Battle over Kosovo is not a conflict that U.S. should...

Letters to the Editor

February 27, 1999

Battle over Kosovo is not a conflict that U.S. should enter

As a military retiree with combat experience in three wars, I would find the president's edicts to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and the Kosovo revolutionaries the height of folly if not for the danger of inserting our already depleted military into another civil war that is none of our business.

The questions arise:

Will Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright's repeated farcical threats of U.S. or NATO military intervention stop anything? Who the heck is she (or our draft-dodging president) to make threats?

How are we going to bomb the Serbian army without killing hundreds or thousands of innocent civilians who live near military bombing targets and have no way to leave or nowhere to flee?

What is the administration trying to achieve?

If U.S. or NATO troops go into Serbia, they will be attacked by the Serbs, if not by both sides, and become involved in an open-ended guerrilla war. Remember the flow of body bags from Vietnam? I do; I darn near came back in one.

What are we going to do when allies such as Germany and France see casualties and pull out? How do we get our troops out?

Sure, people are getting killed over there. On any given day, 40 or so wars are fought in the world. Unless we're going to spend our entire budget and wipe out our armed forces stopping all 40 wars, let's keep out of other people's fights.

Chuck Frainie, Woodlawn

Nations turn too quickly to violence as an answer

Thank you for your recent coverage of international events, particularly our bombing of Iraq and the unfortunate killing of demonstrators in Berlin.

In conflicts, personal, social or national, people so often resort to violence. Many would do well to renounce violence, at least as a tactic, if not based upon personal conviction.

But if we consider war, or the use of violence, it will be better if we know our objective, and we clearly understand the stake.

Frank Kasper, Baltimore

Private foundations not controlled by UM

During the past year, The Sun has expressed, in articles and on the editorial page, concerns about private foundations in support of our public universities in Maryland. This sentiment was once again on display in the article "Foundations at UM given tighter rules" (Feb. 6), which wrongly characterized all of Maryland's independent foundations as being under the control of officials at University System of Maryland headquarters.

I quote the article: "They are all run out of the University System office and are essentially independent of the campuses."

Your readers should know that there are several private, independent foundations in Maryland -- at Towson University, the University of Baltimore and at Salisbury State University -- which are not directed by system headquarters, but work closely with their host institutions. There's also the University System of Maryland Foundation, which maintains accounts for the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and several other universities in Maryland.

Our foundation at Salisbury State University has been in existence since 1981. The activities of the foundation are under the control of a private, independent board of directors. The foundation annually signs an agreement with the university in which the concerns of the Board of Regents and statewide university officials can be taken into account with respect to the obligations and the privileges the foundation enjoys.

Martin E. Williams, Salisbury

The writer is executive director of Salisbury State University Foundations Inc.

Thanks for donations to United Way fund

Kate Shatzkin's article "Record Year for United Way" (Feb. 19) inspired me to applaud the good work the United Way is doing in funding much-needed services and programs in Central Maryland.

Combined Health Agencies of Maryland is a federation of 24 voluntary health charities that receives funding from the United Way of Central Maryland campaigns.

Through the United Way, our health charities provide many health programs, support groups, community outreach and medical research. We help hundreds of thousands of Marylanders every year.

When the United Way benefits, we all benefit. We are grateful to everyone who donated even one dollar.

Sue Lovell, Baltimore

The writer is chairwoman of the board of Combined Health Agencies of Maryland.

Kudos to Sun, technology for Maryland section

Compliments on the front of The Sun's Feb. 17 Maryland section. The photograph at the top of the page looks just like the artwork of Edward Hopper. To top it off, the photograph of the two-alarm blaze on the bottom of the page looks like a painting by Reginald Marob.

Of course, the new technology of color printing gets part of the credit.

Marjorie K. Greenebaum, Baltimore

Legislators make excuses to scuttle ethics reform

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