Dangerous CutsOn Sept. 21, the Baltimore City Fire...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 13, 1994

Dangerous Cuts

On Sept. 21, the Baltimore City Fire Department closed another fire suppression unit, Engine Company 38, at 15 South Eutaw Street.

The city does not seem to realize that even though the city's population is declining, fire and emergency medical calls are increasing.

The area that Engine 38 serviced is a high value district and is heavily occupied in daylight hours (hospital, hotel, Social Security, college, etc).

Even though the other fire apparatus from the Eutaw Street station will arrive in the same time frame, we have still lost one piece of equipment and four firefighters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

These fire fighters would have been used for rescue or extinguishing fires. They will no longer be there to save lives.

I just hope it doesn't happen, so those who chose to make cuts in fire suppression don't have to live with the "what ifs" the rest of their lives.

This is not only an issue of Engine 38, but of any fire or medic unit in this city. The city must realize that to stop the decline in population, they must first make the city safe. Then and only then will people move back to the city.

Residency clauses are a Band-Aid approach to a tourniquet problem and won't work. I suggest the administration start making public safety the priority it should be.

William V. Taylor

Baltimore

The writer is president, Baltimore City Fire Fighters Local No. 734.

Cruel Slaughter

I would like to correct a misunderstanding that could arise from the Associated Press article in The Sun Oct. 2, headlined "Less cruel end is sought for slaughtered poultry."

The poultry industry is described as saying that there's no evidence that the methods that are now used to process poultry are inhumane.

However, the evidence is there. At present, poultry slaughtered in the United States are being neither stunned (rendered unconscious) nor anesthetized (rendered pain-free).

Decades of experimental poultry slaughter research show that to be adequately and permanently stunned, broiler chickens require an electrical current of around 120 mA to induce unconsciousness, and turkeys require 150 mA to produce this state.

Documented poultry industry sources have revealed that chickens and turkeys are not being either stunned or rendered insensitive to pain prior to having their throats cut.

Instead, the birds are administered a very mild pre-slaughter electrical current causing a painful electric shock, cramps and bodily paralysis.

As Dr. Alice Johnson, director of regulatory affairs of the (P American Meat Institute, stated Sept. 28 at the House subcommittee hearing on the Humane Methods of Poultry Slaughter Act, poultry are being immobilized prior to slaughter.

This procedure, which is done for highly disputed commercial reasons, is definitely not being done in order to reduce the birds' suffering.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced at the hearing that, if federal humane slaughter legislation were extended to poultry, "USDA stands ready to institute the changes to our domestic inspection program and our foreign program reviews to accommodate this change."

Karen Davis

Potomac

The writer is president, United Poultry Concerns, Inc., a non-profit organization that monitors poultry use.

Indian Miracle

Hail to Jonathan Power and The Sun for its excellent commentary on Brazil ("The Next Superpower," Oct. 7).

The article clearly demonstrates the economic miracle in Brazil. This is the same country that was the hardest hit of all Latin American countries during the 1980s recession -- negative economic growth, high unemployment and hyper-inflation. Brazil is now the 10th largest economy in the world.

Now, let's have a follow-up article on India, the fifth largest economic power in the world and another potential economic superpower.

India's economic miracle is no less significant. The opening up of its economy to trade and investment has the world knocking on India's door, including all major American companies.

The adoption of prudent monetary and fiscal policies under Finance Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao have led to rapid economic growth and transformed India into an economic powerhouse.

The same companies, like Coca Cola, that abandoned India due to government over-regulation are back in India setting up businesses and joint ventures. Trade between India and the United States topped $2.8 billion last year.

According to Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown, in a growing and open India economy trade between the two countries could exceed $5 billion.

I= The United States is now India's largest trading partner.

Pradeep Ganguly

Baltimore

Cuba and Haiti

These past weeks I have been reading frequently that the U.S. should not get involved with Haiti because Haiti has no strategic value to the U.S. Perhaps not.

But the real reason for the invasion that has turned into occupation is racist and political.

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