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LETTERS

February 23, 1996

Set a good example for children

"When you start talking about a test as a measure of what someone is doing, you have to be careful. What about the person that doesn't test well?''

This quote from the Feb. 1 article about the state's efforts in toughening graduation requirements is surely noteworthy and one with which I concur.

But does anyone note the glaring grammatical error with the use of the word ''that''?

The educated person who was quoted as having made the statement needs to learn to walk the walk and especially talk the talk of an educated person.

Jim Antal

Fallston

Saudi government should compensate

I was deeply disturbed by the plight of the Donna Champ family and their effort to seek co-operation and justice from the Saudi government.

My guess is our government hands out some form of foreign aid to the Saudi government. I suggest we deduct from this aid what ever is necessary to care for Mrs. Champ and her family needs.

Paul W. Hocheder

Mount Airy

State can't afford NFL stadiums

I don't think that many citizens would disapprove of the proposed NFL stadium deals if the state were not in such fiscal turmoil. But, unfortunately, life is full of choices and this is one with which our legislators must deal with. As citizens, I believe we would like the best of all worlds for our city and state, but we simply don't have the pocketbook for all our wishes and must make responsible, prudent choices.

Fred Metschulat

Towson

Antibiotics are part of treatment

Susan Schoenberger's Feb. 20 article on doctors' new reluctance to give antibiotics leaves out the other side of the story.

Though the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be causing more infectious disease-related deaths, it is also true that people, primarily aged 30 to 50, who grew up in the age of "antibiotic as prophylactic" suffer from immune systems that are not capable of fighting bacterial infection without the help of antibiotics. There are over 100 new immune deficiency syndromes, most of which were caused by the overuse of antibiotics.

However, what's done is done. A person in this age group may be in a critical situation, when antibiotics are denied right away.

In 1985, I almost died of pneumonia because my family doctor chose to wait to prescribe antibiotics. I ended up spending three days in the hospital and a month off from work, all because my doctor failed to prescribe.

Let doctors rethink their strategies for children whose immune defense systems are just forming. But for those of us over the age of consent, the best defense is a good offense -- using

antibiotics.

Lynda Case Lambert

Baltimore

Housing stories do damage with inaccuracies

ONCE AGAIN, I HAVE proven the old adage: ''Never argue with people who buy ink by the barrel."

Reporters Robert Guy Matthews and Joanna Daemmerich must have been at a confirmation hearing other than the one where a hundred or so people were in support of my reconfirmation as housing commissioner.

Columnist Michael Olesker's personalized diatribe (under the guise of ''commentary'') was predictable; columnist Gregory Kane's defense of the newspaper institution was a little uncharacteristic.

Mr. Kane should read Larry Saboto's ''Feeding Frenzy,'' covering the changing character of America's dailies.

Mr. Saboto notes that only 2 percent of cities in 1990 had competing dailies, from a high of 61 percent, and that ''most of the remaining dailies are owned by large media conglomerates.''

I'm well aware that Baltimore has a host of wonderful local and targeted newspapers.

The Feb. 18 article by reporters Scott Higham and Jim Haner, "Shadow system benefits top aide of housing chief," simply was not factual.

First, Art Gray can in no way be described as a ''top aide'' of mine. Mr. Haner has copies of and was personally ''walked through'' the organizational charts of both the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Housing Authority of the City of Baltimore.

Of the more than 40 names listed as reporting to me or to my deputies, ''Art Gray'' does not appear.

Subsequent to my appointment as housing commissioner in 1993, Mr. Gray was transferred to a subordinate position and then moved completely ''off the charts'' to a non-supervisory role with the Empowerment Zone program.

But, I presume, a headline describing him as my ''top aide'' was too enticing.

The article stated that I could not recall receiving a complaint from the Barre Circle community Association.

In fact, I attended the forum in question with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who handed me a letter that asked that the situation be looked into.

In a written statement, which I handed to Mr. Haner prior to his article, I noted that I had told Development Director David Elam to direct Mr. Gray to deal with this problem immediately.

I was satisfied with Mr. Gray's solution, to sell the Barre Street property.

Mr. Elam aggressively pursued this matter and gave me regular updates.

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