Egypt's policy of peace with IsraelYour editorial, ''A...

LETTERS

January 21, 1996

Egypt's policy of peace with Israel

Your editorial, ''A model peace, a warm peace," Jan. 16, entirely misses the point.

Most certainly, we are not offended by the plaudits you heap on His Majesty King Hussein for making what you view as "a model peace"

We blazed the trail and make it possible for others to follow. But to go from that to be presumptuous and impute that President Hosni Mubarak is cooling the peace with Israel in the face of extremist opposition reveals the flimsiness of your argument.

President Mubarak, backed by the overwhelming majority of his people, takes credit in standing up to extremism and destruction. He has not, and will not compromise with the enemies of the people.

Finally, the Egyptian-Israeli peace is built on firmer grounds, but to attempt to gauge its Fahrenheit is both irrelevant and misleading.

What we have with Israel is normality, which means for us and the Israelis that we don't have to see eye to eye on every issue. This approach is far healthier than your misguided and preconceived ideas about what constitutes "model peace."

Abdelaleem El-Abyad

Washington.

The writer is minister for press and information at the Embassy of Egypt.

Fire chief has hurt investigation

It seems the Clipper Industrial Park fire has caused a lot of controversy, to say the least.

Chief Herman Williams Jr. says he is not aware of problems in the lower ranks. Well, it seems to me that fire Capt. Stephen G. Fugate was right all along when he first called for assistance from the investigators of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

What he got instead was a rebuff and transfer, and the problem continues. There are no solid answers. I submit to you that if the chief would let the "lower" investigators do their job, we would have had answers long ago.

Maybe Captain Fugate should be fire chief and those internal problems would be easy to solve.

John L. Grumbach

Rosedale

Money for football but not for networking

Your editorial "No islands in the snow" (Jan. 12) was absolutely correct. Over the last week, my 14-year-old son has kept up with sports via ESPNet, checked out the weather forecasts and the latest Mortal Kombat II secrets -- all via the World Wide Web, also known by some as the Internet.

So why couldn't he also do some school work via the net? The answer is that he could.

I am a computer specialist at Johns Hopkins University. I have helped professors put homework assignments, solutions, etc., on the net or some other networked environment. It's not difficult with a little preparation, the right training and equipment. As the editorial suggested, the technology already exists.

I know the public schools are trying to make better use of technology, but I keep hearing they can only move so fast because of funding. Our state government can come up with $275 million to subsidize two wealthy entrepreneurs, but not a paltry increase in the education budget.

We need to get our priorities straight. Our children and their education are much more important than any professional sports teams.

David G. Holmack

Parkville

City stole Lanvale St. from commuters

The Intrepid Commuter column reported Jan. 8 that when the $12-a-day Penn Station parking garage opened last fall, the city changed the parking meters in the surrounding neighborhood from 10 hours to two hours.

This was apparently to force daily train commuters to use the new garage which, if they have to work for a living, they cannot afford.

Adrienne Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works, told the Intrepid Commuter that the parking spaces were changed to encourage short-term parking.

Yet we don't need more short-term parking, and the proof is that the meters on Lanvale Street north of Penn Station have gone virtually unused since the change.

This is maddening to commuters.

The larger issue is the arrogance of the city. It has stolen Lanvale Street from the people of Baltimore, and we must demand it back.

Lanvale Street should not have any meters, because meters should be for ensuring frequent turnovers of parking spots in busy neighborhoods, not for raising money from commuters. But the old 10-hour meters would be preferable to commuters who are for all practical purposes prohibited from parking on their streets.

Henry Cohen

Baltimore

Don't care if employed have illegitimate baby

Carl T. Rowan's argument Jan. 9 ("Illegitimacy reflects moral erosion") that ''it is lunacy to believe that withdrawing the monetary support of pregnant teen-agers will cause them to stop having babies'' is just as idiotic.

If the parents of teen-agers (boys, as well as the girls they impregnate) had to support each new arrival, then maybe they'd see to it that their children were doing their homework instead of engaging in sexual athletics.

No one cares if Whoopee Goldberg, Madonna or Hugh Grant are having sex. They are self-supporting and can support any children produced as a result of their activities.

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