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Four Steps to the Fountain of Youth

Liz Atwood's column, "Sobering Changes in the State Capital" (April 16), was exciting. But let's not wait for our legislators in Annapolis to create mandatory jogging lanes or outlaw steaks and butter.

Instead, as responsible citizens, Republicans, Democrats, whatever, let us work as individuals to cut soaring medical costs. If we all do four simple things, we could cut medical costs by at least 50 percent in less than 50 years:

* Don't smoke.

* Drink sparingly or not at all.

* Eat sparingly, but eat a balanced diet.

* Exercise regularly.

Can we? You bet. Last year, I attended my 50th high school reunion and more than half of my class was there. No one smoked, yet I would judge that 65 to 75 percent of the men smoked at one time (including me), and perhaps 25 to 35 percent of the women. . . . Now, let's get after excessive booze, excessive flab and excessive inertia. In 50 years or less, the results could be profound.

Tom Gill

North Beach

Bullish Bowlers

I was surprised to see the pessimism expressed about the future of duckpin bowling in your April 19 article, "Company Bets on Duckpin Revival."

The National Duckpin Bowling Congress is very bullish on its future. Duckpin bowling is a Baltimore institution. Most of your readers have bowled duckpins, at one time or another, and their interest remains high.

There has been a downswing in the past several years, but the economy has been down and disposable dollars were limited.

Today, duckpin bowling is on the upswing and this is a very good time for investment in our industry. Congratulations to Frank Ladyani for making more lanes available.

Whether it is a night out with the "guys" or "girls" or a family gathering, duckpin bowling is still one of the most inexpensive ways to spend your entertainment dollar.

Chuck Lavin


The writer is executive director of the National Duckpin Bowling Congress.

Adaptive Budgeting

The Anne Arundel County Infants and Toddlers Program wishes to express our appreciation to you and TaNoah Sterling for the most informative article which she wrote on our program's cooperative effort with the carpentry class at the vocational-technical center, Applied Technology North in Glen Burnie.

With our awareness of budgetary concerns for programs at local, state and federal levels, we felt it was particularly timely to highlight this effort.

With the technical skill of the carpentry students and their instructors and $200 from donated funds to the Infants and Toddlers Program, we were able to make available adaptive equipment which would have cost approximately $7,500 to purchase. What an incredible savings.

Also we would like to clarify an important point in the article. It stated that 25 percent of our students have physical disabilities. Actually 40 percent of the children enrolled in the program have physical disabilities and 25 percent require some type of adaptive equipment.

Thank you again for your attention to this cooperative endeavor.


Glen Burnie

The writer is program manager of the Anne Arundel County Infants and Toddlers Program.

Disabled Workers

I'm writing to thank the businesses of Anne Arundel County for giving people with disabilities the chance to contribute to their community. In doing this, they have been able to improve their lives in so many positive ways.

It is a pleasure to be able to work with supervisors and business owners who are receptive and open to our program and our consumers. United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland has always tried to provide the business community with hard-working and reliable individuals.

It is my job to make sure that the individual I have placed not only enhances that business economically, but educates co-workers and the public. It is so important that we realize the value of a person with a disability and what they have to offer. Luckily, many are becoming more aware of people with disabilities thanks to the businesses that have hired my consumers.

Again, thank you to the following businesses: Old Country Buffet, Great American Car Wash, Giant Food, Safeway, Fresh Fields, Blockbuster Video, Michael's Eighth Avenue, St. Andrews School, Chesapeake Printing and Mailing, Meridian Nursing Home, Army and Air Force Exchange, Cleaning by Riley, Hardee's, Fred's Restaurant, K mart, Wal-Mart.

Ellen McClanahan


The writer is program coordinator with United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland, Inc.


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