Remote CopAllow me to provide an example that illustrates...


June 06, 1994

Remote Cop

Allow me to provide an example that illustrates the reason Baltimore City police officers should be required to reside in the city.

Several years ago, my car was stolen from in front of my house.

The police received a call from an alert resident who spotted some young boys trying to drive, and the car was located several blocks away before I even knew it was missing.

The officers came to my house and took me to the car. The locks, ignition, and dash boaard had been demolished.

While one officer was getting the car started so I could drive it home, I asked him what type of theft deterrent the police recommended to keep this from happening again.

He responded, "Move to the county."

Margaret L. Steiner



After reading a May 28 letter from Thomas Maloney, I felt compelled to write.

Mr. Maloney, in his attempt to justify more handgun ownership, points to the Kleck-Gertz study that somehow claims that firearms are used to prevent 2.1 million crimes a year. How ridiculous!

If this were true, it would mean that 5,753 crimes were prevented yesterday by firearms, and 40,385 crimes were prevented last week.

With all this crime prevention going on, I thought I would check newspapers a little more closely to find out the details of some of these gun-wielding heroes stopping criminals in their tracks.

But alas, nothing in the papers and nothing on the news. Could it be that Kleck-Gertz has leaped to a truly unbelievable conclusion? Of course.

And for someone to cite this lunacy in an attempt to increase the insanity is truly sad.

David Miller



In his May 20 letter complaining of Stephen Wigler's review of the BSO concert featuring music of Grofe, Herbert, etc., Paul J. De Luca commits several fallacies. He writes that he ''would find it likely that the audience'' -- which he infers to be a monolith -- ''enjoyed this program more than . . . the Corigliano or Cyr symphonies . . .''

The mistake, of course, is his assumption that the audience for mine and Mr. Corigliano's music is the same audience that attended David Lockington's concert. The BSO season is designed to appeal to a broad variety of audiences, as an earlier letter by David Zinman took pains to make clear.

Mr. De Luca does not say whether he heard the Cyr or Corigliano symphonies he believes the audience would not enjoy.

But he is quite wrong on this point as well. The audience for my piece was both enthusiastic and vociferous, calling me back for two curtain calls Thursday night and three Friday night -- quite a respectable showing for a composer of contemporary music!

The Saturday evening performance of Corigliano's first symphony that I attended was similarly well received: several people where I was sitting gave it a standing ovation.

I find it amusing that Mr. Wigler's less-than-enthusiastic reviews of these two symphonies seem to have escaped Mr. De Luca's notice.

Gordon C. Cyr


Deadly Stretch of Harford Road

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because he wasn't on Harford Road.

Anyone who travels on Harford Road between Putty Hill Road and Joppa Road is well aware of what I'm about to write.

Harford Road has no traffic signals on this mile-and-a-half stretch. The road is four lanes wide with high-speed traffic. The posted speed is 30 miles-per-hour, but it seems no one knows this. The people leaving the beltway continue to maintain highway speeds.

At certain times of the day you can watch the endless river of steel flow by with no chance of being able to cross the roadway.

It is dangerous, to say the least, to cross in a vehicle. To attempt to cross on foot is nothing short of deadly.

Last year I saw the result of an elderly man's attempt at crossing. He was killed. Years ago my best friend tried the same thing. He was struck three times before he died.

Just last week I watched with horror as an elderly woman made it to the center of the roadway. She could not advance, and the brief gap behind her was now closed.

The busy mass of humanity had no time for her, no one slowed. I ran to assist her and help her navigate the treacherous southbound lane.

She made it OK, but not before three people blew their horns and one lovely young lady waved a one-fingered hello.

I called the state police and was told they don't patrol this section of roadway. The county police responded they don't have the manpower to continually watch one section of road.

What we need is a traffic signal somewhere in this area. Vehicles and pedestrians alike will then be able to cross this deadly road. The people from the east side of the road will be able to shop the west side stores, now off limits.

A traffic light is a simple solution. Why will no one act? Why has this been this way for so long?

Hopefully with the help of The Sun, people will be able to do what is now unthinkable: simply cross the street.

James E. Lorber


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