Storm HelpAs we continue our 1994 fund-raising campaign...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 06, 1994

Storm Help

As we continue our 1994 fund-raising campaign for United Way of Central Maryland, one question is frequently asked: "Where does the money go?"

The recent violent storm that ravaged parts of our community demonstrates the critical health and human service needs met by United Way agencies.

As stunned people stood on the street outside what once were their homes, the American Red Cross and Salvation Army provided disaster assistance. Shelter, meals, first aid and counseling were available on call -- thanks to donations from United Way of Central Maryland.

At the Lafayette Square Community Center in a hard-hit neighborhood in West Baltimore, families found support and stability when their lives were turned upside down. As people seek to recover peace of mind, many other United Way agencies stand ready to help.

United Way's 24-hour First Call for Help linked callers with emergency services. "Help in Hard Times," a publication of United Way of Central Maryland, provides a hands-on guide to emergency resources.

It took just one storm to radically change the lives of hundreds of Baltimoreans. But every day, there are crises in thousands more lives: people with disabilities, the elderly, at-risk youth, disadvantaged adults who need our support. United Way of Central Maryland is on the job 365 days a year.

Norman O. Taylor

Baltimore

The writer is president, United Way of Central Maryland.

Our Economy

President Clinton's reputation as a peacemaker cannot be disputed. He is buying peace around the world with money from U.S. taxpayers.

In the Middle East, the president is canceling Jordan's $700 million debt to the U.S. as a reward for making peace with Israel.

In Northern Ireland, the president is bringing peace by the Irish Republican Army's cessation of terrorist activities, promising more economic aid to Ireland.

In North Korea, the president has reached a peaceful accord by agreeing to build two modern mega-watt nuclear reactors at an estimated cost of $4 billion to provide electricity for North Korean citizens. Until they are built, the U.S. will supply oil to meet North Korea's energy needs.

In China, the president has established peaceful relations by agreeing to help modernize China's air traffic control system.

In Haiti, where the president is most proud of his accomplishments for peace, he has promised to create 60,000 new jobs for Haitians under a $500 million investment program. He is going to provide money for retraining soldiers for civilian jobs.

In addition, the president agreed for the U.S. to rent the house owned by the former dictator he called a "criminal thug."

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., millions of American citizens struggle daily to get out of debt. Our cities are growing into larger slums in desperate need of economic aid.

People are paying more for electricity, gasoline and other forms of energy every year.

Air traffic control systems are near the breaking point. Due to massive layoffs in defense industries, unemployment is high in some areas, about 9 percent in California.

The number of U.S. citizens living in poverty climbed past 39 million last year, and 30 million people in our country, including 12 million children, cannot afford food to maintain good health.

That famous electioneering slogan needs to be revised to read: "It's our economy, stupid!`

William J. Ziegler, Sr.

Ellicott City

Pleasant Memories

I read with sadness the Oct. 30 article written by Rafael Alvarez, "Artists vent their religious traumas in work."

I respect everyone's opinion of his/her experiences in Catholic schools and believe the artists who have their works on display at the "Catholic Girls" exhibit have the right to express their opinions.

However, I cannot sit back and allow the general public to believe that everyone who went to Catholic schools was traumatized by the nuns who taught them.

I went to Catholic schools for 12 years. I was taught by nuns of the Order of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill and by nuns of the Franciscan Order.

These were dedicated, hard-working women who taught us well, helped mold our lives and who were always there when we needed guidance.

In my 12 years at Catholic schools, I never saw a nun who was a "cruel dictator." We may have been disciplined when needed, but I never saw a nun hit a student, not even with a blackboard pointer.

I am thankful to have known and been educated by such loyal, loving human beings.

Dawn Holmes Grosshandler

Owings Mills

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