The Truth About The Ford CaseI will not stop looking into...


July 18, 1993

The Truth About The Ford Case

I will not stop looking into the William Ford case until the truth is known. There are so many questions, and most of the answers seem to lead back to the Ford family and the $400,000 lawsuit settlement.

While I was reading The Sun, I saw where the sister of Mr. Ford just happened to have written 15 pages of notes about her phone conversations with her brother during his stay at the Detention Center. Not to be outdone by The Sun, The Aegis reported that there were 20 pages of notes. Who knows? Maybe Mr. Ford's sister is still writing notes; there might be 25 or 30 pages by now. Has anyone investigated the sister's notes to see if they are consistent with the truth, or did the county attorney just take her word for everything that she wrote?

Sometimes reality can be distorted when there is monetary gains involved. Take the incident with Pepsi-Cola, for instance. Pepsi-Cola didn't just hand out money because people said that they had needles in their Pepsi cans. Instead, they investigated each and every case. Our county attorney should have done the same. It seems as though our county attorney thinks that the best defense is to have no offense.

If County Executive Eileen Rehrmann takes over the Detention Center and Sheriff's Office, the initial cost will be $279,000. Then, it is going to cost the taxpayer an additional $104,000 per year -- plus the $400,000 for the Ford settlement. I guess my question of how much will the executive's quest for power cost has been answered. It seems as if the state's attorney is the only one with enough sense to realize that the takeover may not be in the

county's best interest.

As of this writing, there have been no county officials to stand up and show support for the officers at the detention center. The sheriff is the only elected official to come forward and support the officers involved in the Ford case.

I guess the fact that the detention center has always been a model of excellence for correctional institutions all across the country must mean very little to county officials. . . . The county officials scream mismanagement, but the Harford County Detention Center, under the direct supervision of Sheriff Robert Comes, is one of the best. I think enough has been done to try and destroy a good man and the good deputies in his office. . . .

The scales of justice will be balanced when this is over. I only hope the truth gets as much air time as the lies did.

Richard L. Minnick Sr.

Bel Air

The writer's son is one of the guards alleged to be involved in the Ford case.

NAACP Apology

I notice that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People expects Baltimore to accept its apology for stating its intention of supporting Charlotte, N.C., in that city's quest for an NFL team (saying that its original announcement was misinterpreted by the press). But Denny's public apology to the black Secret Service personnel was not only not accepted, a lawsuit against the restaurant was set into motion.

And, by the way, shame on Denny's for caving in to what amounts to blackmail by the NAACP in forcing an agreement with Denny's to hire more blacks and make franchises available to them. . . .

Vivian P. Pezold

Bel Air

Two Rogers

Roger Simon just doesn't want to let up on President Clinton. Which of the Schizophrenic Deities wrote "The Timing of Attack" column of June 30? Good Roger, "the all-American Boy" or Bad Roger, the cynical, evil inhabitant of the Simon psyche?

Whichever, instead of wasting a whole column belly-aching, let him tell us how President Clinton should have dealt with this specific Iranian event so we may all enjoy the benefit of his munificent wisdom. Better yet, give both Rogers another two weeks' vacation or send them off on hiatus back to write a book or something.

Walter A. Ottensmeyer

Bel Air

Pay Raise

Jeffrey Wilson, Theresa Pierno, the New Jersey transplant, and Susan Heselton sponsored a bill that would have increased their salaries by almost 50 percent over the next three years, and then quietly withdrew it. According to The Aegis, the bill was killed by a "lack of support." It might be more accurate, if less charitable, to suggest it died of embarrassment. Were they hoping we wouldn't take notice? Sorry kids, we all saw you with your hands in the cookie jar.

The most obvious outrage is that they understand the job's requirement and compensations when they signed on. They made an agreement with the taxpayers and then tried to sweeten their half of the deal after the fact.

The county's teachers are expected to be happy with the pay they receive, however inadequate, because they are so richly compensated by the fulfillment and altruistic satisfaction inherent in serving others. Should we expect less nobility from our County Council?

It appears we must, for two reasons. First, the teachers are certified and qualified to do the jobs they do, and secondly, the council members in question have proven themselves to be nothing more than politicians. As the saying goes, "Every politician, when he leaves office, ought to go straight to jail and serve his time."

Frank W. Soltis


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