Moving ViolationsEditor: C. Fraser Smith's timely article...


June 23, 1991

Moving Violations

Editor: C. Fraser Smith's timely article on the Opinion * Commentary page on the risk to citizens from 500 additional Baltimore City parking meters -- proposed to raise revenues through fines -- was very good.

The inspiration for this action by the city fathers must have come from elsewhere, since many have learned, to their distress, that the Towson library parking lot had become a veritable feasting ground for parking maids and men.

The infraction of over-parking seems slight, however, when other violations, principally speeding, have largely gone unnoticed. When did we last see someone pulled over for a moving violation? If revenue is a motivating force, that derived from speeding violations would seem to generate a treasure trove.

Of course, there are some pretty tough-looking customers behind the wheel of cars hurtling along Charles Street and Northern Parkway in my neighborhood and, in spite of the fact that reckless driving imperils innocent lives while over-parking doesn't, it seems that imposing a fine in the silence of the time passed at the library is less risky than confrontation for the sake of public order.

Robert Patrick Adams.


Get the Message

Editor: Jonathan Zimmerman's, June 14 Opinion * Commentary article in The Sun, "Amotivation and Other Syndromes," is a clear message to all parents. The failure to invest in our children, our greatest legacy, has been a costly mistake financially and emotionally.

Mr. Zimmerman writes about the millions of dollars which have been spent educating and treating children on chemical dependency. No doubt, many of the dollars are spent on unnecessary programs and therapy, because money will attract unscrupulous characters. He cites studies, dollars spent and so forth. But the greatest danger to our young people is the abdication of the parental responsibilities, not the programs and all the statistics.

Unfortunately, nothing gathers attention more than a crisis, and PTC that is exactly what is upon us. Everyone is now budget-conscious and looking for targets to shoot at.

In this case, it is like shooting in the mirror. For until parents learn that they must not compromise on the greatest commitment of their life, the target will not fade. Great comfort is always found in shifting blame to someone or something less personal. It's time for each parent to help his or her children live, love and enjoy life with all of its imperfections.

When we decide to help our children more, as parents, the schools will be able to prepare our children academically. In the meantime, we should all challenge school boards, politicians and other responsible officials and programs to provide positive, academic learning experiences.

Stephen B. Tabeling.


Stop Your Engines

Editor: It seems as though automobile emissions are the latest contribution to the diminishing health of our Chesapeake Bay. Nevertheless, many people care less about the long-term environmental health of our watershed than they do about keeping cool.

A recent weekend, I witnessed at least six parked automobiles with motors running, two of which were unattended. One man sat in a parking lot for ten minutes with the windows opened and the motor running.

Granted that lately Baltimore weather has been horrible. It is understandable that people would want to escape the heat and humidity.

But leaving a motor running to keep a car cool is tantamount to dumping sludge directly into the bay, while spewing greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting CFCs into the atmosphere unnecessarily.

When will we wake up to the consequences of our actions? Motorists, stop your engines.

Tom Vitrano.


Unfunny Simon

Editor: Roger Simon's May 31 column in which he concluded that all psychiatrists are crazy was in very poor taste.

To this psychiatrist, his biting humor was not funny, and, in fact, was potentially harmful.

People who are working usefully in psychotherapy would be annoyed but not unduly affected.

Such an article, however, if read by someone who was very much in need and contemplating seeking help, could be enough to make him hesitate or back away.

Barbara Young, M.D.


A Lawyer's 'Fun' and Drunk Drivers

Editor: I was recently quoted by Joel McCord in The Sun with respect to the John Glaser case. In that case, by paying a $35 ticket, the defendant's sentence of five years for automobile manslaughter was reversed on the grounds of double jeopardy.

I have an ethical duty as a defense attorney to vigorously pursue any defense that my client might have. I did so in this case. I clearly enjoy my work as a defense counsel. In this sense it is ''fun.''

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