Part of the ProblemYour May 27 editorial, "Gallo in...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 14, 1995

Part of the Problem

Your May 27 editorial, "Gallo in Baltimore," celebrated, perhaps appropriately, the benefits to its finances and reputation that will accrue to our city from Dr. Robert Gallo's decision to bring his new AIDS research institute to Baltimore.

But nowhere in the essay could one find mention of the benefits to Baltimore's victims of this terrible disease -- increased attention to their plight and the latest world class treatment that will become available.

This singleness of focus on the bottom line is a compelling example of the value system that many of us politically incorrect liberals believe is seminal to the decline of what is less and less a great country.

That value system is, simply put, money and power over people. The Sun, along with most other media, reinforces this ethic in its pages numerous times a day via the stories it focuses on and the way it reports them.

Then, in its editorials and other opinion spaces, it expresses shock and bewilderment at the mushrooming violence, homelessness, corruption and inner emptiness that afflicts us.

Richard G. Berman

Baltimore

Dishonest Letter

In his attack on Peter Jay (letter, May 28) Michael A. Pretl, president of Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse, has elevated hypocrisy and dishonesty to art forms.

Mr. Pretl first chides Mr. Jay for correctly stating that Gov. Parris Glendening's new handgun commission is stacked with gun control advocates.

He then justifies this action on the grounds that the "commission should not have its serious work frustrated by [the] inclusion of singleminded National Rifle Association types."

Why does Mr. Pretl then accuse Mr. Jay of joining forces with "those who denounce the very notion of dialogue on issues of gun safety"? Sounds very much like a classic example of the old political tactic of accusing the other side of doing what you are doing.

Mr. Jay's statement concerning Parris Glendening's "gun ban legislation" is belittled on the grounds that the term "gun ban" is "obviously loaded."

Mr. Pretl then goes on to state, "Neither the governor or Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse have ever proposed a ban on guns as either a short-term or long-term goal."

Perhaps Mr. Pretl will be gracious enough to explain why MAHA's Jan. 17 press release entitled "Governor Promulgates Handgun Roster Board Regulations Proposed by MAHA" contains at least four references to banning guns. Further, Vinnie DeMarco, former MAHA executive director, was quoted in the Towson Times, "We don't believe people should own handguns."

In addition to his new duties as co-chairman of the new gun control commission, Mr. DeMarco is currently employed by Handgun Control Inc., which was formerly known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

The citizens of Maryland will see Parris Glendening's new gun violence commission for what it really is, a thinly veiled political payback and a desperate attempt to lend creditability to MAHA's anti-gun agenda.

The arrogance of this inept administration has produced yet another chapter in the saga of questionable schemes, campaign paybacks and political appointments that even The Sun cannot ignore.

In retrospect, it is not Mr. Jay but Mr. Pretl and MAHA who are opposed to dialogue with the opposition. Mr. Pretl knows that an open dialogue will present law-abiding gun owners with the opportunity to unleash the weapon he fears the most -- the truth.

John H. Josselyn

Towson

The writer is legislative vice president, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore Inc.

Political Promises

Is Gov. Parris Glendening goofy or what? First it is pensions and now it is pay-offs.

The three jurisdictions which voted him into office are certainly getting what they voted for.

John B. Dixon

Cockeysville

Credit Transfers

As one of the students interviewed by David Folkenflik for his June 4 article, "Community college a door to university for many," I found very disturbing an error and distortion of my comments in the section of the article pertaining to me.

In addition to simple and specific facts, my name and grade point average were misstated, and the omission of a portion of my statement regarding the transfer of honors seminar credits from Carroll Community College to Western Maryland College resulted in a significantly different interpretation of my remarks from what a full version of my statement would have said.

I informed Mr. Folkenflik that the acceptance of honors seminar credits were pending the evaluation of course descriptions.

I alone am responsible for their submission to Western Maryland College. The only "difficulty" in question is how they are to be credited toward my degree.

Mr. Folkenflik's slant on my comments shed a negative light on what could have been a very positive article on community colleges.

His version of my words perpetuates the myth of transfer problems for community college students. This is an egregious injustice.

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