Medical PracticeRe the May 28 business section...


Medical Practice

Re the May 28 business section story, "Hospitals in feeding frenzy for doctors":

I started a solo practice from scratch, and it has grown phenomenally.

I am saddened to think that Dr. Herbert Muncie, head of the family medicine program at the University of Maryland, is convincing graduating residents that "you probably couldn't survive [setting up a practice]; you probably couldn't get the capital to do it."

Greater Baltimore Medical Center guaranteed my loan from First National Bank, and the rest is history.

After 11 years of higher education or more, graduating residents need not give up hope of ever practicing exactly the way they want in favor of absorption into the bowels of mega-corporate medicine.

If they look first and are willing to do creative problem-solving, they can go into practice privately.

This is a tremendous benefit to their patients, who are not suffering under quotas and practice guidelines set by profit-hungry executives.

Medicine is not about keeping money in the hands of share-holders. It is about a compassionate doctor taking excellent care of his patients.

Doctors can just hang up their shingle if they're graduating. They can give me a call and I'll tell them how.

The real power is in their healing hands. Why cuff them to a corporate ladder?

#Theodore Carl Houk, M.D.



As an Army veteran of the greatest land, sea and air battle in history, at Okinawa, I was pleased by your May 29 editorial, "On Memorial Day."

I also served as a Department of the Army civilian there from 1964 to 1972 and got to know many local survivors of the battle. Whenever I have the opportunity, I try to explain the significance of the struggle there.

It seems that most people with an interest in World War II know of the death of President Roosevelt in April 1945 and of V-E Day the following month. Many of them seem ignorant of what was happening at the time on Okinawa.

Your editorial did an excellent job of placing the battle into its proper context. However, you erred in writing that our 49,000 casualties included "7,613 killed in action." That figure is the sum of the 4,675 Army and 2,938 Marine deaths.

It does not include the 4,907 Navy personnel who were killed in the battle. Adding those to your figure gives the correct total of 12,520 American deaths on and around that small Japanese island.

Japanese casualties were far worse, of course. Tens of thousands of Japanese soldiers were killed in the battle. Nor was there any escape for many of the local civilians. The Okinawa Prefectural Office estimates that about 94,000 of them also died during the terrible slaughter.

Is it any wonder that President Truman wanted to use all available resources to end the war as soon as possible?

eon K. Walters


Riding the Rails

Three cheers for Fred Rasmussen and his May 14 Perspective article on American railroads.

As he points out, trains are the cheapest and most efficient way of moving people and goods, and the least polluting.

I would like to add that they are also the safest. When a rail disaster with a number of fatalities hits the front page of The Sun, I wish there could be a footnote saying how many people were killed on our highways that day.

Eleanor N. Lewis


Setting Sun

It is with deep sorrow that I recently learned of the passing of The Evening Sun.

Several years ago, the staffs of Baltimore's two daily papers were combined. Most articles in the morning paper were also printed in the evening paper.

It soon became clear to readers of The Evening Sun that the end was in sight. How unfortunate!

It is a shame that the Baltimore metropolitan area cannot support two daily newspapers.

Is it not ironic that the citizens of Baltimore, "The City That Reads," no longer have a choice of local newspapers?

Elizabeth A. Brown


Socialist Trap


A letter in your May 19 edition caught my attention. Richard Ochs wrote that "the Vietnam war strengthened communism and weakened the U.S." I agree with Mr. Ochs on this point, but I disagree that it can be blamed on capitalism.

All modern economic systems are based on some form of capitalism. The question is, "Who controls the capital?"

Today, it is the global financiers and industrial cartel members who control the capital. They love socialism because it puts all power in their hands. The rest of us just survive.

The only type of economy that our Constitution supports is the free enterprise, laissez-faire system that the global financiers so ably exploited in our halcyon days.

When Mr. Ochs said he and thousands of other U.S. youths repudiated capitalism and converted to socialism, I realized the big-time manipulators had gained many new followers. Perhaps we touched upon the real reason for our involvement in Southeast Asia. Are we falling into a trap in which we sacrifice our constitutional freedoms for the promise of socialist security?

Socialism benefits only the wealthy and the lazy. It works only until the working class has been taxed into submission. True communism has been tried in various places until the young and the strong tired of supporting the rest. It failed again and again because human beings need an incentive to produce more than the basic needs for survival.

All of this does not take into consideration that down through the ages a small, gifted minority has always exploited every situation, always amassing control regardless of the "ism" we attach to the particular economy.

When America grew into the kind of economy that gave most of us a much higher standard of living, it wasn't because of climate and natural resources. It was because we could keep the fruits of our labor. The incentive to work was there.

Now, when most of what we earn is taken away by taxes and inflation, which benefits only the rich and lazy, we find ourselves back in the commune again, like it or not.

Many well-meaning people have fallen into the socialist trap. In the end we will be enslaved by the kind of governance that has always oppressed mankind down through the ages.

For a brief, shining moment, we had something wonderful in this country. We would still have it if people realized what it is they have ignored all these years while following the socialist siren.

Our elected representatives have sworn to uphold our Constitution. We must make sure they are keeping their word.

First, however, we must get a copy and read it, especially the Bill of Rights. Many have paid the ultimate price to keep us free. Let's not fall into the socialist trap.

David Lopoten


Darker Deeds

Your May 27 article on the final auction of items from the Cloisters has again cast light on one of the city's darker deeds.

Sumner and Dudrea Parker spent a lifetime traveling around the world to acquire interesting artwork, artifacts and curiosities. They built the Cloisters expressedly for the purpose of displaying their collection.

Whatever legal agreements the city may have made with Mrs. Parker's estate, it is unimaginable that she would be pleased with the current situation.

The city of Baltimore accepted the role of steward for the house, its contents and the surrounding property.

Now the grand old building stands empty, stripped of virtually everything that could be moved, including the kitchen cabinets. Sold piece by piece by various auctions, their million-dollar collection has been blithely scattered to the winds.

The money obtained by this process will not be used to restore or renovate the Cloisters. Instead, it will go to support the city's children's museum, no doubt a fine cause but certainly not the Parkers' intention.

Despite its highly questionable actions, the city makes the self-righteous claim that it is seeking to honor the Parkers'


Given the circumstances, such an assertion can only be taken as a joke in very poor taste. Indeed, the city's hollow words heap insult upon injury.

There has been much discussion lately about whether or not the Maryland Institute of Art has the right to sell the Lucas collection.

Why is the city allowed to betray the Parkers with so little outcry?

Jeffrey A. Savoye


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