From: Lyle E. Sheldon

Senior vice president

Fallston General Hospital

We noted with interest the article headlined "State-of-the-art medical park is planned for Bel Air" in the Jan. 27 edition of The Harford County Sun.

Mr. Charles Shaw, director of operations for one of the major tenants, was quoted as saying that his firm was installing "brand-new state-of-the-art (diagnostic) equipment that is unavailable in Bel Air now."

As chief operating officer at Fallston General Hospital, we believe it necessary to clarify that statement, as it misleads Harford County residents with regard to what services are available to them.

Fallston General Hospital's Department of Imaging Services established one of the first nuclear medicine facilities in the state of Maryland, and our equipment in that area has kept pace with every scientific development.

In addition, our CT scanner is a third-generation, high-resolution unit barely two years old.

Our MRI is a mobile unit, again barely a few years old, that brought the first MRI services to the hospitals and to outpatients in the county.

Our mammography equipment is low-dose, the preferred technology, and multiview, and is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

The quality advantages of hospital-based imaging services represent peace of mind to the consumer, in terms of the regulatory review of our equipment, procedures and staff; our 24-hour on-call service capability; and the availability of immediate follow-up testing and a coordinated course of treatment.

Weappreciate having the opportunity to correct any misperceptions thatmay have arisen from the limited scope of the article.


From: Christopher Boardman


I deplore the military adventure which is exposing our soldiers to the danger of loss of life and limb.

These men and women do not belong on a punitive expedition that has already killed surely many innocent Iraqi civilians. Bring them home now!

I am deeply disappointed in President Bush and the Pentagon apparatus which is attempting to impose a military solution on a political problem in the Middle East.

The Middle East problems are serious, tangled matters that require patient unraveling and negotiation.

The old adage, "two wrongs don'tmake a right" (the second wrong being the massive carpet bombing ledby our government) is never truer than here.

More violence leads to heightened cycles of violence and recriminations, and in fact, ourplaying of the military card diminishes any future role we could have played in the future as a peacemaker.

The gloating of military commanders who point to their saturation bombing raids as if they wereplaying video games masks the deep and painful tragedy that this ill-considered campaign is bringing.

At the same time, thoughtful Americans who have not succumbed to the war frenzy have to wonder at thehypocrisy of the government.

If the Iraqi sanctions must be carried out by force, why not send punitive expeditions to Israel and South Africa to enforce those U.N. sanctions as well?

Instead, U.S. power is used to fight for oil fields and protect the fortunes of rich and undemocratic oil sheiks, but not safeguard human rights in other areas.

When the American people and our misguided president finally come to their senses, they, too, will start talking about peace andnegotiations.

But by then it will be too late for those who have needlessly died.

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