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LETTERS

January 02, 1996

We are involved in Europe's problems

History repeats itself, they say. I remember, in the late 1930s when Hitler started his march, hearing the same talk as now:

''Let Europeans take care of themselves . . . it's not our problem . . . we have enough problems at home . . . why should we send our young men to die abroad?"

We might have nipped it in the bud had we stood firm. Japan, in need of expansion, was convinced that we wouldn't fight and bombed Pearl Harbor, and there we were in a war on two fronts.

And my husband was killed leaving two very young children to grow up fatherless.

Why don't we learn from experience? We are involved in Europe's problems whether we like it or not.

Incidentally, if we are so concerned about young men, why do we allow higher speed limits on our highways? What year was it that more Americans were killed on our highways than in all of World War II?

We are not making sense. And why aren't congressmen leading the country instead of preaching what they think the people want to hear so they can get elected?

Virginia A. Darrell

Baltimore

Penn station sparkling beauty

Congratulations to those who've given us such sparkling beauty in the restoration of the Pennsylvania Railroad Station.

It's the prettiest spot in town and in the most impeccable taste. We're indeed lucky.

% Margaret V. Perin Baltimore

SAT doesn't predict success

Your Dec. 12 story about high school athletes and entrance exams, "SAT score no sure shot," reminded me once again of the myth that surrounds this all-important gateway to college. As a ,, university professor, I have long known that this test is not the accurate predictor of success in higher education that many believe it to be.

Time after time, I have met students who performed disappointingly on the SAT and yet did excellent work in their college studies.

My judgment has been confirmed by a conversation I had with a former employee of the Educational Testing Service, which created the SAT, and by comments from a representative of a company that offers SAT prep courses. In the end, the only thing that can be predicted with any degree of reliability by the SAT is the ability to take tests. This is not unimportant, but it hardly justifies the crucial role played by the SAT in college admissions.

! Alan S. Rosenthal

Columbia

Chapman's Landing pleases neighbor

I was pleased at your Nov. 19 editorial concerning Chapman's Landing that noted the progress Charles County is making in planned economic development. As an adjacent homeowner of the Chapman's Landing/Mt. Aventine development in the Indian Head, I look forward to this project.

Chapman's Landing will make a vital contribution to local and county economic development. The development should provide a critical base for improved education, cultural activities, recreation, entertainment and employment opportunities. It should prove to be an impetus for solving many of our perceived needs, e.g., water peace of mind, sewage, environmental protection and historical preservation.

For years, our tax dollars have helped build the infrastructure of other Maryland jurisdictions and helped create some of the finest public education systems in the country. We're glad to have been of aid, but I believe it's our turn.

Your editorial states that the opposition "decries" the developers' access to state officials. This is an overdose of righteousness from a group that cajoled county officials into allocating hours of coordinated and uninterrupted testimony during several public hearings (while neighborhood proponents were limited to three minutes) and that ignored hearing input deadlines by continually meeting with county officials and having additional documentation accepted. All in all, a typical exhibition of special interest tactics.

Abbott W. Martin

Indian Head

Pharmacies can't afford to deal with Medco

In response to the recent developments concerning the prescription drug program for state employees and retirees and, more specifically, the possible antitrust investigation into pharmacies that opted not to fill those prescriptions, there are a few points that need to be understood.

First of all, as a pharmacy owner in Baltimore, I could not afford to accept the reimbursement that was offered by Medco Containment Services, the company initially awarded the prescription contract by state officials.

The decision I made to not accept the contract was a business and personal decision by me alone, not in concert with any other pharmacy owner. The fact that so many independent and chain stores came to the same conclusion merely shows that the proposed reimbursement was completely inadequate to conduct business and provide quality health care.

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