Blue Cross chief won't share steakI could only feel...


November 30, 1995

Blue Cross chief won't share steak

I could only feel betrayal after reading the Nov. 22 article, ''Blue Cross gave CEO 7.3 percent raise.'' This is the same company that, under the leadership of William L. Jews, is trying ++ to cut benefits to 300 former employees.

These dedicated employees were promised a basic health/life insurance benefits package, since the company was trying to cut costs by eliminating certain positions. We kept our part of the agreement by retiring earlier than planned and were assured our benefits would be locked in, due to our mutual part.

It seems to be another classic case of the CEO eating steak, while the employees -- or in this case, retirees -- eat hamburger.

Roberta R. McCleary

Perry Hall

Walters films offer variety

For film lovers in Baltimore the demise of the Baltimore Film Forum is sad, indeed. Many of us at the Walters were stimulated over the years by the greatly varied film programs that the Film Forum offered.

We were disappointed, however, to see no mention of the very exciting film program that was started on a small scale at the Walters in 1992 and now includes a film every Friday night throughout the year at a price well below that of commercial chains. Funding of our films is supported by the museum's budget as part of our public educational offerings.

In 1995 more than 9,000 people have enjoyed our adventurous programming, which includes many Baltimore premieres.

Our offerings have ranged from Australian to Icelandic films, from films about the British working class to films about famous photographers. We have featured fresh, young film makers from New York University, and we introduced the Short Circuit Film Festival -- only seen otherwise in Paris and Monaco -- to Baltimore,

Unlike the "occasional entry into the field by commercial chains," as mentioned by Stephen Hunter, the Walters has made a serious commitment to film as art.

Gary Vikan


The writer is director of the Walters Art Gallery.

Bring the Browns to Baltimore

I have been dismayed and disappointed in the totally negative stance The Sun's sportswriters have taken on the Browns' move to Baltimore. Browns owner Art Modell has clearly indicated that Cleveland's political and business community repeatedly turned a deaf ear to his pleas for a new stadium.

He has made it perfectly clear that he has no intentions of keeping the Browns in Cleveland, period. If Mr. Modell is determined to move his franchise, I am delighted that Gov. Parris Glendening and the Maryland Stadium Authority made the deal that brings the NFL back to Baltimore.

G. Robert Hottinger


Memorial Stadium facade must endure

Congratulations to John Moag and the Maryland Stadium Authority.

Regardless of the name of the new football stadium, I suggest that the facade from Memorial Stadium, which was dedicated to the memory of Marylanders who served in world wars and which reads in part, ''. . . Time Shall Not Dim The Glory of Their Deeds . . .'' be removed and placed somewhere in the new stadium.

It could be free-standing sculpture or it could be incorporated into the new design. Very Baltimore, Hon.

Signe Lauren


New area codes not needed for all

I would like to comment on the crisis being faced by the telephone companies over new area codes. The Public Service Commission has ordered new area codes for business and residential phones because of the rapid increase in cellular phones and pagers.

How about some progressive thinking? Issue the new area codes for cellular phones and pagers. Both already require their own switching systems and they don't have telephone directory listings to change.

Brian Mac Millan


Science is imperfect, indicates crab decline

Recent editorials and commentaries in The Sun have criticized the reliance on science in action taken to reduce harvesting pressure on the Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs.

For example, Chris Parks in his Nov. 14 commentary suggests that the actions were ''based on evidence and methods unworthy of an elementary-school science project."

Science has not produced a complete or infallible understanding of the blue crab, nor will it ever be able to do so.

Nonetheless, sound scientific interpretation of an array of evidence supports greater restrictions on harvest, particularly of adult females, as prudent management of the resource at this time.

For example, evidence shows the following trends; reduced numbers of adult crabs caught in trawl and dredge surveys; increased numbers of crab pots fished coupled with decline in crabs caught per pot; decrease in the size of male crabs; and a dramatic increase in the harvest of the female crabs in the fall, after they have mated but before they release their eggs.

None of this evidence is in itself iron-clad proof that the crab resources of the bay are being over-harvested. But much like leading economic or stock-market indicators these crab indicators point in the direction.

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