Help needed to combat terrorismThe March 10 article...

LETTERS

April 04, 1996

Help needed to combat terrorism

The March 10 article, "Terrorist mind game," attempted to give a broad analysis on the subject of world terrorism.

However, the article contains a gross error.

Having mentioned the recent bombings in Britain, Israel and Sri Lanka, the author writes: "The bombs in Britain and Israel are particular because they have damaged two peace processes."

It is not clear to me why Sri Lanka was left out. In fact, the massive bomb that exploded in Sri Lanka recently, killing 84 and maiming or injuring 1,400 others, was solely targeted to derail a peace process initiated by the Sri Lankan government.

It should be noted that the moderates of both sides have agreed to seek a peaceful solution to the problem.

Sri Lanka is an island nation that does not have resources or the technology to combat organized terrorist attacks against civilian targets.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly requested the U.S. provide technological assistance in this matter.

Failure to help uproot this evil could simply translate into loss of more innocent lives in the future.

S. Veerasinha

Columbia

Open borders risk too much for Israel

In response to Doug Struck's article about Israel closing borders to the Palestinians (March 25, "Palestinians in Gaza living under 'siege'"), please allow me to simply explain the reasons for this action.

Border open. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom. Eighty Israelis dead. Hundreds wounded.

Borders closed. Israelis live. No one dies.

Easy to figure out now, isn't it?

Michael Langbaum

Baltimore

Officials thanked for fighting ban

Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Russian government has indicated it will rescind its announced ban on the importation of American poultry. This is good news for the more than 20,000 people on the Delmarva Peninsula who have jobs in the poultry industry and, indeed, all citizens of Maryland.

The Russian decision to lift the ban was the result of hard work by many people. Among others, U.S. Senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Gov. Parris Glendening, Secretary of Agriculture Lewis Riley and state veterinarian Dr. Roger Olsen recognized the importance of the Eastern Shore poultry industry and expressed their concerns about the Russian ban to President Clinton.

As the largest segment of Maryland's largest industry, poultry makes significant contributions to the state's economy and enviable way of life. A strong poultry industry is good for all residents of Maryland and we thank all who supported the effort to reopen the important Russian market.

Spangler Klopp

Georgetown, Del.

The writer is president of Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.

The real issue in psychopharmacology

This is in response to the highly misleading letter from Dr. Steven R. Daviss, March 29, concerning Maryland legislative bills to give limited prescriptive powers to nurse psychotherapists.

The three-credit psychopharmacology course required by the bill is not the only preparation a master's prepared nurse has in pharmacology.

As a nurse clinical specialist in psychiatry, my educational background includes a three-year hospital school of nursing, a four-year undergraduate degree in nursing and a master's degree in psychiatric nursing, followed by two years of supervised postgraduate clinical practice before passing the certification exam for psychiatric clinical specialists.

To maintain certification, continuing education requirements must be met or the certification exam be retaken every five years.

In addition to a holistic focus, nursing education and practice is based on science and research. The study of physiology, neurobiology, pharmacology and psychopharmacology is an integral part of this education.

The bigger unspoken issue in Dr. Daviss' letter is the economic impact on psychiatrists' practice if this bill passes.

Elizabeth Carson

Columbia

Vouchers urged for unmotivated

I am a teacher who has found something wrong with the decade-long debate over education reform that had, until recently, escaped me. Unlike some of my colleagues, I saw that something was wrong. It was not our dedication.

We worked hard 25 years ago, when I first found myself in the classroom, and the job is getting harder rather than easier. It is not lack of knowledge. We are getting training in an ever-widening array of curricular, organizational, psychological and professional skills.

It is not our unwillingness to change. In the past five years my school has gone through a number of reorganizations and our experience is more the rule than the exception when one looks at schools across our nation.

What is wrong is that it is becoming harder to find children who are committed to getting the best that our schools offer. Even worse, we have become part of an unspoken conspiracy that has tolerated and sadly encourages this condition. Too many of us work in environments which allow a segment of our children to misbehave, do little work and master little of our material only to be moved on to the next grade.

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