Byzantine RiteAs a parishioner of St. Michael's Ukrainian...

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October 01, 1994

Byzantine Rite

As a parishioner of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, I was elated to see the artistically drawn picture of my new church in the Sept. 24 Sun.

This church, built in unique Ukrainian Baroque style, truly adds a new architectural form to Baltimore's landmarks. It is also a proud witness to the ethnic diversity of our city's population, the Ukrainian community of which is a part.

But St. Michael's also represents something more. Being a Catholic church of the Byzantine rite, it is a witness to the universality of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church does not possess one Roman rite, as some may be thinking. There are six main rites in the Catholic Church: the Alexandrian, Antiochean, Armenian, Byzantine, Chaldean and Roman. They all recognize the pope of Rome as the visible head of Christ's church on earth.

Although the Roman rite today is numerically the largest, all rites within the Catholic Church are of equal dignity and none is superior to the other. No one is allowed to change his rite at will.

The existence of many rites within the Catholic Church is the most powerful witness to the universality of this church.

Wolodymyr C. Sushko

Baltimore

Larry Reich

In addition to his contributions in planning, Larry Reich leaves another monumental legacy in the city.

It was his initiative that resulted in critical action to bring the cancer research center at Johns Hopkins Hospital into reality. Unable to obtain state money from the departments involved because of the time limitations, we decided that I would sponsor a bond bill for $2 million to meet requirements of the application. (This was, incidentally, the first bond bill to bypass the Department of Planning and go directly to the General Assembly.)

Gov. Marvin Mandel signed the bill after the 1972 session and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center became one of the 10 federally funded regional centers in the country.

Rosalie Silber Abrams

Baltimore

The writer, a former state senator, is director of the Maryland Office on Aging.

Dioxin

Your coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency's dioxin reassessment missed an important part of the story: There are good technologies to control dioxin. I represent one of the few industries that are currently regulated, waste-to-energy plants, which use trash as fuel to generate electricity and steam. We have been on the forefront of dioxin control technology.

The power plants we've built over the past decade prove that these dioxin controls work very effectively.

But unless the EPA investigates other sources of dioxin, these technologies will just sit on the shelf. The EPA report -- by its own numbers -- accounts for less than half the dioxin sources. Major dioxin sources, well-known in Europe, are not counted as ''known'' sources in the report.

As several environmental groups have said, the EPA's first priority should be to investigate dioxin sources that are currently unregulated. Our own industry's record proves that the solutions exist.

Maria Zannes

Washington

The writer is president of Integrated Waste Services Association.

Little Italy

I am responding to the Sept. 17 letter, ''Italian Restaurants,'' by Matthew E. Russ, who was driven to write because the taste buds of restaurant critic Elizabeth Large did not agree with his own.

Although Ms. Large's critique focused on the food of Strapazza, Mr. Russ wasted no time in bashing Baltimore and the community of Little Italy.

He cites one experience of ''sub-standard'' dining and instantly all of Baltimore's Little Italy restaurants are collectively trashed.

Although some Little Italy restaurants are better than others, I would expect a well-traveled connoisseur of Italian food to be able to figure out which are the better restaurants in Little Italy (especially after living here for nine years).

I think it is a cheap shot to criticize and generalize about the community of Little Italy because a clam sauce failed to meet some arbitrary standard. Mr. Russ should not be so quick to condemn our community.

There are many celebrities and dignitaries who return to Little Italy because they enjoy the food and atmosphere of our community. Little Italy is more than just restaurants.

Our neighborhood is full of wonderful people who work together, worship together at St. Leo's church, and go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, safe and welcomed. Blanket criticisms hurt more than just our restaurants.

Unfortunately, Mr. Russ didn't run into me. I would have spoken to him in any dialect of Italian he could muster. And I would have told him just where he could get a good red clam sauce.

Robert Marsili

Baltimore

Maryland's Success in Containing Health Care Costs

Recently, John Woodruff reported on the high amount of price inflation in Maryland during June and July.

The article said that medical costs, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, rose 12.3 percent in Baltimore for the year ending July, compared to the national average of 4.6 percent.

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