suspected of brutally murdering two people. He leads the police on a 60-mile chase, gun in hand. When he finally stops, what happens? They offer him a glass of orange juice and let him call his mother.

The message here is simple. Money talks. This truly is an American tragedy.

James E. Lorber

Baltimore

Men who abuse

Something horrendous always has to occur to someone famous before much attention is paid to the ordinary person who suffers the same crime or illness.

Now battered women will share the limelight for a brief, shining moment.

Women who are abused -- verbally or physically -- are confused females lost in the misery of what they endure.

Those who fight back often are killed, those who stay because they fear being on their own suffer throughout their lives.

Who are these animals who beat, insult and, yes, hate women? Did they hate their mothers? Do they have violent tempers? Is this the way they show that, ''Me Tarzan -- You Jane''?

I had a gentle, tender, loving father and two brothers the same. I grew up loving men. But men who abuse are not men, they are beasts of the lowest kind no matter what their status in life.

Rae Miller Heneson

Baltimore

Steeds?

The horse head on the helmet can remain, just call the team Baltimore Steeds, instead of the CFL Colts. No money would have to be spent on a new logo.

The name "Colts" can always be restored once the courts rule in Jim Speros' favor.

Laura Lynn

Baltimore

Health care ain't broke, so don't fix it

If we pause for a moment and consider the last 50 years we realize the great strides in health care that have been made in our country.

Our life expectancy is the greatest it has ever been, and as we age our quality of life is enhanced by the marvelous advances that we have seen with our own eyes.

Who would have dreamed, 50 years ago, that by the 1990s doctors would be doing total joint replacements throughout bodies?

Who would have dreamed then that today we would have computed axial tomography (Cat Scans) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?

Who would have dreamed that doctors would be doing heart, lung, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants? Or that surgeons would perform coronary artery bypass grafts, balloon angioplasty or heart valve replacements?

Who would have dreamed in those years when we were still engaged in the agony of World War II that we would see smallpox eradicated, polio become a disease of the past, childhood diseases greatly reduced and giant strides made in the development of wonderful new drugs?

All of these advances, and many more, were made possible because of our system of free enterprise with minimal government control and regulation.

Congress is now considering a government-controlled health care system.

Such a system will curtail many of our freedoms and add considerably to our tax burden.

R. M. McLaughlin

Arnold

Child discipline

The news article June 26 concerning the woman arrested for slapping her son in the face while shopping in the supermarket upset me.

No one likes seeing a child smacked, slapped or verbally abused, but there is no reason for a person to take it upon herself to call the police and report that this child is being abused.

For the police officer to arrest this person and have a bail placed did nothing except make the situation much worse.

As consensus showed for the 18-year-old in Singapore, public opinion holds that certain corporal punishment is warranted.

How many of us, who consider ourselves good parents, have at one time or another slapped our child? I have done so and probably felt worse afterward than my son did.

No one condones physical child abuse, but where do we draw the line in giving complete strangers the right to have a parent arrested just because their way of correcting a child might be different?

It probably was an angry reaction to something this child was doing, and she over-reacted. Now she has a permanent arrest record, the family is under stress to find the money to have her legally represented, they have already cashed in their 401K plan.

Maybe with legal fees and such this child might not have a good home life left. I hope the woman responsible for the arrest can sleep well at night knowing that she took a ''child abuser'' off the street.

As for the policeman, no wonder the public has such a disrespect for officers. If this officer had any good community policing experience, he would have known that to take this woman aside and explain that she should think before she acts would have prevented further outbursts.

Just knowing that a police officer was called because of her actions might have been a good enough deterrent, but we will never know, all we know is that more suffering than a slap on the face will affect that family for many months to come.

Linda Hess

Sykesville

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