Corruption is a crime, too
Even before his election to a third-term was an absolute certainty, Mayor Kurt Schmoke promised a "sustained, coordinated" anti-crime effort in Baltimore City. A most admirable goal, for sure. The mayor went on to say that the city-wide campaign against crime would be "very aggressive" and, also, would involve the police, housing, public works and recreation departments.
Mr. Schmoke also stated that he would retain -- among others -- housing chief Daniel P. Henson III and schools superintendent Walter G. Amprey. This fact should make his pledge to aggressively fight crime in Baltimore City relatively easy, since most of the crimes committed in Baltimore in recent years have taken place within the agencies headed by the two people.
Mr. Schmoke -- if this promise is to be kept -- must clean up his act and those of his henchmen like Mr. Amprey, Mr. Henson and others. Priority-wise this to me is more important than "aggressively" fighting against the dope dealer, prostitutes and the like.
Corruption in government is a crime, too. A most heinous one. My advice to Mr. Schmoke is to view "the forest" from a different perspective than he has during his first two terms. Maybe, if this is done, the "trees" won't continue to block his view of "the forest."
Louis P. Boeri
Curran deserves respect, admiration
I am responding to John Josselyn's sarcastic letter to the editor (Sept. 14) concerning the efforts of Attorney General Joe Curran on behalf of the citizens of Maryland.
Mr. Josselyn must have missed the civics classes during which the duties of the Office of Attorney General were discussed.
The attorney general serves as legal counsel to the governor, the General Assembly, the judiciary, all departments and many boards and commissions of the state, in addition to other duties prescribed by the Constitution. He was never intended to be a crime fighter in the manner Mr. Josselyn's letter suggests.
The accomplishments cited by Mr. Josselyn concerning mail fraud, consumer protection and many others left unmentioned, however, do fall under Attorney General Curran's purview. Mr. Josselyn's attempt to belittle these achievements is curious and invites one to question his motivation.
Mr. Curran is a dedicated public servant who deserves our respect and admiration.
M. Catherine Coble
MedEvac teams true heroes
Tom Keyser's article of Sept. 11, "MedEvac fights relentless ++ foe -- time," was a brilliant piece covering the not-well-known and taken-for-granted lifeline of our state's true blood. Not only was the article written with grace and professionalism, it was one that touched my heart personally.
On Aug. 22, shortly after midnight, a close friend of mine was transported via Trooper One to Shock Trauma. Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead on arrival, at just 20 years old. This article reinforced the belief that the $8 automobile registration fee is worth every penny, not even for your own life but for someone you may least expect to use this service.
You can also bet your life on knowing that Trooper One and the other 10 will try their best just to save one life -- yours. Even Cal Ripken Jr.'s consecutive games streak does not touch Trooper Walter Kerr's 2,000 plus missions. He should be the one getting the big rock, pool table and a new car.
No Pearl Harbor, no atomic bombs
In response to the diatribe of Richard Ochs (Saturday Mail Box, Sept. 2): The actions of President Truman in August, 1945, were necessary, right and just. Simply put: no Pearl Harbor, no Hiroshima and Nagasaki. No apologies now or ever!
All other factors become irrelevant. We veterans of combat have the obligation to teach our children and our generations to come history as it happened; not the revisionists' version supported by so many and obviously including Mr. Ochs. To those who choose to believe, no alibis are necessary. To those who would rewrite history, none would suffice.
Perhaps those who abhor capitalism so unctuously would be best served by living in a non-capitalistic country.
As long as there's a tomorrow, articles like Mr. Ochs' will continue to appear and the truth about our yesterdays must perpetuate themselves.
James T. Cavey
Bah, humbug! to the Ging-Grinch
Be wary of the Ging-Grinch who claims he will not steal Christmas -- can do it better than Santa Claus -- and promises to lay billions of tax dollars under the tree for the health insurance industry. Bah! Humbug!
Quentin D. Davis
I like the new paper. Best wishes!
Well done to the seven who wrote or contributed to the fine Sept. 18 article disclosing the facts that lead up to the Mark Clark murder-suicide.
I pray we will not let this horrible fate of five human lives be a complete waste by putting it behind us and trying to forget it.
Let it scream out to us the vital importance of a healthy mind.
I write to deplore your headline, "A loving father's tragic solution," first one to be seen in the "new" Sun. It showed a lack of sensitivity.
By using that phrase, you help perpetuate the mind-set that men who butcher their children are, in some way, justified.
Mark Clark was not "loving." He was twistedly obsessive and pathologically possessive.
Love does not beat wives, nor children, and most assuredly it does not slaughter them.
As a society, we have enough trouble with men who can't tell the difference between love and possession; do you really need to encourage them?
Karen M. Davis
While one can feel the anguish of Mr. Clark, our society must be given the message that what he did to himself and his family is not in any way a solution.
What he needed was counseling. Murdering five people (remember: suicide is also murder -- of the self) cannot be condoned.
Your headline, and the quote above it ("Mark loved Betty and he loved those children . . .") sends a subliminal message that in some situations even murder can be accepted.
Rabbi Ervin Preis
Mark Clark blows up his wife and three children and you call him a "loving father."
Sorry. No matter how many toys you buy on lay-a-way, killing your children pretty much knocks you out of contention for Father of the Year.