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Ernie Imhoff's May 7 story on the recent United Way Campaign was an excellent piece. As the third largest recipient of United Way funds, our organization knows firsthand how important its work is. We are a federation of 24 nonprofit health agencies that provide screenings, referrals, support groups and education, and fund research for new drugs and therapies.

Almost three-quarters of a million Marylanders depend on us. And we depend on the United Way Campaign. When United Way succeeds, we all succeed.

On behalf of the board of directors and all our agencies, we want to thank every individual who gave even a dollar.

And we want to salute the good work and progress by the United Way that has been achieved with Larry Walton at the helm.

Linda Cotton


The writer is president and CEO of Combined Health Agencies of Maryland.

Your May 7 article prompted me to express how important United Way allocations are to scouting programs. The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has to raise financial support each year.

United Way allocations supplement other revenues of the council and provide essential support for needed programs.

Thanks to United Way dollars, our Scoutreach program collaborative for more than 500 at-risk youth reaches young boys with positive values, leadership development, mentors and citizenship training in fun-filled, constructive alternatives to the streets. The Baltimore Scouts have been recognized nationally for three consecutive years because of innovative programming that the United Way and others support.

The United Way allocation of $493,500 supports our comprehensive youth development and Learning for Life school programs for more than 60,000 youth and 45,000 families. Our program has 15,000 adult volunteers.

The Boy Scouts are often taken for granted, but its programs are more relevant today and its impact on boys and girls has spanned the better part of this century, instilling preparedness and character in young people.

The public should know the United Way dollars work for all of us and support so many worthwhile programs.

Erik L. Nystrom


The writer is scout executive of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Remember the Maine? There is no mystery

In his article "Sinking remains a mystery" (April 23), Neal Thompson referred to the U.S. Naval Institute panelist as "two Americans, one Dane and one German." The implication of prejudice in that phrase is not worthy of The Sun. There were four Americans on the panel, and their places of birth are irrelevant, just as Mr. Thompson's is.

From the start, the story of the USS Maine disaster has been disassociated from the cold facts and the truth, and recently it has been infused with bad science.

For 100 years the "mystery" has been lucrative and easy to

maintain; the technical problems and reasoning involved were accessible only to a few.

Mr. Thompson's article is a prime example of how the "mystery" is maintained. When all the historical and technical facts are laid out, there is no mystery. There never was a mine. It was an accident.

Ib S. Hansen

McLean, Va

The writer is a consultant and former head of the protection and weapons effects department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division.

I've read Jimmy Carter, and Ashcroft's no Carter

Cal Thomas, in his May 13 Opinion Commentary, "The GOP's 'Jimmy Carter,' " shows that he must not have read any of Jimmy Carter's books to compare Sen. John Ashcroft to Mr. Carter.

Mr. Ashcroft is much farther to the right and more extreme than Mr. Carter. The former president decried the kind of "radical and exclusive truth" that Mr. Ashcroft espouses.

Al Buls


More reporting needed on Rita Fishers who are black

In writing about the death of Rita Fisher in "For some children, outcry from public is sadly missing" (Opinion Commentary, May 13), Ann Werps asks if "our horror and outrage" over Rita's murder would have been as great had Rita been black and living in Baltimore City.

My answer is yes. I pose to you her second question as to whether the murder of a black child in Baltimore City would receive so much media attention. Do these sad events receive newspaper coverage? I know they occur, but I do not read about them in your newspaper very often.

You have done an excellent job on Reading by 9 and on reporting on shipbreaking. It is time now to report about child abuse and inform your readers about how we as citizens can prevent it. Build on the horror and outrage we feel about Rita's death and provide us with information so we can reform laws, provide services and protect children. They are all our children, we all live here and it is something to each of us.

Sharon Serio


Forget Alan Greenspan, heed Joseph's predictions

The economy is booming. Governments are awash in money. Politicians are giddy with talk of spending sprees and tax cuts. While judicious spending on school and infrastructure repair is justifiable, tax cuts would be more sop than substance, and our wisest leaders know this.

I would implore these leaders to refer to the latter chapters in the book of Genesis in the Bible. Found there is the story of Joseph and his rise to power in Egypt. He has interpreted the king's dream to mean that the country would have seven years of sufficient rainfall resulting in bountiful harvests and plenty of food. But then, Egypt and other surrounding countries would suffer seven years of drought and meager harvests. It was Joseph's masterful plan to store food during the years of plenty to stave off famine during the years of drought. The plan worked.

Does this not speak to our leaders in the latter years of the 20th century during which we just happen to be enjoying the benefits of a robust economy? History tells us that weather, as well as all fortunes of life, economic and others, flow in cycles.

Would it not be truly advisable for our leaders to make doubly certain that we save enough of our current surpluses to help us get through the harder times that will -- as certainly as night follows day -- come to us again?

Such planning will, in the long run, be more greatly admired by the electorate than a plethora of ill-advised expenditures and meaningless tax cuts.

Thomas Groff


Farewell to a great actor, Braugher, of 'Homicide'

The Baltimore viewing area was blessed with a great and true actor in Andre Braugher (Frank Pembleton) of "Homicide."

He will be missed.

Paul Inskeep


Check stories for accuracy, and make them complete

When I read a May 7 story titled "Marine fliers resented altitude rules, instructor testifies," I thought I would learn why the altitude rules were "resented." As you would learn by reading the article, not a word about the reason is offered.

Another irritant occurred in the story about the Sumerian tablets ("Tablets preserve centuries of text," April 29). While the text decribes these tablets as being made of clay that was either sun-dried or fired in furnaces, the photo caption refers to them as limestone.

But limestone is not sun-dried or oven-dried clay.

You may take some solace from the fact that neither story originated with The Sun, but someone on your staff had to review them and approve their use. At least, readers assume that is the case.

John S. White

Stewartstown, Pa.

No risk for terminally ill to try cure for rat cancer

If I had terminal cancer, I would certainly welcome a rat-tested "cure." What would be the loss if it didn't work?

Hal Carmel


Reading by 9

The Sun is seeking letters from elementary schoolchildren about their favorite books and reading experiences. Selected letters will be edited and published in the editorial pages.

Letters should be no longer than 200 words and should include the name and address of the writer, along with day and evening telephone numbers.

Send letters to Letters to the Editor, The Sun, P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore 21278-0001. Our fax number for letters is 410-332-6977. The e-mail address is letteraltsun.com.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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