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Higher ed planners must keep in mind UMAB's great value

As state officials and members of the General Assembly work to strengthen Maryland's public higher education system, they must be careful to preserve and maintain the University of Maryland, Baltimore's ability to pursue its growth, which is spawning an economic rebirth of Baltimore's west side.

On any given day, 25,000 students, teachers and staff members are drawn to classes and work at UMAB's 33-acre urban complex that is the only exclusively graduate campus in this state's higher education system. The school educates most of Maryland's doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, nurses, dentists and social workers.

New businesses are developing from its technology transfer programs and medical, scientific, legal and social research.

The university has opened a health sciences and human services library that is the second-largest medical library building on the East Coast. It has completed a building for its nursing school; several other facilities are planned.

UMAB's growing, vibrant campus and its key downtown location have given Baltimore's leaders, economic developers and business investors a compelling reason to redevelop the corridor near the university.

State higher education policy-makers must also be sure to recognize that UMAB is a unique resource among Maryland's impressive roster of public higher education institutions.

Donald P. Hutchinson

Baltimore

The writer is president of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Christmas Day was good for Sun

The Sun should be highly commended for two fine items in the Christmas Day edition. The first was the editorial in which you note many different reasons for celebrating Christmas but get to the heart of it by making reference to the miraculous birth of a baby ("The holiday spirit is what you bring to it").

The second item was the column by Clarence Page on the gross injustice of the justices ("Supreme Court strikes blow for injustice"). Such discrimination should never have any place in the country's justice system, let alone its highest court.

There is still no substitute for the truth. I'm glad The Sun is doing it right.

Robert G. Larimer

McKees Rocks, Pa.

Trying to give GOP credit not deserved

Cooky McClung's letter about the so-called Republican push ("Poor getting back on feet because of Republican push," Jan. 5) offers further proof that after six years of taunting the most effective president in U.S. history, even the proudest of Republicans has little more to boast of than some imaginary push that never happened.

Like the drug epidemic, the crime rate, unemployment and inflation, welfare never seemed like such a hot political item when it appeared to plague only the black community.

It wasn't until it was realized that more whites than blacks were on welfare, more whites than blacks were victims of crimes and more whites than blacks were affected by unemployment and inflation that the Republicans began to push for anything.

As for being proud to stand with the president, I'll take a Democratic president who lies about his private life but runs the country like a true world leader over two upstanding Republicans of strong moral character who left the country in ruins.

Grafton K. Gray

Baltimore

A 'Bergerism' falls prey to country's nasty mood

I usually agree with and get a chuckle from "Bergerisms," but Dan Berger's hateful and just plain nasty comments about Delaware being a "two-bit" state were uncalled for.

It seems the general tone of nastiness that has pervaded this country of late has infected even your most reasonable writers.

Marylu Manning

Baltimore

Country knows how others would have acted in scandal

Washington political hacks hell-bent to remove the president from office might well ask themselves two questions:

If I had adulterous affair (certainly not an "if" for many) and wished to avoid embarrassment and rough sailing for myself and my family, would I admit to it before a grand jury?

Having my political career and place in history to protect, would I admit to the affair before the public and grand jury?

The American people seem to know the answers.

Richard Berman

Baltimore

Up-and-coming performer from city's best-kept secret

I was delighted to read about the success of Eric Anthony Bates in J. Wynn Rousuck's theater article "Baltimorean appears in 'Rugrats' " (Jan. 4). I enjoyed watching Eric Bates in many productions at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

But few people probably know that he was a hit as a "FanFest Kid" during the 1993 Major League Baseball All-Star celebration. He appeared at the FanFest, the workout and the seventh-inning stretch of the game at Camden Yards.

It was easy to spot his talent then, and it's not surprising to read about his achievement in his professional debut.

I applaud The Sun for focusing on such wonderful success stories. You can be sure many more successes will emanate from the best-kept secret in Baltimore, the Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Charles Shubow

Owings Mills

Life after radiation is tough but livable

I read with interest the article "Childhood cancer cures come with a cost" (Jan. 4). It states that doctors are trying to learn what the long-term effects of cancer treatments are. I know because I had cancer 45 years ago, at age 18 months.

I was among the first to survive a Wilm's tumor, a fast-growing, deadly cancer that attacks the kidneys of young children. My right kidney was removed, and I underwent 45 radiation treatments. I went for almost 40 years with just a huge scar around half my waist and an ugly radiation burn "rash."

After the birth of our last child, I started having increasingly bad back problems, including incapacitating spasms.

The area where I had received the radiation had become sunken and my spine distorted. A chiropractic radiologist diagnosed it as radiation-induced spinal degeneration. The vertebrae were basically crumbling, and the muscles on that side had turned to scar tissue.

But I am functioning well (few people know I have a problem), thanks to the grace of God, an excellent chiropractor, whole-food supplements that have slowed (or stopped?) the degeneration and a gifted physical therapist.

Cancer patients need to realize that radiation and chemotherapies often have dramatic -- even disastrous -- side effects down the road. But there are ways to fight those side effects.

Oh yeah. My mother was told I'd never have children. My husband and I have five healthy children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Karen McIver

Laurel

Citizen input doesn't count, and not much history is left

I write in support of County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger's effort to eliminate citizen appeals from administrative decisions of county agencies for the destruction of historic structures.

Indeed, I suggest the county eliminate citizen appeals from all administrative decisions because such appeals are a waste of time unless the appellant citizen is one of the executive's major political donors or somehow connected to such a donor.

The destruction of Baltimore County's physical and historic environment is fairly complete. Appeals from county decisions to permit the destruction of another small part are pointless and give citizens a false sense that they have a voice in the future of their community.

If Baltimore County citizens want to save what is left of our heritage, they must stop wasting time, money and energy pursuing useless appeals of administration decisions and start supporting politicians such as T. Bryan McIntire who listen to constituents and try to return some power to the people of Baltimore County.

Harold H. Burns Jr.

Baltimore

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Pub Date: 1/10/99

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