Trooper murder shouldn't be pawn in debateIn the immediate...

LETTERS

November 05, 1995

Trooper murder shouldn't be pawn in debate

In the immediate aftermath of the murder of TFC Edward A. Plank, Gov. Parris Glendening told The Sun that, "This terrible tragedy serves as a grim reminder that gun violence can strike at any time, day or night, and that no one is immune."

Attentive readers noted, no doubt, that a citizen armed with a gun apprehended one of the suspects in the crime when the man broke into his home, thereby demonstrating the value of firearms in the hands of law-abiding people.

Giffen B. Nickol

Bel Air

'Traffic calming devices' work

In response to Mike Burns' column of Oct. 1 concerning the installation of speed humps in Harford County, I would like to point out an error in his evaluation.

Numerous studies throughout the country have shown that stop signs placed strictly for the purpose of speed control do not work.

Unlike multi-way stop signs, traffic calming devices are installed to maintain an established speed (25 mph) over a set length. The speed humps installed on East Ring Factory are a pilot project developed by the Department of Public Works and based upon design standards done in other parts of the country, including the Baltimore metropolitan area. The humps along East Ring Factory Road are planned to remain in place for one year, after which the program will be evaluated. Preliminary results have shown a 5-6 mph decrease in speeds at locations between the speed humps.

I do support your column in one respect; that there should be the voluntary compliance with traffic laws, not only for one's own safety, but for the safety of fellow motorists. If motorists would simply obey the speed limit in residential areas, the Department of Public Works would not be embarking on the traffic calming pilot program and the sheriff's department could concentrate on preventing or solving more serious crimes.

William T. Baker Jr.

Bel Air

The writer is director of the Harford County Department of Public Works.

Farrakhan stood up when others wouldn't

The propaganda that has been generated about the number of persons who attended the march in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 16 is not an issue worth debating. The point of unity has been demonstrated to the American people. Black persons, too, can form an alliance to further a cause without violence or animosity.

There are many persons who have used the doctrine preached

by Minister Louis Farrakhan as the reason for not participating. The media and a lot of so-called prominent black persons used Minister Farrakhan as a reason to denounce the march. But, in reality, they could have participated, citing what they were seeking, just as Minister Farrakhan put forth his doctrine.

Whether I am one in a million or one in 400,000 is not the point; what is important is that I am one who is unified and empowered to move beyond petty criticisms to work for a greater good.

Howard A. Jackson

Joppa

When will the debt be paid?

This is to thank Clarence Page for his Oct. 17 column on the Opinion * Commentary page, "The crisis in black -- and in white -- leadership." I, too, hope Colin Powell or someone with his vision and potential are willing to run.

It's not often I read one of Mr. Page's commentaries that I find I can fully agree with. I sometimes detect an underlying thesis that there is an unending debt owned to American blacks because of the many years of slavery.

I'm a second-generation American. My grandfather migrated to this country as a poor man with a sixth-grade education and became a successful truck farmer. My father was able to get a high school education and became a technician or gray-collar worker. I was the first and only one of my siblings who got to go to college and I became a career Army officer. Both my sons were able to go to college although only one chose to finish.

My point is that after two or three or however many generations, the debt is paid as well as any debt is ever paid in this world. The debate needs to be over how long blacks are entitled to special economic opportunities. I don't think it has quite been the two generations I had, but there has to be a limit for the rest of society to accept any program of special opportunities.

John Andrighetti

Abingdon

The end of Harford County's Sun: Shame, degradation, confusion

As a former newspaper reporter and now as a county government employee, I have three words to say about The Sun's decision to shut its Harford County bureau: shame, shame, shame.

Susan Collins

Abingdon

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With the recent publicity and marketing regarding the restructuring of The Sun, I was shocked to understand in the light of day the true meaning behind the slogan, "Wake up to a new Sun." In Harford County, we are demoralized to discover that means we will be waking up to "no Sun" as I understand management has decided recently to close its Harford bureau.

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