Honoring Top ScholarsOn behalf of the Harford County...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 13, 1993

Honoring Top Scholars

On behalf of the Harford County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, I wish to sincerely thank the sponsors who helped to make possible the 1993 Outstanding Scholars' Dinner.

Each year the delegation honors the top five graduating seniors from each county high school. This year, the honorees and their families gathered at the Harford Community College Chesapeake Center on May 12.

With the generous support of the following organizations, the delegation was able to recognize 55 students for their exceptional academic records:

Baltimore Gas & Electric; Comcast Advertising; Motorcycle Industry Council Inc.; Sweetheart Cup Company Inc.; Citicorp; Harford Mutual Insurance Company; Margolis, Pritzker and Epstein; Cello Corporation; Maryland New Car and Truck Dealers Association, and Maryland Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Also, Associated Contractors and Builders of Maryland; Baltimore Life Insurance Company; Comcast Cable Communications; Semmes, Bowen, and Semmes; Weinberg and Green; Boyle Buick, C&P Telephone; Frito-Lay Inc., and Hinder's Lincoln Mercury. . . .

Mary Louise Preis

Bel Air

The writer is chairwoman of the Harford County legislativdelegation.

Good Samaritans

On May 7, around noon, my mother fell outside of the White BTC Marsh Medical Center on Honeygo Boulevard. Three Good Samaritans -- a husband and wife and another woman -- stopped and assisted me getting my mother back to the Omni Eye Services for medical treatment.

Although we did thank them at the time, we would appreciate it if you would thank them again for us. . . . We would also like to express our gratitude to all of the staff at Omni Services for its much-needed and much-appreciated assistance.

To each and every one of you, thank you a million times. God bless you all and keep you in His care.

Elsie Dembeck

Marlene Borowski

Bel Air

Memorial Day

I enjoyed Joe Nawrozki's Memorial Day article about Vietnam War Medal of Honor winner John Baca.

It's important for us to keep in mind the true meaning of Memorial Day, and Joe's article did that for me.

R.A. Bacigalupa Jr.

Fallston

Open House

On May 23, the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps held its annual Open House in celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week. We would like to thank the following business and individuals who contributed so generously to make this year's Open House a huge success. They are:

Merrill and Susan Dougherty and Chesapeake Rent-All; John Andrews and Andrews Garage; John Zaurba and Carl Maffie and the Coco-Cola Company of Havre de Grace; Utz Potato Chips of Hanover, Pa.; Valerie Lloyds Studio Gallery; Rita Tarquini and Vigna's Restaurant; McLhinney's News Depot; Ray Hinchliffe and John Decker of Safeway Markets; Esskay Meats; Mr. John Moser; Dr. Rhee and Dr. Im of the Surgical Clinic and Key Federal Savings Bank for the use of their parking lots; the Record newspaper; the Hirsch Eye Group; DFC Waltman of the Harford County sheriff's office; PFC Mumpower and PFC Williams of the Havre de Grace Police Department; Sergeant Schilling of the Maryland State Police Bel Air barracks; Sergeant McCargo of Amtrak police; Fran Leedy and Harford Memorial Hospital; Harford County Emergency Operations and 911 Center and "Buddy"; Harford County Fire and Ambulance Association's Fire Prevention Committee; the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services; Friendly Oil Company; City Pharmacy and Kevin Kirby of Richardson and Associates.

We would also like to thank all of the citizens who came by. . . .

Mark C. Hemler

Havre de Grace

The writer was coordinator of the 1993 Open House of the Havrde Grace Ambulance Corps Inc.

Police And Fatalities: Whom To Blame?

I am writing this letter to voice my opinion and the opinion of many others I have spoken to concerning the coverage of the case which involved the shooting of a 14-year-old suspected car thief by a Baltimore City police officer.

I think your continual interviewing of the parents of this boy can only stir up ill feelings against the Police Department and glorify the criminal. Let's not lose sight of the fact that this young man, at age 14, was already stealing cars. There is no telling what he might have been doing by age 16 or 17. Where were his parents when he was out on the streets at 1:30 a.m. stealing cars? . . .

What would society have law enforcement do? Should they never draw their weapon to defend themselves? Should they try to tackle every fleeing suspect, and hope that when they do, the suspect does not have a weapon to use against them? Or should they just let them run away and do nothing? . . .

Police officers are not superhuman, nor are they mind-readers. They simply have to respond to a situation as they see it, most often with very little time to think. This young suspect had much more time to think about stealing that car than the officer did who tried to catch him. . . .

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