Too Many People?Columnist Ben Wattenberg writes that there...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 06, 1994

Too Many People?

Columnist Ben Wattenberg writes that there is no population problem because birth rates are falling and that environmentalists and others concerned about the earth's resources are merely seeking more funds for their programs (Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 24).

Wattenberg and Julian Simon were sent to the U.N. population conference in Mexico City by President Reagan in 1984.

They declared that population is a "neutral phenomenon." They were incapable of recognizing the consequences of a trend, and President Reagan made things worse by cutting off U.S. contributions to the U.N. Fund for Population Activities.

Birthrates in many countries have dropped. However, in most Arab countries and much of Africa, Asia and Latin America, population growth is overwhelming the ability of governments to provide jobs, housing, education and even food.

Wattenberg calls this problem of "minor-to-moderate dimensions." Tell that to people who are unlucky enough to live in the wrong place.

When dreadful scenes of suffering come through our television screens, the causes are attributed to war, bad governments, the consequences of colonialism -- everything except population pressures.

I wonder if Ben Wattenberg has been back to Mexico City since 1984. If he had he would have seen what a decade of ignoring the population problem there has brought.

Carleton W. Brown

Elkton

Unfair Coverage

The Sun's coverage of a National Labor Relations Board case involving our client, Harbor Cruise, Ltd., demonstrates a

distorted sense of proportion.

The main event in this case occurred back on March 26, when the cruise-line employees voted to reject union representation in a secret ballot election. The Sun's coverage of that event was limited to three sentences, buried on the third page of the Maryland section March 28.

Inexplicably, on Aug. 27, The Sun devoted 61 square inches of text and photo to routine post-election challenges and charges filed by the unsuccessful union, obviously still disappointed that it failed to prevail in the election.

In addition to your disproportionate coverage, your article would lead the reader to believe that the federal government has determined that the company engaged in some improper conduct.

That is not so, as the NLRB's action only sets the stage for a hearing where all allegations, charges and defenses will be aired and ruled upon by a federal administrative law judge.

Balanced coverage would demand greater attention to sentiments of the workers as expressed in the federally-conducted secret ballot election and less exaggerated rehash of the proforma, post-election cries of foul by the union.

Earle K. Shawe

Baltimore

Whose Rights?

In rejecting the Baltimore panhandling law, U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin has shown how he and other irrational judges can ruin every effort to bring peace and order to our society.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its sympathizers have helped create a society in which the rights of the law-abiding citizens are of little concern. Judge Smalkin decrees that those who disturb the peace must have their rights protected.

It is this kind of muddled legal rationalization which is sending us into an abyss of crime.

William G. Sturm Sr.

Baltimore

Iron Horses

Regarding U.S. House of Representative approval for studying high-speed rail networks, . . .why not give attention to the matter of keeping the present iron horses running safely on the track before wasting more money on useless train topics?

Herr Bear

St. Michaels

Seizures

The Epilepsy Association of Maryland would like to congratulate Sgt. George Douglass of the Maryland State Police for helping to save the life of one-year-old Crystal, as described in a news article Aug. 24 in The Sun.

Sergeant Douglass responded correctly with CPR to the description of a person who is "lifeless, limp, didn't have a pulse and was not breathing."

However, according to the article, Crystal had a seizure.

A person can look as if he is not breathing during a seizure and can look lifeless and limp after the seizure.

CPR is not the proper procedure to use when a person is having a seizure.

When a person is having a seizure, the person watching the seizure should keep calm, clear the area around the person, turn the person to his side and place something soft under the head, never restrain the person's movement or force anything into the mouth, and let the person rest after the seizure.

Calling an ambulance is not usually necessary, unless it is the person's first seizure, the seizure lasts more than five minutes or is followed by another seizure, or if the person is pregnant or has diabetes.

EAM offers educational programs that teach seizure recognition and first aid.

We also have a Family and Children's Service program that offers support services to children with epilepsy and their

parents.

For more information on these programs, call EAM at (410) 828-7700.

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