Radical AgendaA spokesperson for the League of Women...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 08, 1994

Radical Agenda

A spokesperson for the League of Women Voters believes that physicians who have taken the Hippocratic Oath and pledged to "first do no harm" should not have a voice in health care reform.

How many members of Hillary Clinton's health task force pledged to do no harm? The league must also feel that mothers concerned for their child's economic future, taxpayers concerned by the national debt and patriots opposed to the Marxist agenda are special interests that should not have a hand in shaping policy.

In the past, a special interest was defined as a group hoping to obtain some personal financial gain at the taxpayers' expense.

This would include bureaucrats hoping to expand big government and enhance their job security. It would include supplicants hoping to get their hands on a new entitlement. It would include big business interests hoping to dump expensive retiree health benefits on the American taxpayer.

It would also include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation, which promote the interests of health maintenance organizations.

All of these groups were well represented on the health care task force.

The league has redefined a special interest as anyone opposed to higher taxes, expanded entitlement spending and Orwellian big government. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Must confess to being a member of a special interest group based on the new definition.

It is time the league supported free-market solutions in health care, like medical IRAs and patient-owned insurance policies.

It is time the League of Women Voters got back on course as a nonpartisan, pro-democracy and pro-fair elections advocate, instead of remaining a mouthpiece for the radical left-wing agenda.

$Nancy L. Centofante, M.D.

Chestertown

Visit to Syria

My recent two-week visit to Syria was an enlightening experience. Friends wondered why my wife and I would venture to "such a troubled and dangerous part of the world."

This was a tour of the country which covered religious and archaeological sites dating back thousands of years B.C. During that period, inhabitants of the area gave us the alphabet, the system of Arabic numerals, methods of irrigation and the first recorded musical notes.

My interest also was to visit my roots and to see the farm which my parents left around 1906 because of the Ottoman occupation. My first cousins still live in the nearby village and on the family farm which borders the Mediterranean Sea.

We left the tour for one day and had a feast of ethnic foods with family and friends. What a thrill it was to see the family farm, the village and the church there. (Christians make up 10-12 percent of Syria's population.)

We found Syria to be self-sufficient in agricultural products. The people were well fed, educated and aware of Western traditions.

The people throughout the country love Americans and wish to be liked by Americans. And, of course, many wish to come to America.

We found that reports presented by the news media in America regarding Syria were quite different from what we observed of daily life of the people in this ancient land.

There was little evidence of military or police presence in our travels, except police directing traffic in large cities.

We saw no poor, no panhandlers or homeless. After visiting a restaurant in a souk late at night, one felt completely safe walking through the dimly lighted alleyways.

We observed no public drunkenness, drug or criminal activity. There was new construction for housing and public buildings under way throughout the country.

Samuel Norman

Woodlawn

Colts Any Other Name

I suggest that the CFL Baltimore team be officially named the Baltimore Ponies (pronounced Colts).

William D. Townsend

Timonium

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Since the Nasty Football League (NFL) won't let us have the name Colts, why not call them the Baltimore Steeds (Colts grown up)?

Joseph Shea

Baltimore

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Why not call the team the Baltimore Horses?

For centuries, the horse has served mankind well with its intelligence, strength and speed, all qualities needed to make a winning team.

More importantly, Baltimore and Maryland are famous for horse breeding and racing, with Pimlico and the Preakness and the great timber races culminating in the Maryland Hunt Cup.

In the golden years of the Colts, we sometimes referred to the team by the synonym, "Horses." It would be very appropriate to call our team the Horses, a name with real significance in this area.

George D. Solter

Baltimore

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O.K., so we're no longer the Colts. Well, hopefully we've grown a little over the past 10 years, grown away a bit from the infamous Irsay move.

Now let's allow the team to grow up, too.

So how does this sound? The Baltimore Steeds.

A "horse" by any other name (or age) would dwell as sweet. (Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare.)

$Virginia H. S. Hoffmaster

Baltimore

Revamping United Way's Campaign

I am writing in response to the June 24 article concerning the Central Maryland United Way's plan to revamp its workplace campaign policies.

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