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September 06, 1996

Assisted living projects fill a real need

This is in response to the Aug. 22 letter, ''Assisted living projects destroy communities." We have been told my elderly sister has Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia. It has become necessary to find a facility for her, as we were told she could outlive my husband and me. After many, many months we have found a wonderful assisted living facility for her on Powers Avenue. We are so pleased with the beautiful home, the location and the caring management and staff.

Can't we accept these facilities as our neighbors? It could be a good experience for our children to learn compassion and understanding. These elderly could be your grandparent, or maybe one day even you or me.

Phyllis Weatherly

Phoenix

Appalling British World War toll

In the July 22 article, "In Flanders fields, old shells kill," it is stated that "250,000 British troops died capturing a few square miles" in July, 1917.

The figure isn't correct. Total deaths from all causes in the British Expeditionary Force during 1917 were 243,809, including the missing. An approximate total for casualties of all kinds sustained by the BEF in July of 1917 is slightly over 85,000. By the appalling casualty standards of the BEF, this was not a particularly bad month and nowhere near the bloodiest month of the war for them.

That dubious distinction is reserved for July of 1916. Generally, it is accepted that the single worst day in the BEF for casualties was July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme: there were about 57,000 casualties, of whom 19,000 were killed or missing.

John Mosier

Jefferson, La.

Glendening runs gambling operation

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Where did our governor get his instant morals on gambling?

During his terms as Prince George's County executive he was in charge of the biggest and only casino operation in Maryland.

He now runs our numbers and lottery organization, all classified under the same moral heading of gambling.

Maybe House Speaker Casper R. Taylor's threat to reconsider the legality of casinos in Prince George's County will be enough to change Mr. Glendening's moral outlook.

Oscar Schabb

Brooklandville

Sun reporting from Jerusalem

I would like to congratulate The Baltimore Sun on its selection of Ann LoLordo as the newspaper's correspondent in Jerusalem.

From what I have seen so far, Ms. LoLordo's reporting seeks to find common ground, rather than perpetuate hostility.

There is much too little of that going on in the media. It should not be allowed to slip by unremarked.

G; May she be granted the strength and wisdom to continue.

Norman B. Jaffee

Baltimore

Humans need a more pro-animal policy

Some of us believe that we all have equal worth and that the fire battalion chief's life is not worth more than the abused dog or Barney, the rescue dog.

We do need to defend the animals because they have no words, and there is not adequate legal protection for them. The fact that the abused dog's owner was able to keep him is unbelievable.

The gorilla that rescued the toddler is forced to live in captivity as entertainment for the ''higher forms of life.'' Humans are encroaching on the mountain lion habitat.

L I think we need a softer spot for the animals in our hearts.

Susan B. Nestler

Towson

Telling students it's OK to be lazy

As a teacher, I was both shocked and appalled to read that Baltimore County is going to ease the civic-service requirements so that high school seniors will be able to graduate in 1997.

These students were informed as freshmen that they would have to complete the required 75 hours in order to graduate in 1997. It is no one's fault but their own that these seniors have not yet xTC met this requirement. To put the blame on the schools, or on the system, for poor planning is a shame.

It is these students' sheer laziness that should be blamed for the service hours not being completed. These students could easily finish these hours by committing to two hours a week, or by spending their holiday and spring vacations doing community service.

The county is sending a terrible message to these students: Put it off long enough and you won't have to do the work. They were told four years ago that they wouldn't graduate if they did not do the work. These students should not graduate.

Amanda J. Doud

Baltimore

Population pressures and food output

On July 25 and August 27, the Opinion Commentary page printed articles by Dennis T. Avery declaring that the world's struggle for food sufficiency has been won through advances in agricultural technology.

While the advances he cited are real and should be widely implemented, the rosy predictions he bases on them are not justified in the context of the real, dynamic world.

The following are widely accepted facts:

1. The amount of land under cultivation continues its two-decade decline. This can be witnessed locally, by the loss of farmland to suburban sprawl in Maryland, and globally, by the massive industrialization and urbanization of China and the Third World.

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