Inhaler-sharing pupil helped demonstrate the danger of...

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Inhaler-sharing pupil helped demonstrate the danger of asthma

Stories such as the one about Christine Rhodes' saving a fellow asthmatic's life by sharing her inhaler point out the seriousness of asthma and the need for education of those with asthma and everyone who interacts with them.

Asthma is the most common serious chronic illness among children and is the leading cause of school absenteeism attributed to chronic conditions. According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma rates have increased 75 percent between 1980 and 1994.

Brandy Dyer and Christine Rhodes are just two of more than 87,000 children in Maryland who suffer from asthma. The American Lung Association of Maryland provides asthma-management programs to children with asthma in an effort to prevent episodes and emergencies.

Open Airways for Schools and Camp Superkids, a residential camp, teach these children and their families how to control asthma. Effective use of medication, relaxation exercises and the ability to recognize conditions that trigger asthma are part of these programs that allow children with asthma to lead more normal lives.

We applaud Carroll County for its foresight in allowing children to carry emergency medicine with the signed approval of physicians. As this event proves, asthma can be life threatening.

Stephen M. Peregoy

Timonium

The writer is executive director of the American Lung Association of Maryland.

Sever U.S. support of Israel until it extradites Sheinbein

As a Jewish person who came from Argentina 40 years ago, and as an American citizen, all I can say is that I feel very ashamed to help Israel every time some organization asks for money.

The reason for this is Samuel Sheinbein. This 17-year-old accused criminal is trying to escape justice, and Israel is helping and protecting him.

If it were in my power, I would cut any aid to Israel until Samuel Sheinbein is extradited to the United States, where he can be tried under our judicial system and by our laws.

Jaime Flaks

Randallstown

Crime has beaten the pride out of being from Baltimore

Recently, I had a lovely morning at the Monet exhibit at the Walters Art Gallery. The mayor welcomed me via tape, and I was delighted to see this special exhibit in Baltimore. I almost felt proud to be a citizen of the city.

I say almost because when I went to put change in the parking meter across the street from the museum, my car window was shattered into a million pieces of glass, my cellular phone was gone and my car radio vandalized.

On Aug. 7, I was assaulted and robbed a few blocks north of there, at Charles and Chase streets, while walking to the Belvedere Hotel for dinner after a group of us had enjoyed a lovely evening at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I was taken to Mercy Hospital with a mild concussion.

What's going on here Mr. Mayor, Mr. Commissioner, Mr. Central District Commander?

In one year I was beaten and robbed and had my car vandalized -- all within six blocks. Two different museums. Two times unsafe. Two times too many.

Am I still proud of Baltimore? What do you think? I can't go to a cultural event without getting attacked. The "City That Reads" is a living nightmare. I'm not proud to be a citizen of Baltimore.

Carolyn S. Cohen

Baltimore

No anti-business slant in Sparrows Point report

In response to James W. O'Reilly's letter ("Report on Sparrows Point shows anti-business slant," April 30), Mr. O'Reilly should know Bethlehem Steel is not building a $300 million factory.

What's being built is a modern cold-rolling mill. If it wasn't for the United Steelworkers of America, Bethlehem Steel would be shutting down Sparrows Point.

I recommend the following books, "Sparrows Point: Making Steel, The Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might," by Mark Reutter, along with "And the World Finally Came," by John Hoerr.

The working people of Maryland should be grateful that Sun reporters like Sean Somerville apply themselves.

LeRoy R. McClelland Sr.

Baltimore

Eldridge Cleaver took path he believed right for times

In response to Gregory Kane's opinion of Eldridge Cleaver's death ("Cleaver: Not a positive role model," May 6), while I do not condone Brother Cleaver's path of fulfillment for life's injustices, I can understand it.

Being a black man growing up in the 1950s and 1960s was not easy. When people are oppressed, they seek a change in the system, either peacefully or through destruction.

Let the man rest in peace. He had his day in the sun and ended up in the shadows of the past. I chose a different route to escape the turbulent streets of America. I went to Vietnam instead.

John Hardin

Baltimore

No more honor for veterans if Memorial Stadium falls

Americans who perished during two world wars were honored in 1954 with a tastefully reconstructed Colosseum. This monument was named Memorial Stadium. It is now proposed that it be destroyed and replaced with something that would produce revenue.

It has been suggested that a part of the facade be salvaged as a replacement for the memorial. This could work as a site marker but it is hardly a fitting substitute as a remembrance for the young who died.

Have we become utterly callous? Respect for the dead seems to have been relinquished to dividend production.

Might not practicality soon suggest we build on Greenmount Cemetery, an even larger piece of little-used real estate? Residents there can't complain.

Tylden W. Streett

Baltimore

'Porgy and Bess' thrilled audience at the Meyerhoff

My husband and I were fortunate to have heard "Porgy and Bess" in concert at the Meyerhoff.

At the end, we were left with a desire to see a staged performance with the same excellent cast. However, the revelation of the evening was the soprano, Janice Chandler. From her exquisite singing of Clara's "Summertime," to the role tTC of Bess, rendered with great beauty of expression and technique, she thrilled the audience.

Many young sopranos come on the scene, but it is rare to find one with such exciting presence.

Shirlee Aronson

Baltimore

McIntosh, Rosenberg sent bad message on social work

In reference to the May 6 letter to the editor from Delegates Maggie McIntosh and Samuel Rosenberg, "Higher pay, lower caseload will protect children better": Did Rita Fisher lose her life because caseworkers are underpaid and overworked?

Suppose our police officers and fire fighters felt the same way?

It has been my experience that before most adults accept a job they know the duties and the salaries involved. Most every day, working people do not expect to be rich, even if they stay on the same job 20 years.

Ms. McIntosh and Mr. Rosenberg are sending the wrong message to all future social workers.

Marguerite E. Horne

Baltimore

Illegal antifreeze dumping toxic and must be enforced

Recently, my beloved cat "Little" died from kidney failure caused by the ingestion of antifreeze.

I'm writing this letter to educate your readers about the dangers of improper disposal of this deadly chemical.

Just as we have laws prohibiting the use of phosphates and the dumping of other toxins, there should be some way to ensure environmentally safe behavior with antifreeze, too.

I blame the Saturday afternoon car tinkerers, who haphazardly dump their refuse liquid into storm drains, ignorant of the potential risk not only to the cat next door, but to the ecosystem as a whole.

Responsible pet owners should petition our legislators for stricter laws regulating toxic wastes and send a message to chemical companies by buying only pet-safe antifreeze and similar products.

Most antifreeze has a sweet taste, which cats and dogs relish, but a few little licks will kill them.

Leslie Beard

Baltimore

Pub Date: 5/13/98

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