Reading by 9 showed path through dyslexiaBravo to The Sun...


March 19, 1998

Reading by 9 showed path through dyslexia

Bravo to The Sun for its continuing and thorough Reading by 9 series.

I have particularly appreciated the articles addressing dyslexia. You have done an admirable job of untangling the large and sometimes complex body of knowledge about that intriguing roadblock the brain sometimes tosses in the way of a bright, young and eager child who wants nothing more than to read.

Your series coincided with the exciting research that confirms the neurological basis of this learning difference. (Incidentally, we at the Jemicy School have experienced no small measure of relief to learn that dyslexia, which we have been identifying and remediating for 25 years, really does exist!)

I would like to add only one postscript to your March 7 article "Dyslexics learn with '50s method" about Jemicy School.

As you reported, the tuition is very high. But it would be tragic if that information alone discouraged parents from seeking crucial help for their children.

Most schools specializing in dyslexia have financial aid available, and a number of other resources exist, which, while not as comprehensive as a total school environment geared to the dyslexic learner, can prove invaluable.

These include summer programs, tutoring and parent advocacy referrals.

No one can quantify with certainty the toll exacted on us by our failure to identify and remediate dyslexia. But certainly many thousands of adults go through their lives illiterate or semiliterate, ashamed of painful school memories, and convinced that they are not smart.

Thank you for shedding much-needed light on this preventable tragedy.

Adine Panitch

Owings Mills

The writer is director of admissions at Jemicy School.

Shortsighted people threaten environment

The March 12 article "Waterman, Md. square off over clam dredging," describing growing tensions between Maryland clammers and crabbers, is disturbingly reminiscent of the Pfiesteria crisis in at least one major way.

A potential environmental disaster is described, one that is likely to kill hundreds of thousands of fish and other wildlife and endanger the precious bay.

Regardless, a select group of shortsighted people argues that this "would cost them their livelihood." Does this suggest that we should pollute our environment to the point of no return so that some people can keep their jobs the same as they have always been? Should chicken farmers continue to release too many nutrients into the waterways regardless of the long-term consequences because they don't want to get creative and become part of the solution?

I would like to believe that we as human beings can transcend ourselves and view our world from a larger perspective and not just "what's in it for me now."

David G. Epstein


Calvert Cliffs renewal would serve customers

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. made the right decision in choosing to extend the operating license for the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant ("BGE decides on Calvert Cliffs' future," March 5).

The license-renewal process required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is comprehensive and demanding.

Successful completion of the process by BGE will provide a high level of safety assurance for continued operation of the plant. For a car, it would be like requiring replacement or refurbishment of every piece except the frame and the sheet metal outer surfaces.

From an economic perspective, there is no way that BGE could build comparable generation capacity more cheaply than keeping Calvert Cliffs operating, even with the $300 million investment in new equipment. Not trying to keep the plant going would be a disservice to BGE's customers.

This is a decision that will likely be repeated as other electric utilities face the end of the initial licensing periods for their nuclear plants. And because nuclear plants produce no global warming gases the way oil and coal plants do, it is likely that support for extending nuclear plant licenses will grow.

Fred T. Stetson


Got milk? It will cost more to get

Consumers, beware.

The dairy bill that was killed by a Senate committee this month will come back to haunt you.

As dairy farmers, my husband and I are ashamed to live in Maryland.

Farmers make up less than 2 percent of the population, yet we are expected to work like dogs to feed the whole country.

Lobbyist Alan M. Rifkin and the grocery chains have what they think is a victory on their hands. And when you turn your head and see nothing but developments, you can thank them.

Ten years from now, when you buy cheese, milk, yogurt or ice cream and it costs twice as much, be sure to stop and thank your local grocery store for helping to run the farmers out of business.

Bear in mind, the shortage will come.

Brenda S. Nash


Same name, different person

I am writing to clarify recent articles regarding the Bank of Glen Burnie.

Your articles indicated that former attorney Michael Demyan and Neil Williams have filed suit against the Bank of Glen Burnie.

As evidenced by the numerous phone calls I have received, and from discussions with clients and friends, most are unaware that there are two Michael Demyans with offices in Glen Burnie.

hTC The Michael Demyan who is involved in litigation with the Bank of Glen Burnie is my uncle; although he owns an office building on Crain Highway, he has not practiced law since 1985.

I, on the other hand, am actively engaged in the practice of law with offices on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie.

I have not filed suit against the Bank of Glen Burnie nor anyone associated with the bank and, I am happy to say, the bank has not filed suit against me.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion with my clients, friends and family.

Michael Demyan

Glen Burnie

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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