Why Harford Still Needs a SheriffMichael Burns'commentary...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 14, 1994

Why Harford Still Needs a Sheriff

Michael Burns'commentary, "A Job for the Sheriff" (Aug. 3), detailed other counties' down-scaling of their sheriffs' offices. He noted that "Harford is the only metropolitan county where the sheriff is still the chief law-enforcement officer." What he fails to point out is that, at present, Harford County voters have only two alternatives. They can stick with the status quo, or they can turn control of a newly created county police force over to Eileen Rehrmann.

County law enforcement must be directed with deliberate, controlled expertise. Ms. Rehrmann has neither the experience nor the demeanor for the job.

Carl Klockars' letter to the editor concerning the opening of the headquarters of the People for a County Police described a classic example of the way Ms. Rehrmann conducts her affairs. Like the Wicked Witch of the West, she sends her gang of winged monkeys ahead to scout out the terrain and bully anyone who may be considering voicing a dissenting opinion. The only thing missing was Ms. Rehrmann flying overhead on her broom and skywriting, "Surrender Sheriff Comes."

An administration that is incapable of above-board deliberation and thoughtful dignity is certainly not the one to be entrusted with the responsibility of law enforcement. It could prove to be hazardous for all of us. And Toto too.

Frank W. Soltis

Fallston

Vote on Sheriff Issue

[Michael Burns'] article "They'll Take Stands, Except on this Issue" (July 31) . . . leads one to believe that the candidates and incumbents running for local and state government (in Harford County) were side-stepping the issue regarding a county-wide police force vs. the present sheriff's department. He stated that many of the political hopefuls avoided this issue when filling out The Sun's questionnaire by answering, "The voters will decide this issue and I will abide by their decision."

I noticed that one candidate, B. Daniel Riley, took exception to that article and wrote a retort. Mr. Riley is, I believe, a candidate for the House of Delegates in the 34th District. He stated: "Too many times, the voters do not have the opportunity to directly decide the major issues confronting them. Most of the time, they are made by a pocketful of politicians."

I'd like to say, AMEN! I couldn't have said it any better. . . . Mr. Riley is a presently a candidate not an incumbent. Based on his comments, it's apparent that he is acting as a voter and feels that a matter this important should not be left in the hands of our present politicians/incumbents. . .

Joy Harper

Edgewood

Strike Three, Who's Out?

The coming baseball strike will be strike two for the players, but strike three for the fans that may not return after the bitter disappointment of being shut out.

As fans (and yes I'm one of them) we try to go along with the sometimes ridiculous happenings that take place in sports. We watch the players and managers blowing bubbles, we listen to the announcers describe the ills and the pains and aches of the athletes who go to bat, hit the ball and then have someone run for them. . . .

Come on fans, get with it, stop feeling sorry for the players and feel for yourselves. It's your money. . . .

William A. Chenoweth

Bel Air

Auto Theft Rates

I wish to comment on an article in the Aug. 3 Maryland section regarding the reported 51 percent increase in car thefts for the first half of 1994.

I believe the rise in car theft can be attributed to the low arrest rate (20 percent to 30 percent) and the court system.

The court no longer treat auto theft as a serious problem. This can be seen in an article in the same issue of The Sun that said a Columbia man was sentenced to one year (meaning 4 months because of parole) in prison (with good food, no work, full health care, paid education, free weight-training and free rent) for his part in the theft of 23 vehicles.

I would not consider this sentence a deterrent by any stretch of the imagination. Car theft causes many innocent deaths each year because of reckless driving by the thieves, be it for fun and excitement or by trying to outrun the police.

. . . Until auto theft is taken seriously by the courts, we will continue to suffer increases in auto theft and the loss of innocent life.

Lawrence F. Snair III

Bel Air

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