R-E-S-P-E-C-TI applaud Sara Engram's Nov. 14 column, "What...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 06, 1993

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I applaud Sara Engram's Nov. 14 column, "What Ever Happened To Respect?" Civility, respect and manners are essential qualities that must be part of every family or household where people live and interact together.

Adults need to set the right example for their children by treating each other with courtesy and kindness. Children are influenced by what they see and hear at a very early age.

If they witness and experience physical and verbal abuse at home, what can you expect of them as young teen-agers and finally grown adults of our society?

If children can't express and share their thoughts and feelings at home, where they should feel safe, secure and loved by an emotionally available adult, then you can expect them to act out their anger, frustrations and hurt at their schools and on the streets.

The cycle can end when responsible caretakers become educated to the fact that positive change needs to begin at home.

Paula Baziz

Pikesville

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Sara Engram cannot find "respect." She did not seek it where it is. Respect shines forth in the Baltimore City Community College, Inner Harbor. I am an ancient lady taking my fourth course inside those walls. Courtesy is the watchword. In my long, long experience, I have never seen such courtesy.

It is more than mere civility. My classroom seems to constantly disappear, so I often ask the students for directions. Always they say: "I'll show you."

Not a pointed finger, but a guide. It starts at the top, for when I got off the elevator on the ground floor and could not find a set of double doors, a gentleman saw my dilemma and escorted me to them.

I learned from Rose, the lively registrar, that he was the college president. These are serious-minded students, seeking an education among their peers.

Mary-Paulding Martin

Baltimore

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What ever happened to respect? The same thing that happened to discipline and responsibility. If there were discipline and responsibility there would be respect.

Philip Myers

St. Margarets

Plenty of Blame

Blaming the British Army for the sad state of affairs in Northern Ireland is like blaming the U.S. Army for the mess in Somalia.

The human rights violations in Northern Ireland are primarily the fault of the Catholic and Protestant radicals who inflict mayhem and murder on each other with sickening regularity.

It is not the British Army that is setting off powerful bombs in crowded public places. The gunmen who killed fathers in front of their children were not soldiers in anyone's army; they were simply murderers.

The British Army is in Northern Ireland to maintain peace. If it were precipitously withdrawn, there would be civil war before the last soldier departed.

Absent the British Army, the world would see the worst slaughter since the Turks annihilated the Armenians.

Much of the blame for the human rights violations in Northern Ireland belongs on this side of the Atlantic. The Irish Republican Army, which has the blood of thousands of innocents on its hands, receives substantial financial support from Americans.

Local and national politicians in the U.S. share much of the blame too. It's easy -- and frequently politically popular -- to blame the British.

If Americans need someone to blame, there is plenty of blame to be found right here. Those who paid for the bombs are as guilty as the terrorists who detonated them.

W. A. Heidecker

Severn

Courageous Cops

I have worked with the Prince George's County Police Department in many areas as a victim coordinator.

I have seen first hand the abuse, both physical and mental, doled out to police officers. Upon one occasion, both the officer and I were spat upon, roughed up and even threatened if we testified in court.

The strain on all police on a daily basis is more than the public can ever imagine. People expect them to be in all places at once, regardless of the volume of crimes at any given time.

I have seen defendants file charges against officers when it was the defendants who were completely out of control.

Prince George's County has been blessed with superb chiefs in the years I have lived here. The community programs developed in the last few years, which bring citizens closer to cooperating with the police, have been outstanding.

The citizens police academy program which I attended has made all of us more aware of the difficulties and problems confronting law enforcement officers every day.

It is a wonder anyone in their right minds would have the courage to enter the police academy.

We are riddled with violent crime in our county and could use twice as many officers as we presently have. Yet there will always be those who criticize the efficiency of the force, regardless of the increase in crime and shortage of officers to keep up with this crime.

Mary Jane Cook

Upper Marlboro

Solomon's Victims

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