What a great way to dispose of crime weaponIn reference to...

LETTERS

January 07, 1996

What a great way to dispose of crime weapon

In reference to the article that appeared in The Sun on Dec. 24, "Attorney offers cash for guns."

On the surface, a gun buyback program appears to be a noble, if misguided, effort to "do something" about street crime. There are, however, several flaws that should be addressed.

First, unless Warren A. Brown has a Federal Firearms License, he is guilty of violating federal and state laws for dealing without a license, and should be so charged. Any ordinary citizen who purchased that many guns would have been charged.

Second, "no questions were asked, no names were taken." What a perfect way to dispose of a crime gun and to get $50 for your troubles. Even if the police trace the firearm to a crime, it now isn't possible to tie the firearm to an individual who may have committed that crime.

Third, Mr. Brown states that "he is exposed to the destructive effects of guns." He is, in reality, exposed to the "criminal misuse of guns."

Mr. Brown wants to make a difference, yet he will be in court defending a possibly guilty person and trying his best to have them found "not guilty" and back on the streets so they can again commit rape, robbery or murder.

Maybe at some point, something will actually be done to reduce crime and the social conditions that cause it rather then a highly publicized feel-good effort that has little or no effect in the real world of crime control.

William E. Sank Jr.

Sykesville

Double taxation and permits galore

Thank you for announcing the beginning of double taxation in Carroll County. I personally have been waiting for this moment ever since the new tax and spend Republicans have taken office as their Contract on America has worked real good.

Marty Hill got his permit now that controls growth, Wal-Mart got its permit now that controls growth, Food Lion got its permit now that controls growth. This is very cool. First couple of weeks in office, state spent $100-plus million on schools to control growth. County commissioners tried to buy a polluted building to house members of the school system to control growth. They also tried to get the state delegation to raise the transfer tax. We were told we could not understand an environmental report because it was too complex and to trust us. I'm sure this will all work in the end, but for who?

Michael Willinger

Sykesville

Political system strays from points of truth

An interesting metaphor came to light as I read the Dec. 17 Perspective section. On Page 6 was an article detailing the Republican and Democratic viewpoints regarding "The battle over Medicare," complete with pictures of the authors, while at the bottom of the page concluded all articles about the impending opportunities Kweisi Mfume offers to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The irony that dawned on me reaffirmed my attitudes about politics in America these days: middle- to older-aged white men telling this nation of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural people what is best for us (no, really for them) while blacks, women and other minorities remain handcuffed in having the chance to speak their minds.

Just look at the page: The bottom picture of Mr. Mfume being arrested for his role in a civil protest is not only a figurative illustration of my point, but a literal example.

Why does the list grow as more politicians withdraw from re-election opportunities in 1996? Probably for one of two major reasons: There are better opportunities outside the political arena to exercise their roles in this society. Also, the political system continues to stray further from what our forefathers intended some 220 years ago.

I had heard in my youth that any person best suited for politics based on the intent to truly represent the people would avoid the chance because the system was further from the truth. Perhaps that is the message as we prepare for the 1996 national elections.

Joe H. Hassman

Eldersburg

Even in an emergency, why take these chances?

Twice in one day was too much.

On Dec. 11 at about 7:45 a.m., I was traveling on Route 88 near Route 30 in Hampstead. When I was about 2/10ths of a mile from Route 30, during morning commuter traffic, a Toyota pickup truck barreled up to tailgate and then passed me on a solid yellow line.

I was not traveling below the speed limit. He got around me just in time for us both to pull into the turn lane and then proceed north on Route 30. In the 6/10ths of a mile it took to reach the Hampstead Fire Department, he gained enough distance to quickly swing into a curbside space, fling his truck door open directly in front of me, jump out and dash toward the firehouse. With the snow by the side of the curbs in that area, traffic is tighter than usual and I was forced to swerve slightly toward the center line to avoid the possibility of hitting his truck door.

Since we both ended up in exactly the same area only seconds apart, what was the sense of the speed and reckless actions?

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