Use public funds to help train volunteer EMT's The...


January 28, 2001

Use public funds to help train volunteer EMT's

The Sun's article "Ambulance volunteers overwhelmed" (Dec. 19) examined a very real problem facing Emergency Medical Technicians and the Maryland counties they serve -- the viability of an all-volunteer system in the face of a growing suburban population and whether counties should supplement their volunteer EMTs with paid personnel.

However that is resolved, another equally important problem faces volunteers today: the lack of up-to date training.

Our highly dedicated volunteer EMTs are having trouble finding the time and resources to attend the emergency medical services training and certification classes necessary to maintain the high level of patient and emergency care that is now required.

For almost nine years, the Golden Hour Coalition has lobbied the state legislature to budget funds to help volunteers attend training and certification classes and provide incentives to their employers to allow the volunteers to attend the required emergency training classes.

The funds could easily come from the annual $3 million state subsidy that still goes to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Don't use tax dollars to subsidize the shock trauma center, which no longer provides the same high level of dedicated trauma care that it did while under state control.

Put those public funds where they will enhance the quality of emergency medical services: in up-to-date training for EMT volunteers.

Dick Johnson


The writer is president of the Golden Hour Coalition Inc.

Revising state's motto shows disregard for past

Officially sanctioned revisionism has now struck even the revered Maryland State Archives.

Instead of the state motto "Fatti Maschii, Parole Femini" meaning the long-accepted "Manly deeds, womanly words," state archivist Edward C. Papenfuse has done his reputation and that of his profession no good by pronouncing the motto on the state seal to mean instead, "Strong deeds, gentle words" ("No longer manly, state seal uses gentle words," Jan. 12). At best, this twists the original to fit current notions of political correctness.

At worst, it not only changes the translation and thereby the actual meaning and social derivation of the state founder's family motto, but opens the door to yet more historical revisionism -- in the name of making the fuzzy-minded feel better about the past.

If we learn from history, we may be able to continue its good without its repeating its mistakes. There was and is nothing right or wrong with actual truthful history only with avoiding it.

The original translation, "Manly deeds, womanly words" accurately reflects the concepts of noble strength and soft gentility for each sex, as they were idealized for centuries.

Those characteristics were idealistically imbued in the sexes, not the words themselves. And there lies a critical historic distinction we avoid at our peril: To continue with such concocted revisionism can only lead us far away from understanding what really was going on.

Mr. Papenfuse should be ashamed of himself.

Frank Pierce Young


Liberals are forgiven for their trespasses

Susan Reimer's column "What adultery? Jesse Jackson's first sin is pride" (Jan. 23) castigates the Rev. Jesse Jackson for his sexual misdeeds and complains about his quick return to business as usual.

Isn't this the same Susan Reimer who lavishly praised the Olympic athletes for their record breaking use of condoms not too long ago ("For athletes, scoring meant protected sex," Oct. 3)?

Ms. Reimer should know that moral and ethical behavior ranks very low, or is completely non-existent, on a liberal's agenda.

So when a leading member of the left-wing liberal forces commits a moral or ethical misdeed, then mouths a well-spun apology and quickly returns to power, more popular than ever, she should be neither surprised nor offended.

Reverend Jackson, who probably learned from President Clinton (or is it the other way around?), can be assured that his popularity among his ultra-liberal constituency will rise.

Just look at Mr. Clinton; the two of them represent the kind of leaders liberals adore.

If a famed conservative had committed similar or lesser transgressions, that person would not only be shunned by his or her conservative constituency but the liberal media would have a field day criticizing both that person's his misdeeds and conservatism.

I can only imagine what would have happened had John Ashcroft been found guilty of such an "indiscretion."

Ron Parsons

Glen Burnie

We're `free at last' from Clinton's misrule

Free at last, free at last from the lies, deception and the immorality in President Clinton's Oval Office.

It was best said by columnist George W. Will: "Mr. Clinton is not the worst president the republic has had, but he is the worst person ever to have been president" ("The legacies of a president," Opinion

Commentary, Jan. 12).

L.O. Warfield


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