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July 28, 1996

Church burnings must be seen as evil

This letter was also signed by 25 other Baltimore pastors.

Oriole fans get advice from Yankee

I guess it's been so long since the Orioles have been competitive that their fans have forgotten what a good rivalry is all about.

I'm a Yankee fan who has been living in this area for eight years. I will never stop being a fan of the teams that I love and grew up watching.

I bought my tickets for the four-game Orioles/Yankees series in the beginning of the season, as I'm sure many transplanted Yankee fans did. Many others made the 3.5-hour drive and were standing at the ticket booth wearing their Yankee caps and jerseys as I entered the stadium.

You should be looking forward to and anticipating the excitement and fan involvement that such a rivalry brings. My friends and I would always make sure that we went to Yankee Stadium for the Boston games in the late '70s because we knew that a lot of Boston fans would be there.

You're not at Camden Yards to watch a movie. It's OK to shout and cheer for your team. You should consider it a challenge to shout down the ''out of towners.'' Get used to it, Baltimore, or you'll be in for a rude awakening when the Jets or Giants come to town.

By the way, that Cousin George described in John P. Machen's letter (July 17, "Too many Yankees fans at Camden Yards") sounds like a fun guy, though he would probably go unnoticed at a Yankees' Thanksgiving dinner.

Thomas DeGraw

Glen Burnie

Sleepy physicians are dangerous

Each time I read about resident physicians ''who are working 80 to 100 hours a week with three hours of sleep,'' as in the July 12 letter from Abulkalam M. Shamsuddin ("Medical interns deserve respect"), I quake with fear for the hapless patients in the "care" of those doctors.

Airline pilots and interstate bus drivers are required by federal regulation to have a certain minimum number of hours of sleep before they fly or drive. Don't physicians need to at least be as alert as pilots and bus drivers?

Why isn't there a regulation requiring ''residents'' to have at least eight hours of sleep in the 24 hours just prior to their work shift? Lacking such regulation, why doesn't the medical profession itself address the problem?

How does a medical school or a hospital justify letting loose on the sick or injured, who must depend entirely on the alertness and judgment of the resident staff, such exhausted practitioners?

How do state medical societies ignore it? How can directors of resident-physician training programs allow it?

I, for one, would not permit even the placement of a Band-Aid by a physician who had averaged only two or three hours of sleep a day during the previous week. Such a schedule is not admirable or worthy of anyone's sympathy. It is dangerous and must be stopped.

Richard Walter

Columbia

Phonics better way to teach reading

I was delighted to read that phonics is being resurrected in some Baltimore City schools (July 19, "Old-fashioned phonics returns to city schools").

There will be critics who complain that a stodgy phonics program is boring, too repetitious and not glamorous enough for the modern curriculum. They will claim that it doesn't fit the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program and doesn't address higher-level thinking skills or react to reading selections if students don't recognize many of the words and have nothing in their arsenal of skills to help them decipher the unknown words?

Recognition must occur before understanding. Phonics is a systematic, progressive method of teaching reading that works -- not just rote memorization of sounds. Thinking and reasoning come into play when sounds are combined or when conflicting rules apply in a situation and the reader must decide which makes more sense.

No, phonics is not a panacea, but if the students apply themselves and are reinforced at home, this program can be a success.

Richard Nagel

Severna Park

Shocking is as shocking does

When I read the article on Joseph De Francis being accused of making illegal contributions to Gov. Parris Glendening's campaign and the governor being quoted as being "shocked," I was reminded of the classic line in "Casablanca."

As prefect of the police, Claude Rains stated that he was "shocked" to find out that gambling was taking place in Rick's Cafe, shortly before being handed his winnings from the gambling tables.

I am "shocked" that the governor could be accused of receiving illegal campaign donations.

John F. Capossela

Sherwood Forest

Pub Date: 7/28/96

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