Fighting CrimeOur attorney general certainly has his hands...


September 14, 1995

Fighting Crime

Our attorney general certainly has his hands full fighting crime in Maryland.

We often hear his name in the news, concerning such violent crimes as mail fraud, consumer protection scams and, worst of all, out-of-state lottery tickets being sold in Maryland.

Isn't it reassuring to know that we can still count on Joe Curran to take time out from his busy crime-fighting schedule to deliver an opinion in favor of more gun control?

I feel safer already, don't you?

John H. Josselyn


Health Care Fiasco

Seldom have I read a more true and well-written letter to the editor on any subject -- including the fiasco in ''health care reform'' today -- than that of Dr. Karl W. Diehn in the Aug. 23 Sun.

I won't attempt to embellish the wisdom displayed in his description of the trend of non-service and ''capitalism'' coming on like a freight train in the health care industry today. But it is worthwhile to repeat a short description of his and then try to relate it to some other, broader, discouraging societal happenings today.

Certainly, as Dr. Diehn reports, there is ''a new lexicon of terms,'' including ''health care providers'' instead of physicians, ''covered lives'' instead of ''patients'' and ''patient market share.''

That is dismaying from a health care standpoint; but it also is very representative of a larger trend of psycho- , company- and even government-babble pushed by a strange combination of the politically correct and accountants.

For example, maybe The Sun's reporters and writers are ''journalism providers'' and not ''journalists.'' In any case, it is deliberately used to soften the real truth or convert it for debatable purposes. C'mon, let's get real.

On the more purely ''business over service'' side, this self-serving (but very short-sighted) attitude is manifested in such ways as oil companies charging their own regular, loyal customers more for using the company's own credit card (a practice that has now substantially been booed out of existence) or banks starting to charge customers for inter-relating with a teller (sometimes $3 to $5 a pop).

That's what happens when the accountants or capitation artists (and their reams and reams of computer-generated figures) prevail over real, honest service. The poor marketing guys and gals are trying to lure new customers, clients or patients, and the numbers guys kill it all with their short-sighted look at the world. Profits first, everything else be dammed.

Talk about shooting oneself in the foot. Heck, save the money and don't promote or promise service in the first place. Meanwhile, however, everyone but a very few in the society loses.

John T. Gillan


'Fess Up, Dutch

Please correct me if I am wrong. Wasn't it Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger who took $10 million away from the county schools this past April because the system had an excess?

If this is so, then it is certainly considerate of Mr. Ruppersberger not to want the county teachers to pay for his mistake.

Now be a gentleman, 'fess up and give the money back.

Nicole Fall


Negative Attacks

Doug Stuck's Aug. 30 article on Jerusalem's anniversary is an unbalanced, inaccurate commentary on the history and politics of Jerusalem.

When Jerusalem was founded by King David nearly 3,000 years ago -- and that is what this anniversary celebration is about -- it eventually became the political capital and spiritual center for the Jewish people. This unbroken Jewish presence in Jerusalem, and the unique and eternal ties that presence represents, are historical facts; they are not, as Mr. Struck implies, politically opportune declarations.

During the first century, Christianity's bond to the City of Jerusalem was established. By the eighth century, the city's significance for Muslims was realized. None of this is denied by those planning the ''Jerusalem 3000'' celebration. In fact, a large number of events are being organized in recognition of the city's multi-varied traditions. The celebration is planned for everyone; no one's history is to be denied.

In further reviewing Mr. Struck's story about the ''Jerusalem 3000'' celebrations, and The Sun's coverage of these events, questions arise.

First, one wonders why, under a picture of Jerusalem's mayor, The Sun makes a comment regarding land ownership in Jerusalem, an issue largely irrelevant to the story's focus on the 3,000th anniversary celebrations.

Also, while so many important, newsworthy events are taking place around the world, why is it that an assault on Jerusalem's anniversary celebration is placed on the front news page, above the fold?

It was actually refreshing that over the past year, Sun coverage reflected varied perspectives on events in the Middle East.

Now, unfortunately, continuing and negative attacks (for example, Doug Stuck's article, ''A spreading stain on the purity of arms,'' Aug. 26) directed toward Israel, have returned to the front pages of The Sun.

Rabbi Joel H. Zaiman


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