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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 08, 1995

Missed Their Story

Why would The Sun find value in a story about a group of people traveling to Romania to search for a 500-year-old legend based on the fantasies of the Irish author Bram Stoker, but would ignore the importance of a story of a group of men gathered just 45 minutes down Route 295 to pursue the foundational truths of historic Christianity?

I'm speaking of the Promise Keepers Men's Conference held recently at RFK Stadium, where 58,440 men gathered not for a sporting event but to commit themselves to reflect the trustworthy nature of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

What an awesome sight it was to see men of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic conditions united together to surrender themselves to the Biblical principles that have somehow been lost in our politically correct society of today.

I would think even The Baltimore Sun might agree that what we need in our communities today are men of integrity. Men who will not compromise the truth. Men who are true to their word. Men who are trustworthy -- "Promise Keepers.`

Promise Keepers is the vision of former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney.

The first Promise Keepers Men's Conference in 1991 drew 4,200 men to Boulder, Col. The following year, it drew 22,000 men, and in 1993 it drew 50,000 men to Boulder.

Last summer the conference expanded to seven cities, and more than 280,000 men participated. This year, Promise Keepers is committed to 13 nationwide conferences expected to impact over 500,000 men. Men who will return to their communities and help raise the spiritual standard in our desperate times.

I would think even The Baltimore Sun would find this newsworthy.

Bill Dryer

Baltimore

Lost Soul

After a long Sunday afternoon on the road I returned home and picked up my Sun and my copy of the New York Times for a more in-depth review of the news than my morning glance had provided.

In The Sun (May 28) I found a letter from Judson Smith regarding the "new and improved" book section. This letter led me to look over this new section, which was touted as an "immense improvement over the old department."

My only comment after looking over the eight reviews The Sun provided was to laugh out loud and then get angry. I needed only to glance at the Times book section of 24 pages and countless reviews.

Another Sun rival has a similar book section. Forgetting for a moment what the competition is doing with books and just looking at the number of pages dedicated each week to television reviews and TV news gives a more accurate picture of this problem. The Sun is selling the garbage the masses demand.

Mr. Smith is on target when he says that the book department is not a mere appendage of the newspaper, but rather "its very soul."

Oh, you're good when it comes to selling the gore and grime of street news or the tender innocent dealings of a political hack. But when it comes to touting the books of the day, The Sun falls short and has lost its soul.

Is it any wonder that The Evening Sun is on its death bed? When reading is given as low a level of importance as The Sun has assigned, it is not just books that won't be read.

Herbert Butler

Perry Hall

Medical Costs

Michele Rosenberg's May 24 Opinion * Commentary article on shopping around for medical procedure prices makes an important point, that information on fees should be readily available.

But there is a basic flaw in the argument. Medical care cannot be chosen strictly by cost.

Let's say you have a brain tumor. Dr. Y, fresh out of his general surgery residency at Podunk Hospital, offers to whip that sucker right out for only $1,900, with a 10 percent rebate to your family if you die on the table.

Dr. Z, on the other hand, wants to charge you substantially more and does not offer the rebate. But she has had 10 years of experience after her neurosurgery residency at one of the nation's finest teaching hospitals, and your family doctor recommends her as one of the best in the field.

What patient would make this life-and-death decision on cost alone?

Questioning the costs of medical care is important. I received a bill from an area hospital for delivering two babies on one day, when I was fairly sure there was only one baby.

However, quality medical care will probably not be the cheapest care, and the relationship you develop with your physician is not the same as the one with the Midas muffler man.

Louise Teubner-Rhodes

Towson

No Term Limits

I was very delighted to see your May 23 editorial, "Forget About Term Limits."

However, I feel that an important argument against having term limits was not expressed: In having term limits, the will of the majority of a democratic nation such as ours is being thwarted.

By voting for or against a candidate running for public office, the voters impose their own term limits.

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