Raising children takes faith and workYour June 16 article...

LETTERS

June 30, 1996

Raising children takes faith and work

Your June 16 article on the Cockeysville Lacrosse Invitational Tournament and Gregory Kane's column that day, ''Success stories point way out from Cabrini-Green,'' emphasized once again that children who are supported by their family succeed.

Having witnessed both the tournament and the oppressive and unjust conditions that can be observed and no doubt felt in Cabrini-Green brought these success stories clearly into focus. Both articles described healthy families although substantially different in more respects than race and economics.

Our city, country and world have been torn apart with expressions of hatred both subliminal and overt, in the burning of churches, the disintegration of the education systems and the destruction of the family. To read about success and wholesome activities was a relief.

The only thing that would have made that issue better was to mention the faith in God it takes to raise children and the hope and love that each parent, whatever his background, must have to succeed in that awesome responsibility and incredible opportunity.

As John Boyce was quoted as saying, ''You can push yourself farther than you thought you could . . . and it teaches leadership'' so I imagine the successful parents and children of Cabrini-Green and Mr. Kane would agree.

One additional thing to which even Mr. Kane would likely agree is that you can't do it alone. It takes support and partnerships on every level from churches and governments, to parents and children, to journalists and readers.

Raine R. Mullan

Timonium

City police officers deserve thank you

As a city business owner, I want to applaud the efforts of the Baltimore Police Department.

The potential for a difficult situation occurred outside our market several days ago but, through the exemplary efforts of the Police Department, individuals who were wanted due to prior criminal activity were apprehended without incident. The professionalism of the officers involved and their genuine regard for the safety of the neighborhood and our employees was impressive.

On behalf of everyone at Eddie's of Roland Park, I would like to extend a heartfelt ''thank you'' to the Baltimore Police Department.

Nancy Cohen

Baltimore

The writer is chief executive officer of Eddie's of Roland Park market.

Baltimore's problems can be solved

Barry Rascovar's recent columns on Baltimore: ''A city without leadership''(April 21), ''Getting out of the hole''(April 28) and ''A city at a sort of crossroads'' (May 12) deserve the concerned attention of all those who deplore the decline of Maryland's premier and once great city.

Its multiple problems -- crime, deplorable education, oversized government and excessive property taxes compared to

surrounding counties -- were ably documented.

Also offered were constructive solutions, such as asking the city's big accounting firms for pro-bono managing and performance audits of all city agencies, or bringing in business leaders, university expertise and churches to help in finding answers to those legion problems -- always with the proviso that their suggestions be implemented.

These suggested solutions -- together with the appointment of able, non-political people -- seem eventually possible.

Achieving them requires political courage. Many have been bravely carried out by the executives and councils of surrounding counties.

Would not leadership by the mayor be equally possible and redound to his credit?

If Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke were to succeed in reversing the decline of the city, any thoughts of future state or federal office would be obviously greatly enhanced.

James. C. Pine

Chestertown

Blue Cross chief wrong about managed care

Bill Jews, the president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland, has written a truly valuable work of fiction for The Sun's readers (June 23, "Better deal for the patient").

lTC Mr. Jews' essay provides virtually no new information about the health care market's shift to managed care and what is important for consumers.

Mr. Jews' underlying premise -- that health care is analogous to pumping gas or using a money machine -- is wrong.

Health care is a complex process in which financial, legal, ethical and moral issues all come into play. The facility with which Mr. Jews latches onto his commercial analogy is disturbing because it belies an incredibly shallow view of health care consumers' and providers' needs and expectations.

Contrary to Mr. Jews' contention, the shift to managed care is not consumer-driven, it is employer-driven. There is no evidence of a consumer outcry for more managed care. Rather, consumers are increasingly concerned about how managed-care plans are eroding their access to critical services in the name of cost containment.

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