Don't blame women for men's failingsUnless there is...


March 31, 1996

Don't blame women for men's failings

Unless there is something seriously missing in your news story, ''Man jailed for murder on cruise recaptured,'' March 23, I fear that Italian Police Chief Fernando Masone is wearing his pants a little too tightly.

He attributes the recapture of the Achille Lauro hijacker-killer to his mistake in phoning his girlfriend and thereby being traced.

''... In this episode, we see how women can be the downfall of men ...'' says the would-be Inspector Clouseau.

I'll wager that the hijacker's downfall is more closely related to his hijacking and murdering ways.

Poor Eve, she certainly must figure in here somewhere, too.

Eileen Schauermann


Skilled nurses at a premium

A bus crash is certainly an apt analogy.

As Susan Reimer observed in her March 10 column, chaos, danger, fear and frustration result when hospitals reduce nursing staff and hire unlicensed personnel, lacking in both education and experience, to care for the elderly and other patients. However, that is what is happening with increasing frequency across the country and we should all join Ms. Reimer in voicing our opposition to this trend.

Nurses are at the nexus of today's health-care system, %o coordinating and often administering virtually all aspects of patient care. These health-care professionals have devoted years to education and to perfecting their clinical skills. They have been prepared to manage the complicated cases, to ensure patient safety and to operate the highly technical equipment currently found in hospitals. Yet, when hospitals eliminate professional nursing positions, they often substitute an unqualified staff that has received a few weeks or perhaps only a few hours of vocational training.

Nurses have a crucial role to play in both the care and cure of patients. As hospitals restructure, the practice of cutting nursing positions is extremely shortsighted. Given the acute condition of most patients admitted to hospitals today, the need for the best educated nurses -- and especially for advanced practice nurses who have master's degrees in specialties such as pediatrics, adult care and geriatrics -- will increase.

Barbara R. Heller


The writer is dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore.

Lease expiration causes concern

There is strong evidence that the Giant supermarket located in a small shopping strip off Hillen Road in northeast Baltimore will not renew its lease. The reason given is safety, following some robberies in recent years.

Giant has a well-deserved reputation for quality and service, both of which are quite evident at this store.

It serves modestly middle-class folks who come mainly from the surrounding rowhouses and senior housing centers. It is a place where customers and employees recognize and greet each other. Some customers even bypass stores nearer them because the Giant is more pleasant and accommodating.

Our community does not deserve abandonment after years of loyal patronage.

Too many well-known stores have already done that with devastating effect on the neighborhoods' economy and morale.

Mary Nicholas Sommerfeldt


AIDS prevention must be taught

I feel that the March 6 article, ''Debate over teaching AIDS prevention,'' was right on target.

We can tell our children not to have sex, just like we can tell them not to get into a pool unsupervised. But if we know that they are going to find their way into that pool, then we have to teach them how to swim.

Just like we must teach them how to protect themselves so they won't drown.

Amber Andrejczuk


Pub Date: 3/31/96

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