Mixed UpI find it amazing that the police have time to...


September 30, 1992

Mixed Up

I find it amazing that the police have time to arrest someone for buying baseball tickets below cost.

I find it even more amazing that Baltimore City has the funds to pay uniformed and plainclothes policemen to patrol looking for ticket scalpers.

On the same day that you published the ballpark arrest story a city police officer was seriously wounded. It seems to me that the police commissioner and the mayor have their priorities mixed up.

As a Baltimore City resident and taxpayer, I believe we should rescind the scalping law.

And if the city doesn't have enough sense to do this, it should change the law so that the police can issue a ticket summons, thereby freeing up valuable police time.

R.A. Bacigalupa


Car Thieves

This letter is in response to the apology offered to me by Ronald Hartman of the Mass Transit Administration after my car was vandalized at the Timonium Park and Ride (Letters, Sept. 10). While I accept his apology and hold no ill will toward him personally, I would like to make two points before I let the matter rest.

First, while Mr. Hartman makes a valid point by urging MTA commuters to do things like "removing keys from the ignition, locking all doors and removing valuables from view," I did all of this and still had a tire and wheel stolen off my car.

Second, when I wrote my first letter to The Sun in early August I did not know that the MTA police have no jurisdiction on the lot at the Timonium Park and Ride; that lot is owned by the county and thus the county's police have jurisdiction.

Therefore, if an MTA officer catches a thief that officer has no authority to make an arrest. If I had known this earlier I would have directed more of my anger at the county than at the MTA.

If Mr. Hartman's figures are correct (30 percent decrease in stolen cars during the first six months of 1992), this is certainly a step in the right direction.

As I said in my first letter, I realize the budget constraints local governments are currently under. However, it would take (in my opinion) no more than one or two uniformed Baltimore County officers to scare off many would-be thieves simply by their presence.

This would be especially true during Orioles games, during which I have read of several auto thefts and vandalizations since my car was vandalized.

Andrew J. Passman


Double Standard

The Maryland Catholic Conference states that Catholics for a Free Choice will not silence the bishops on the rights of the unborn any more than they will on other issues such as "civil rights, economic justice or world peace."

It is a double standard that the faithful have a right to question. It is they that will not be silenced.

Edna M. Myers


Solomonic Choice

The peace process in the Middle East appears to have been energized by the results of the Israeli elections. But the future still remains so uncertain that a breakthrough should be sought by all sides.

Without some meaningful step forward, the extremist attitudes will continue to thrive on accelerating frustration.

Without some abeyance of hostility, the ever-growing accumulations of weapons will become more dangerous for everyone in the region.

Indeed, the parties to the peace process are faced with a choice of biblical proportions.

On the one hand, they may remain on the current road of mutual hostility and an arms race; if so, at the end of that road they may face human losses in genocidal proportions as well as the loss of holy sites and beautiful lands.

On the other hand, they may choose compromise, in the spirit of King Solomon's wisdom, leading to the salvation of an inheritance for each party as opposed to the loss of life as it is known for everyone.

The path to compromise was laid out clearly by President Bush in his March 6, 1991, speech to Congress after the gulf war. It is a two-track policy which may be briefly described as the concession of land for peace by the Israelis and the termination of belligerency by the Arab states.

It is is pity that Mr. Bush abandoned his own prescription by pressuring Israel regarding settlements without exerting equal pressure on the Arab states for confidence building measures on their part as well.

Ultimately this two-track policy can only be accomplished by simultaneous acknowledgment of this mutually advantageous formula, and by simultaneous steps toward the implementation of each goal.

Hopefully, some of these moves might have been witnessed in the last few post-election weeks. One of the parties must gesture sufficiently to continue the peace process.

It has been said that the great practical value of an ancient heritage is that its contents have been forged in a variety of social environments over the centuries.

Now is the time for the peoples of the Middle East to select those teachings and historical experiences from their own

traditions that can save them from themselves.

Rev. Edward Heim


The writer is co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition for Peace.

Glorious Season

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