Poor RecordPeter A. Jay's illogical Aug. 21 column...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 01, 1994

Poor Record

Peter A. Jay's illogical Aug. 21 column notwithstanding, a vote for a Republican candidate for governor this year should not be construed in any way as an act of environmentalism.

Mr. Jay's credentials as a protector of the earth simply do not automatically credential his attack on fellow columnist Tom Horton's previous well-reasoned analysis of gubernatorial candidates.

Mr. Jay offers no facts -- because indeed there are none -- that would substantiate any claim to serious environmentalism by any of the potential Republican nominees.

The fact that Mr. Jay is a thoughtful and attentive steward of his hundred acres does not mean that his chosen candidate would maintain the same sensitivity.

As Mr. Horton pointed out in his column, the voting records of the two Republicans that have them belie any claim to environmentalism.

So, like Mr. Horton, I too feel sorry for Republicans who care deeply about the environment because they will have to find some other reason to support their nominee.

A voter who wishes to pick the best environmental candidate will not be voting Republican in the governor's race this year.

erry J. Harris

Baltimore

The writer is chair of the Baltimore City League of Environmental Voters.

Defensive Medicine

In his Aug. 22 letter, Craig F. Rosendale fails to recognize the extensive medical malpractice limitations that have been enacted in many states.

In Maryland, compensation for pain and suffering (non-economic damages) currently is limited to $350,000 per person and each medical malpractice case which seeks more than $20,000 is subject to mandatory arbitration.

As an attorney who handles complex medical malpractice cases, I have seen the devastation that people can suffer as a result of medical negligence. I am confident that Mr. Rosendale's opinion would change if, as a result of a health care provider's negligence, he suffered permanent, disfiguring and debilitating injuries which prevented him from supporting himself.

As for me, I feel extremely comfortable knowing that my health care providers practice defensive medicine.

Andrew G. Slutkin

Baltimore

Guantanamo

I find it rather fascinating that the president stated that he will not allow Fidel Castro to dictate our policy, and yet at Guantanamo we are now returning all dependents and civilians to the United States so that we have room for the refugees. I suppose that we no longer need this base, since in effect we are closing it.

In addition, we are sending additional thousands of troops to erect housing and care for these refugees. This bill is reported to amount to an additional $100 million.

Do the American people realize that this money is coming out of the operation and maintenance money of the services? This is money that will not be spent on training and planned operations.

The armed forces are now being used to do everything except what they were recruited to do -- protect the people of the United States.

That protection requires these people to be trained on a daily basis. If any professional team did not routinely train, it would become quite ineffective in a relatively short period. The same is true of the military. A team may lose a game, but if our military is not prepared, we could lose the country.

J. Myers

Sparks

Killing Turtles

I'm confused about the point Susan Reimer tries to make in her column on Aug. 21 about how hunting dads can teach more than just killing.

First, she defends the killing of snapping turtles by explaining how the turtles feed on the Canadian geese on the pond. Is her argument that the turtles are interfering with the natural food chain?

No, as she goes on to explain that Jack's Dad is upset about the geese situation because the turtles are killing them before he can.

I wonder if Mrs. Reimer will send her son back to witness the beautiful geese (instead of the ugly snapping turtles) being shot in the head, gutted and plucked.

Mrs. Reimer goes on to argue that a snapping turtle can take a child's foot off. Where are the no-swimming signs? Or does it make more sense to kill the turtles off so the children can swim where they want?

The hardest part of the column for me to stomach was when

Mrs. Reimer began explaining the gruesome details of the actual slaughter of the turtles.

She described how her son thought it was "cool" to see the turtles pulled from the water and shot in the head.

I have seen turtles hunted and killed. It's an ugly sight to see them struggling in pain as they are pulled in by their bloody mouths. A shot in the head at that point is almost humane.

Yes, Jack's Dad taught his students about more than just killing.

He taught them that it is okay and fun to kill living creatures that might get in the way of your next hunting expedition or prevent you from swimming where you want.

If family bonding and an experience with nature had been on his agenda, a Nikon and binoculars should have been in his knapsack instead of a .38.

Patricia Perry

Owings Mills

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