My question: When and where was the word "incubator" hatched to describe this type of endeavor?
To me, an "incubator" is a device offering a suitable environment to prolong the life of newborn infants and chicks. By what stretch of the imagination is a "food laboratory engaged in product development" now conceived as an "incubator"? I am a retired food scientist from the University of Maryland. In my professional career, I have never heard the word "incubator" used in this context.
I am not offended. Just curious!
Michael W. Paparella
Telling the other side of the pit bull story
I thought your July 16 article "Dogfights, attacks raise hackles" about the increase of dog fighting and raising pit bulls as vicious attack dogs in Baltimore lacked the counter-perspective that pit bulls when bred well and raised as family pets are very unlike the dogs you describe in the article.
The shame in all of this is that the drug dealers and organizers of pit bull fights seem to go on with their business while mistreated pit bulls are attacking innocent people, being shot by police and euthanized by Animal Control.
Outlawing ownership of pit bulls, as Prince George's County has done, seems to punish the breed and responsible owners rather than the intended targets.
I hope that tough laws and large fines for those caught misusing pit bulls in Baltimore will curb the problem and take the heat off this breed.
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Pub Date: 7/26/98