Drug dealers counting bags of cocaineThe recent decision...


November 21, 1995

Drug dealers counting bags of cocaine

The recent decision by State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy to increase to 30 small bags the amount of drugs an individual can possess before he is charged with a felony is a tremendous mistake.

By making it easier for drug dealers to make bail, this proposal will mean more dealers on the street. Unless Ms. Jessamy believes that once dealers are arrested they will somehow see the light and not sell drugs in Baltimore City again.

In the days since Ms. Jessamy's announcement, several dealers have been arrested in possession of 25 to 29 bags of cocaine. One dealer arrested in the Southwest District even said, ''We ain't stupid,'' when found in possession of 29 bags of cocaine.

I agree that the system is overwhelmed and does not have the resources to deal with the problem, but this problem did not occur overnight. Our state elected officials have turned their backs on Baltimore's crime problem. Now we must suffer the consequences of knee-jerk reactions by local officials. The citizens of Baltimore City deserve better and should demand an end to this insanity.

Gary McLhinney


The writer is president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3.

Pay increases called shameful

The City Council and the mayor should be hanging their heads in shame. How could they in good conscience vote themselves pay raises of 28 and 58 percent, respectively?

Does the city budget have a sudden surplus this coming year that we have not heard about?

A raise of this magnitude for public servants is ludicrous. The worst thing about this is that they give themselves this raise without the approval of the people they work for.

A position on the City Council is supposed to be a part-time job. You would be hard pressed to find any other part-time job paying $37,000 a year. I realize that they have not had a raise since 1987 but that is not a reason for the sudden jump in salaries.

I agree with Councilman John Cain when he says that there has to be a different way to achieve a raise for the mayor and City Council. Put the issue on the ballot so that the people paying the raise may decide whether it is deserving or not.

David M. Grzechowiak


Arafat given respect he doesn't deserve

I have to disagree with Nov. 14 letter writer Dennis St. John, who said world leaders who attended the United Nations' 50th anniversary celebration should have treated Yasser Arafat with more respect. He said Mr. Arafat is not a terrorist chieftain but a ''freedom fighter'' whose actions helped move peace in the Middle East.

Obviously, that writer is not aware that just before the terrible assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Mr. Arafat was shown on Israeli television visiting a girls' school in Gaza. The girls greeted him brandishing a loaded rifle. Mr. Arafat saluted them and told them to keep in mind the great Palestinian Arab women, citing two terrorists as role models -- Albir Wahide, who killed Tzvi Klien in 1991, and Dilai Magrabi, who threw a Jewish baby back into a burning bus in 1978.

Peace makers or freedom fighters don't talk peace on one side of their mouth while out of the other side of their mouth they praise terrorists who murder innocent civilians, especially an innocent baby. These kinds of action do not help to bring peace to the Middle East.

Three cheers for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and fellow letter writer Harry Rashbaum, who had the courage to stand up for truth and see beyond Mr. Arafat's facade and hidden peace agenda.

Barbara Ann Bloom

Owings Mills

Weight immaterial to news story

I have a question about the sub-headline on your Nov. 17 front-page article about the Enid Greene Waldholtz case. What was it about her husband's weight that made it worthy of any mention at all?

To cite such an irrelevant piece of information in a headline is irresponsible and sensationalistic journalism. In this particular case it insinuates messages about large people that must be insulting to a great number of your readers.

Dottye Burt-Markowitz


Woodberry businesses need help

sincerely hope that the burned-out tenants at the Woodberry businesses are going to receive loans to reestablish their businesses as well as those at the Hollins Street Exchange.

J. Priest

St. Michael's

Catholic schools save the public money

Edd Doerr, executive director of Americans for Religious Liberty, seems not to have read past the Oct. 31 headline, "Catholic group starts Md. drive to help schools,'' judging from -- the concerns stated in his Nov. 12 letter, "Aid to private schools is unfair to taxpayers.''

The article referred to by Mr. Doerr provided information on the new Maryland Federation of Catholic-School Families, an organization formed by the Maryland bishops to represent the interests of parents and guardians who choose to send their children to Catholic schools.

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