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Say it in YiddishThe April 24 front...

Say it in Yiddish

The April 24 front page article concerning the Baltimore Police Department's problems with the Ford Taurus as a squad car brings to mind the Yiddish word for "woe or misfortune":

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Tsouris."

Jack Meckler

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Randallstown

Immigrants

Get ready, America, for a flood of welfare cases and crime coming from Haiti.

Suddenly the gates have been opened, and almost everyone from the poorest country in the Western hemisphere will be trying to get on the next boat to Florida.

Naturally the hard working taxpayers will be paying the bill for the additional public assistance, education, health care and prison expenses for masses on their way.

What will the bleeding heart liberals cry for next? Perhaps airlifting into America the thousands of refugees fleeing Rwanda.

With the world population increasing exponentially and arms becoming easier and less expensive to obtain, I think the world will see plenty of wars and misery in the 21st century.

Eventually the United States will have to cease being the 911 service of the rest of the world or become a bankrupt welfare state itself.

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Am I racist for wanting to keep the surge of Haitians out of the country? I think not. I'll be the first to welcome anybody who is young, healthy, educated and who speaks English into the United States.

David Shackleford

Baltimore

Humane death

John Thanos had two death options -- gas or lethal injection. He accepted the latter, as most condemned prisoners do, because it's a "humane" method.

But medieval Germany had the most humane method. And the executionee wasn't given a date for his extinction, or a lengthy choice.

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When the prisoner was let out of his cell to perform his daily ablutions, the executioner, hiding in an alcove or side passage, would surprise him with a fatal whack on the back of his head with a large wooden mallet.

Death was instantaneous and painless. Even our lethal injection method doesn't come close for humaneness and for lack of apprehension on the victim's part.

But regardless of Grim Reaper's choice, Seneca told all: "The day which you fear as being the end of all things is the birthday of your eternity."

Ralph Ruark

Westover

Politicizing sexual harassment

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When conservative Clarence Thomas was accused by liberals of sexual harassment, the entirety of the feminist movement and outraged liberal media saw no problem with ignoring the statute of limitations and of believing every word from Anita Hill's mouth.

When liberal Bill Clinton is accused by conservatives of sexual harassment, the entirety of the feminist movement and the completely annoyed liberal media see a terrible problem with the fact that the statute of limitations is nearly expired and believe deeply that all this is politically motivated.

Is the harassment of women to be reduced to a merely convenient political attack, valid only when used by certain groups with particular agendas?

Or should the right of women (and some men, too) to be free of sexual harassment remain an issue important enough to transcend the simplistic nonsense of partisan politics?

It seems to me the allegations of Paula Jones, regarding events of but three years ago, against someone with a sadly growing reputation for vulgar womanizing, should be treated with at least as much respect as those leveled against a man with no such sleazy reputation, concerning events alleged to have taken place nearly eight years prior to the charge being made.

It seems to me the crime of sexual harassment is about to be trivialized, by the left, into mere politics. It is to be made into "merely" a weapon used whenever convenient, to get people who don't follow along meekly, espousing acceptable views and positions.

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It seems to me the crime of sexual harassment should be treated seriously. It must not be allowed to be politicized.

In this instance, it is the left that would trivialize it, simply to escape the reality of accusation. (Granted in some other matter, it could well be the right.) We must not allow this to happen. Harassment transcends politics.

It seems to me there is such a deluge of sexual charges growing against this man, our sitting president, that there is very little need to attempt to defend him by destroying the validity of the crime.

Unless you are so blindly in need of defending the indefensible, or so blindly leftist that you cannot see the point being made, it is time to stand up and protest this sorry, pathetic hypocrisy.

It seems to me the country can grind along, somehow, even with this business going on. It seems to me we cannot afford not to demand that it go on.

Douglas B. Hermann

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Baltimore

Compassion and crime

Wiley A. Hall's commentary May 3 on Jacqueline McLean has touched off a spark in me.

People like Mr. Hall have contributed to the problems in this country today. He advocates compassion for the criminal, instead of punishment.

He stated that "we have become a very vindictive people, intent on wreaking vengeance on wrongdoers, on punishing them to oblivion.

"We are wringing compassion, humanity, the opportunity for rehabilitation out of the criminal justice system.

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"And, I believe, the senseless violence sweeping through our cities and the escalating criminal records of the typical offender are the result."

Where has he been? Only recently have the law-biding citizens called for "punishment" to fit the crime. People are fed up, and this behavior is a result of the senseless violence, not the cause of it.

I am so happy that he at least called the violence "senseless." That is the only thing that makes any sense in his column.

This country has tried compassion for many years. We have listened to reasons for illegal behavior. Poor home life, poor schooling, no fathers, drugs, babies having babies, etc.

We have coddled our prisoners, hindered our police, tied up the courts, refused money for more jails, put up with leniency by judges, worked every angle to get the criminal off, and started new programs to help the disadvantaged every year.

Nothing seems to help. We have tried, tried and tried. Maybe not enough, maybe too much. But we have failed to rehabilitate, for whatever reason. The crime wave keeps getting worse. It's time for change.

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Let's go back to where we were when we had only five or six murders a year, when people could sleep in the parks on hot nights, when our children could play ball in front of our houses, when we could ride the transit system without fear, when we could walk the streets at night as well as during the day, when stores didn't have to have bars and bullet-proof glass.

Maybe we were doing something right.

It's time we went back to punishment. No slap on the hands, no probation, no shortened jail terms. Just plain ordinary punishment. Then we can have compassion and rehabilitation.

Mr. Hall stated that Mrs. McLean was elected as the first black and first woman to be comptroller of Baltimore mainly on her record as a successful entrepreneur, promising to infuse the office with business sense and to champion the cause of minorities and women.

Since when should the office of comptroller champion any cause except what is best for the city? She was elected by all races and genders for the good of the city and to look over the financial matters of local government.

Let's say that she was there to champion these causes. As an entrepreneur, she failed. If she is guilty as charged, she also failed as a so-called champion of minorities and women and failed the rest of the citizens of Baltimore.

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Should we have compassion for everyone who fails and turns to crime?

I have compassion for Mrs. McLean's depression, but when did she get depressed? Having compassion for her depression is one thing, but not for her alleged crime.

Is Mr. Hall calling for "compassion" for all criminals? They all have reasons or excuses for what they do.

It's time to think about compassion for law-abiding citizens and clean up this senseless crime wave.

Donald Bullock

Lutherville


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