Struck in LebanonThe Aug. 14 article by Doug Struck...


August 23, 1994

Struck in Lebanon

The Aug. 14 article by Doug Struck, "Hezbollah replaces PLO in nightmares of the West," is the ultimate in absurdity.

Painting the Hezbollah as the David in a David and Goliath struggle with Israel is irrational and illustrates once again Mr. Struck's biased anti-Israel reporting.

His premise that Israel's invasion of Lebanon to stop the shelling of its northern border was responsible for the creation of the Hezbollah is an absurd over-simplification, contradicted by his subsequent correct assertion that the true goal of the Hezbollah is the destruction of Israel.

This has been the long-standing goal of the radical Muslim fundamentalists, including many current members of the Palestine Liberation Organization, for years and remains the dream of Yasser Arafat.

To characterize the murderers of innocent civilians in Buenos Aires and Israel as freedom fighters is an insult to the intelligence of your readers.

Noah Lightman


Canada Fiasco

Regarding the Aug. 4 letter of Lisa D. Maugans Driver and Steven D. Driver, almost 100 hospitals in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, shut down for three weeks last December in order to meet budgets. Their doctors went unpaid and non-emergency patients were left untreated.

Dr. Walter Bobechko, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon, left his native Canada several years ago to practice in America. ''The saddest thing to see is the diminished expectations of Canadians,'' he said. ''They are settling for Third World medicine and saying 'at least it's free.' ''

Dr. Bobechko said people are in pain who shouldn't be and people are dying who shouldn't die.

I don't believe the Drivers gave up their American citizenship while living in Canada, so they could go to any doctor they wanted. President Clinton's health reform plan also would allow foreign visitors, students, etc., to go to any doctor or hospital they wished.

We may trail in giving away free health care, but the United States produces nearly half of all new drugs. Doctors from

around the world come to our teaching hospitals to stay abreast of the expanding frontiers of medicine.

The U.S. health care system is far from perfect. But the quality of care is the best in the world. The Clintons and their crooners in Washington are telling us to bureaucratize American medicine.

Bill Moore

Hanover, Pa.

Pro-business State

I was dismayed by your Aug. 15 editorial, ''Maryland's Anti-Business Climate,'' which appeared to derive from unsubstantiated statements put out by a North Carolina political action committee.

While there is always more to be done to attract jobs, many state government employees are actively encouraging businesses to enter the Maryland marketplace.

When my licensing staff took over the responsibility for administering the Maryland Mortgage Lender Statute in 1990, there were 864 firms doing business in Maryland. There are now 1879, and the number increases weekly.

These companies create jobs, revenues and increased competition so that mortgage rates remain low.

The Sun's policy of emphasizing the negative when assessing state government should give way to a more balanced, factual presentation. Your readers deserve better.

Alan Thomas Fell


The writer is commissioner of consumer credit for the Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Sexist Joke

I was offended by a joke that was published in your ''Just For Kids'' section Aug. 12. The joke was, ''What are the three quickest ways to spread news?'' The answer: ''telegraph, telephone and tell a girl.''

One would think that no one in the 1990s would not tell a joke that is so sexist. How come the answer was not ''tell a boy''?

It should have been obvious that this was sexist; I am 13 years old and spotted it immediately.

I am living proof that not all girls are ''blabber mouths.'' I was elected honor board president in eighth grade, and this year I am class vice president and honor board representative. The honor board is known for its strict confidentiality.

I am writing this letter because I hope that in today's society jokes like this will no longer be acceptable.

Laura Cohen


Managing News

Members of the Baltimore Police Department in general and myself in particular as the chief spokesman take extreme exception to Rich Hollander's Aug. 19 letter.

The writer accused the Police Department's spokesman of misleading the public and press in the recent double murder in Guilford.

The Police Department has no obligation to reveal or divulge specific channels of investigation in an ongoing homicide case.

The crime scene at first glance did give the appearance or impression that burglary may have been a motive in this case.

However, good homicide detectives learn early in their training that things may not be as they first appear, and detectives by their nature learn to be suspicious about many things.

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