It's time to leave law enforcement
After reading the letter "Tirado deserves death penalty" from Ginni Wolf, wife of slain state trooper Cpl. Ted Wolf (Forum, Aug. 5), I have concluded it is time to leave the law enforcement profession.
Mrs. Wolf makes a valid point when she writes that law enforcement officers will no longer be willing to give their lives to protect the community.
Perverted interpretations of the Constitution, perpetual criticism from liberal activist organizations and the proliferation of civil law suits are but a few of the things prompting police officers to question the validity of their occupation. Now as a result of the Tirado decision, police officers and their families are questioning the validity of their very lives.
The court and community have sent a clear message to our law enforcement professionals. Collectively they are saying that the life of a convicted murderer is more valued than that of a police officer.
As the proverbial "thin blue line" continues to blur, perhaps the community will become more cognizant as to the plight of its law enforcement professionals.
It is with no regret that I leave the uniform behind. It is with deep regret, however, that I recognize we have become such a society.
Persons planning to purchase an automobile (new or used) may avoid later problems by checking the repair and service reputation of an auto dealer before purchasing. A brief investigation through regulatory agencies of the number and type of complaints filed against a dealer will show which dealers to avoid.
My recent unpleasant experience with a dealer who claims to do the most for buyers suggests that potential buyers should not be blinded by the glitter of clever advertisements and should pay more attention to the reputation of a dealer to whom they are going to pay thousands of dollars.
Give equal coverage
It is my observation that Bruce K. Price, Republican candidate for mayor, has failed to receive as much media exposure as the other candidates for this office. The little exposure he has been given has not been entirely beneficial. In my opinion, all candidates should receive equal treatment by the media.
Candidates should be judged on their ability to perform as public leaders. However, voters base their decisions largely on what they are presented through television, radio and newspaper. If these sources of information give unequal and/or unfair coverage to the candidates, candidates like Mr. Price will fail to be judged for their potential.
This kind of favoritism on the part of the press does not provide the citizens of Baltimore with an open opportunity to select the most desirable candidate. Rather, with public judgment clouded by slanted representations, Baltimore may suffer the loss of the most qualified elected official.
I note in your editorial, "AIDS: facts and fears" (Aug. 7), the statement that "the chances of contracting AIDS from an infected physician or dentist are 1 in 41,000."
This is the third newspaper article I have read in the past month making this erroneous statement. In the same edition of your newspaper an article entitled "Emotion, politics seems basis for Schaefer AIDS test stance," the following paragraph appears: "Susan Goering, legal director of the Maryland affiliate for the American Civil Liberties Union, says testing is overkill, since there has been only one health-care provider, a Florida dentist, shown to have passed the AIDS virus to patients."
Should you care to check the facts, I think you would find that the figure 1 in 41,000 refers to the chances of contracting the AIDS virus after a blood transfusion (refer to the Centers for Disease Control statistics) and not from a health-care provider. The chances of the latter are one in millions, as indicated by the statement of Susan Goering. By publishing such erroneous data, you are contributing to the current hysteria over testing health-care workers for the AIDS virus.
Louis A. Fritz
Stadium to museum
As the last season at Memorial Stadium winds down, our focus turns to the construction progress at Camden Yards. Our national pastime will continue unabashed in the face of controversy over a name for the new ballpark.
In baseball the most unique figure of all time was George Herman Ruth, one of Baltimore's most famous sons who became the premier symbol of how the game was played. "The Babe's" achievements were monumental awe inspiring and even today set aside for special recognition at the old homestead on Emory Street.
We could paint a line between "Ruth" Stadium and the Babe Ruth Museum, connecting two great attractions for tourists and fans alike.
Can we really call the new Orioles park anything else?
Gene L. Michaels
wish to respond to Tamara Levitas ("Cadet surfeit," July 25):
Please don't call midshipmen "cadets." West Point wouldn't like it either.
As to the "antics of the graduates," my son was a member of the graduating class and I spent the entire commissioning week in Annapolis in May (not June). I saw no "antics." What I did see were color parades, band and glee club concerts, air shows, baccalaureate services, receptions, dinners and dances.
Those entering the academy are no different from the students and graduates of the three schools the writer mentions in that they are sincere, hard-working young men and women who will go on to serve their communities well.
Charles J. Murphy