Har Homa is vacant, Jewish-owned landI realize that in the...

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March 15, 1997

Har Homa is vacant, Jewish-owned land

I realize that in the grand scheme of things editorial cartoons don't count for very much, but the one by KAL appearing March 4 betrays such a lack of understanding of the decision by the Israeli government to construct housing on Har Homa.

For starters, the placard proclaiming ''New Construction in Arab Jerusalem'' reveals that your cartoonist doesn't know where the project is to be built. The only area that might be called ''Arab'' Jerusalem is rather specific, and doesn't include the proposed site.

Your paper has pointed out that Har Homa is an uninhabited hillside, covered by a pine forest, and that most of it belongs to Jews. How does this become ''Arab Jerusalem''?

Second, the long-term success of the peace process depends more on whether the Palestinians can accommodate themselves to the continued presence of Israel than on any concessions Israel may make to them.

It is far more significant and deleterious that the Palestinians have yet to fulfill any of their primary commitments under the various accords than that Israel insists on asserting its rights under them, including construction of housing within its capital city.

If Israel can be prevented from asserting those rights, just because the Palestinians are upset, then Israel has no rights, not even the right to exist.

Yale M. Zussman

Baltimore

Milk price supports not good for a body or a state

Nature designed it specifically to satisfy the nutritional requirements of a young animal who has four legs and four stomachs, will learn to regurgitate and remasticate partially digested food and will weigh 300 pounds one year after it is born. Its immune factors, protein content, fat content and fatty acid profile are also highly specific to suit the needs of that particular species.

A similar version nature provided for humans is different, but also highly specific. However, more humans consume the version designed for someone else than consume their own.

Although this situation seems to be some odd work of science fiction, this is actually activity accepted by many in American society as normal.

Milk, that alleged "perfect food," is claimed to do a body good. Instead, it is a major cause of food allergies and food poisoning, and has been linked to congestive heart failure, Hodgkin's disease, and various digestive, respiratory, skin and behavioral disorders. In 1992, milk was implicated in infant anemia and Type I diabetes.

At least 12 human studies show that dairy product use also correlates with breast cancer rates; the primary causative factors in milk are suspected to be estrogens (known to cause breast cancer), chemical contaminants and a hormone that is designed to stimulate accelerated growth in young mammals and which is at elevated levels in milk from cows treated with the BGH hormone. Other new information also links milk to ovarian cancer.

Many people will remember that whole milk was once advertised to be "only 4 percent fat," but they may not remember that accurate nutrient measurement is on a per-calorie basis, not a weight basis.

While fat contributes 4 percent of milk's weight (87 percent being water), fat contributes about 50 percent of the calories.

What about osteoporosis? As a staple in the standard American diet (SAD), milk, as well as meat, contributes significantly to the excretion of the body's calcium due to protein overload.

Studies indicate that the most appropriate dietary change to prevent osteoporosis is not to increase calcium intake, but to decrease protein intake. Proof exists on the other side of the world: More than a billion people, virtually all of whom are dairy-free, in East Asia have little or no osteoporosis to speak of. Proof also exists at local Chinese, Japanese and Korean restaurants: Did you ever notice what's not on the menu?

So, could someone please tell me why a state delegate is proposing that a calf's primary food should be declared the state drink, and why we should institute milk price supports?

If the industry's economic impact is used as an excuse to justify these proposals, we might as well declare cocaine the state drug and institute price supports for that as well.

Mark E. Rifkin

Baltimore

HarborView views vary greatly

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is to be commended for his foresight in recognizing the need for the development of Key Highway by allowing HarborView condominium's developers a tax break. Federal Hill and Locust Point are burgeoning and show excellent possibilities for residential and tourist attraction development.

The tourist dollar is of growing importance to the conservation of Baltimore as a historical and cultural center.

The added revenue helps with the revitalization of Baltimore and makes it a nicer place to live. However, this revitalization will only occur if government is supportive of real property venture capitalists.

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