One Commuter's Park and Heist
On May 26 my father returned from his place of work to the Park and Ride location off Providence Road in Baltimore County; to his horror, his automobile was nowhere to be found.
His automobile was stolen in broad daylight, probably stripped within hours, most likely never to be seen again.
I placed a phone call to the Motor Vehicles Administration police to investigate whose reponsibility it is to patrol these lots. I was informed they are patrolled by both the MVA police and the Baltimore County police.
An acquaintance of mine, a former Baltimore City police officer, informs me that some park and ride locations are "hotbeds" for automobile theivery for quite obvious reasons. Most car owners leave their vehicles before 8 a.m. and do not return until after 5 p.m.
With a location such as the Providence Road Park and Ride, which sits right off the beltway, a theif could conceivably be out of state by the time folks return from their jobs.
If this alarming trend continues, perhaps the MVA would consider renamin the locations "Park and Heist."
Patrick R. Lynch
Your front page story May 31 about car thefts in the metro area was excellent, but it did not go far enough.
You should have reported on what happens when the culprits are caught and tried in the juvenile courts.
Historically, auto theft was considered a felony. When more and more juveniles became involved, the legislature, out of the kindness of its heart and the bleeding hearts of the juvenile justice system, had the law changed to a crime of "Unauthorized use" and the classification called a misdemeanor.
In juvenile court, quite frequently, the conviction results in probation, and in the extreme, "house arrest," where the juvenile wears a wrist monitor. From personal knowledge, the monitor system does not work.
For the 1991 session of the General Assembly, this writer proposed a law to State Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski which would mandate, upon conviction, a one-year delay in the right to get a driver's license.
Two convictions would mandate two years' delay. If the defendant already had a license, his license would be suspended for a year for each conviction.
This bill passed the Senate only to be killed in committee in the House of Delegates, because the chairman of that committee "did not understand" its purpose.
Senator Miedusiewski is to be commended for his interest in the matter. On the other hand, as far as the House is concerned, maybe a few delegates' cars need to be stolen before they can "understand" the need for legislation.
At a recent meeting, a police official from the Northwestern District stated that an average of 45 cars are stolen every day in the district. This is oneof the reasons why car insurance rates are so high. And, many times, insurance will not pay (because of depreciation) the full loss of the car.
Your article highlights the need for making car theft legislation the priority item in the 1993 session of the General Assembly.
Richard L. Lelonek
Light for Whom?
After reading your expose article on former Sun reporter Arch Parsons, I am beginning to doubt your "light for all" commitment.
It is the job of the journalist to report the news, giving equal consideration to all those involved. However, in reporting about Mr. Parsons' involvement in Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court, all of the statements made against Mr. Parsons outweighed his own defense.
The Sun did a horrible disservice to the great veteran by casting a dim light on the twilight of his career.
Mr. Parsons did an exceptional job reporting on Washington affairs for The Sun; and The Sun did an exceptional job on destroying his reputation.
When Mr. Parsons accepted the "buyout" and decided to retire, I do not recall seeing a Page-One article hailing his many lifetime achievements. Yet, when a book is written mentioning his role in Justice Thomas' nomination, The Sun writes an in-depth article on his involvement.
Mr. Parsons did admit to having a conflict of interest, but that does not give The Sun the right to tear down his reputation.
While the editorial page is littered with lightweight editorials about the upcoming presidential election, The Sun takes good aim on Page One and shoots down one of its former employees. Obviously, there is a lack of priorities in the office.
It is advisable that The Sun regain control of its priorities before its "light" burns out.
Kimberly Shuron Williams
Don't 'Lead' Her
According to exit polls, Americans want a strong leader who gets things done. To one who was there, this is a painful reminder that "leader in Italian means "Il Duce" and in German "der Fuehrer." They both got things done.