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LETTERS

January 05, 1998

Bosnian murderers must be punished

Fifteen hundred children were murdered during the war in Bosnia, shot dead by snipers hidden in the densely forested hills looking down on Sarajevo.

It is said you never feel it. Just a dull impact and then nothing. But how do we know this?

These deaths weren't accidental and this wasn't war. This was murder, pure and simple. And those who pulled the triggers and those who gave the orders should be brought to justice.

It's too soon for the U.S. to pull out. Fifteen hundred small bodies demand that we stay.

Stephen Connolly

Baltimore

Cleanup fund no additional tax

We write to correct some aspects of your Dec. 18 article regarding the Maryland environmental community's Pfiesteria and nutrient pollution action plan presented to Gov. Parris N. Glendening. The article incorrectly describes a proposal to create a fund as a "tax." Nowhere in the proposal is a "tax" to the general public recommended.

Rather, the proposal suggests a "manure disposal surcharge" as a mechanism for the large poultry industry to pay into the fund to finance the disposing, composting and transporting of excess manure on Maryland's Eastern Shore. We recognize that some amount of public funding will be required, but that the companies that own the birds should also pay their fair share of clean-up costs and that these costs should not be passed on to the general public or contract growers.

The article virtually ignored the 10-point action plan's other important proposals to address the economic, environmental and public health implications from Pfiesteria and nutrient pollution. For example, the article failed to mention that our plan calls for assistance to homeowners for septic upgrades,

incentives for farmers to plant cover crops and research on Pfiesteria's serious public health implications.

Thomas V. Grasso

Dru Schmidt-Perkins

Annapolis

The writers represent, respectively, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Clean Water Action.

Jessup student favors late start

As a high school student, I am writing to you concerning the later start time at the high school level. Currently high school classes begin at 7: 30 a.m., which leaves many of the students groggy and inattentive. If schools opened at least an hour later, the students would be more alert and productive.

High schoolers need more sleep as we go through hormonal changes and rapid growth. Sleep deprivation negatively affects our performance and well-being.

If we started school later, many things, like behavior and test scores, would improve. Students would also have the opportunity to get up earlier and finish homework or study for tests. In addition, a later start in school would mean a later finish so there would be less unsupervised time at home. This would cut back on juvenile crimes that take place after school before the parent or guardian is home.

Lynn Johnston

Jessup

B6 The writer is a 10th-grader at Hammond High School

Two examples of homeless as props

Some thoughts on Cal Thomas' Dec. 29 column accusing Al Gore of using homeless children as a prop during his announcement of an $865 million Clinton administration program help the homeless.

Al Gore's action contrasts sharply with an event back in the mid-1980s when I worked at the Department of Interior.

William P. Clark Jr., the newly appointed cabinet secretary who replaced James Watt, was holding a Saturday reception at the department's main building in Washington, when a Clark staffer noticed a homeless man sleeping on a grate on C Street. The staffer awoke the homeless man, told him about the event, gave him $5 and asked him to leave.

In a little while, a group of homeless approached the steps, led by the same man who had been sleeping. The staffer looked at them with a puzzled expression. The homeless men greeted him with outstretched palms.

This was Reagan's homeless policy -- "out of sight, out of mind."

Bill Duffy

Ellicott City

Talking politics over the turkey

At a Christmas gathering, family and friends were discussing 1997 and the kind of year it had been. One person commented that, with Bill Clinton as president, our country ''was going to hell in a hand basket."

After thinking a minute, another replied: "Yes, I guess you are right. In 1997 we have had no wars to fight, we have had almost no unemployment, no inflation and enjoyed the best economy of this century.

"Yes, things could have been better. We could have had a war in Bosnia, a recession such as we had in 1987 with its devastating unemployment and the runaway inflation of the Reagan years."

He then offered a consolation:

"But in the year 2000 you will get another chance to correct all of this and go back to those good old days. You can elect another Republican president."

! No one responded.

John P. Kimball

Baltimore

A bough is not a bow, except once in print

Joan Mellen's suggestions about categories of books to avoid in 1998 (Dec. 28) was a welcome contribution to your Sunday book section.

I can't help wondering, however, how no one on your staff caught the egregious typo in the final paragraph ("I'm looking forward to . . . my biennial visitation of "The Golden Bow" . . .").

The work that I presume Ms. Mellen revisits is ''The Golden Bough.'' Unless, of course, she is referring to a cult classic that I've never heard of.

Alan Field

Towson

Pub Date: 1/05/98

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