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LETTERS

March 09, 1998

Aiding dyslexics could become lifetime habit

After reading Sara Engram's column "Rescuing dyslexics by breaking the code" (March 1), I couldn't resist putting in my two cents' worth.

MADAY -- Maryland Associates for Dyslexic Adults and Youths Inc. -- is a valuable community resource and advocate for children and adults with learning differences. "A lifetime sentence" is an understatement for a learning-disabled child.

As academic director of Norbel School in Baltimore, I, too, witness the struggles of bright children trying to make sense of this thing we call reading. But most importantly, they struggle to understand that having a learning disability is not synonymous with "stupidity."

MADAY reaches out to dyslexics in our community to make this life sentence more tolerable and less burdensome.

I am a MADAY tutor, along with several other of our staff members. Many of the MADAY tutors are teachers, parents of dyslexics, health care professionals, grandmothers, speech and language majors, etc.

Tutoring for MADAY and making a difference for someone is contagious. Why not volunteer your time? Who knows, it could become a "lifetime sentence."

Sharon DellaRose

Baltimore

Column on seacoasts ignored the facts

It's a shame that readers are told by a self-proclaimed coastal expert that "the time has come to plan a strategic retreat from the shoreline" ("Md. beach replenishment is a lost cause," Feb. 25).

The proponent of this strategy, Dr. Orrin Pilkey, erroneously claims that the costs of periodically replenishing Ocean City's beach is a bailout for those property owners who built too close to the ocean.

First, he ignores the fact that most development at Ocean City occurred when the shoreline was far wider than it is now. Hindsight always produces 20/20 vision. But those property owners could not foresee that the same would be washed away.

Second, Dr. Pilkey totally ignores the public benefit of Ocean City's beaches. They produce millions of dollars of revenue each year for both regional and state economies, not to mention tax coffers.

The people who use those beaches come from the entire Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas. These are not a few privileged people; they represent the full spectrum of incomes, ages and racial backgrounds who come to enjoy the beach and the facilities offered by the community.

Third, it borders on being irresponsible for Dr. Pilkey to state that the alternatives are either retreat or armoring the coastline with sea walls. The "soft" solution of periodic beach renourishment produces more dollar benefits than its costs.

The vitality of the region's economy and the continued attraction its beaches afford tourists is ample proof that replenishment of this beach is working well.

oward Marlowe

Washington

The writer is president of the American Coastal Coalition.

Farm pollution not that complicated

All the debate about pollution caused by farming is not as complicated as it seems.

The simple explanation is that too many chickens are being raised in too small an area. The idea that we can continue the 30-year trend in farming -- that is, large corporate farms that tend to concentrate their operations into areas that are far too small for the number of animals being raised -- should be changed.

We have to get back to the idea that the farm animal manure is spread on the same field that produced the animal feed.

A good example of this is the Eastern Shore. Fields on the lower shore are getting way too much fertilizer, while fields on the upper shore (Talbot County) are virtually starving for organic material and fertilizer that more of the farm manure could provide.

Good farming practice would require that most of the manure generated by farm animals be spread on the same land that produced the animal feed.

We have to start now to drastically change the way we farm. Otherwise, we will have vast areas that were once productive farms turned into worthless fields.

ugene T. Rohe

Baltimore

Not just counties seek preservation funds

The Feb. 26 article "Rural Legacy has counties clamoring" omitted the essential fact that Rural Legacy applicants were not only county governments.

The box that accompanied the article left out the applications from Baltimore and Harford counties, the largest of which, the Piedmont Rural Project of the Gunpowder River and Deer Creek Watersheds, originated with four private organizations -- Harford Land Trust Inc., Manor Conservancy Inc., Gunpowder Valley Conservancy Inc. and Greater Sparks-Glencoe Community Council -- with the support of Harford and Baltimore county executives.

Deborah Bowers, publisher and editor of the national Farmland Preservation Report, is chairwoman of this group and donated her labor to write and edit our application.

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