Editor: William Pfaff's May 23 article, "Both Sides Need Push on Palestine," is completely naive. How is it possible that Mr. Pfaff failed to mention in the slightest way the necessity of negotiations between the half-dozen Arab countries that are at war with Israel? Israel is not at war with any of them.
If there is to be peace in the Middle East and a resolution of the problem minimally, there have to be two-track negotiations. One direct negotiation between the countries and one between Israel and the Palestinians. It is completely naive to think otherwise.
! Alleck A. Resnick
Editor: Recent articles in The Sun on such diverse issues athe wetlands, the banking crisis, public health spending, the growing numbers of impoverished children and NASA's space-station woes are all early signs of "budgetary brown-out," as a result of the massive federal deficit and the interest payments on that debt.
We must act now to provide:
(1) Major reorganization and streamlining of the federal government to target a prioritized list of problems. The problems listed above and others show clearly that the bureaucratic federalism of the earlier parts of this century is not serving us well at the present time.
(2) Practical and innovative solutions to the federal debt issue. Correction of the debt will clearly have short-term problems associated with it, but long-term avoidance of correction and acceleration of the debt our current course will lead to disaster.
Editor: As a person who is grievously concerned about the lack of equal rights for the unborn, I was deeply offended by KAL's portrayal of Justice David Souter in The Sunday Sun May 26. Also, I was not in agreement with your editorials on the subject.
Betty L. Schien.
Not at Fault
Editor: As an employee of CSX Transportation Co. and the individual who has to handle the reporting of train accidents for one of the nine divisions that make up the CSX system, it was very disheartening to see the picture and article published in the May 30 issue of The Sun.
As it has been shown and written, it would appear to the public that the CSX train involved was at fault. This article would have been accurate had it been entitled "Tractor-trailer causes extensive damage to train" instead of "Train topples truck rig." It fails to indicate that the tractor-trailer crossed in front of the moving train, nor does it state the driver was issued two citations for reckless driving and failure to yield the right-of-way.
CSX Transportation and, I'm sure, all rail industries of this nation spend millions of dollars in an effort to educate the public about highway-railroad grade crossing safety. The bottom line being that your life is worth the few minutes wait it will take for the train to pass.
While this train was traveling at a slow speed, approximately 5 miles per hour, it was pulling 15 loaded cars and 8 empty cars and weighed 2,222 tons. Even a train this small cannot stop in time to avoid hitting a vehicle that crosses in front of it.
It took about six hours to handle the necessary paper work involved in this one incident alone. It would have been far more satisfying to have read how this incident really occurred.
Terry L. Lentz.
One Very Special Oriole
Editor: There is a lot of talk about the unworthiness of professional athletes and the lack of positive role models in the world of sports today.
Many athletes seem generally arrogant, aloof and distant from the very fans who keep them in business. Still others have succumbed to addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling and the like. Well, I met one the other day who is a genuine human being, worthy of the attention of all of us who believe that human beings are all basically in the same boat struggling to keep afloat and sailing toward home.
Having (embarrassingly) run out of gas on the beltway (with my four-year-old son in the car), I was panic-stricken. I would have to walk along the beltway with my son in tow until I could find a way up an exit to a phone.
As we began walking, a car stopped and out stepped Dave Johnson, asserting that he was "with the Orioles" and could help us if we needed. He was on his way to Children's Hospital but was a little early for his appointment. I remembered the name but couldn't recall the face. I took a chance because I was worried and he looked familiar and seemed trustworthy.
Dave Johnson did everything in his power to insure that my son and I were able to get going again -- including pouring the retrieved gas into my tank with a broken funnel from the gas station. I can't imagine a more pleasant "stranger."
I am forever in his debt and forever a fan of one very special Oriole. Thank you for being a friend, Dave. Thanks also for remaining a genuine human being.
Baltimore. Editor: My heart and sympathy go out to the many families who have lost their young children in automobile accidents.
However, for the life of me, I cannot understand why parents give children the gift of automobiles at the ages of 16, 17 and, yes, 18.
The children may be outstanding, even leaders in their classes at school, but when put behind the wheel of a car all education flies out the door.
On top of this, people who have driven automobiles for many years with no accidents on their record are having to pay higher car insurance because of so many accidents, many by teen-agers and drunken drivers.
V. W. Martin.
Talk to Teachers
Editor: I was glad to see Daniel Berger's column, "What Schools Don't Need Is Another Revolution," May 25. I thought he hit the nail on the head on all points.
If the politicians and school administrations in our country are really serious about finding a solution to the education problem, why don't they talk to the teachers?
There is definitely a need for smaller class size. Students could then get a good education without using any other great plan. The discipline problem would improve, the faster students could get more attention and the slower students could get more attention.
Also, many excellent teachers have left the profession because of the exhausting hours created by large class size and the stress of the behavior problems.