Chance for Linear Park not to be missedAt the most recent...

LETTERS

March 31, 1996

Chance for Linear Park not to be missed

At the most recent Carroll County Recreation and Parks Advisory Board meeting, the subject of the Westminster Linear Park was discussed.

The board voted unanimously to send a letter in complete support of this worthwhile project. ... We are aware that state transportation grant funds (ISTEA) have been approved for the Linear Park. If we do not fund this trail, the county will lose these funds because they cannot be used for any other project.

We know these are austere times and sacrifices are being made throughout government, but now is the time to move this project forward for we may not have the chance at a later time. ...

Ken Kiler

Westminster

The writer is chairman of the advisory board of the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks.

War over shooting range is over

Some months back there was a discussion to put a sportman's shooting range at the Hoods Mill Landfill. After much protest, that idea was discarded. ...

Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the Not-In-My-Back-Yard commissioners.

With the ... sportsmen defeated in south Carroll County, the graffiti that advertises, "No gun range!" or "Piggyback a park at Hoods Mill" have become an eyesore to the motorist. ...

Everyone enjoys the country, but the Not-In-My-Back-Yard syndrome is destructive to the quality of life for all.

Daniel E. Withey

Sykesville

Big-stick answer to crime misses roots

In the March 10 Perspective section, was that a critical review of Edward Hume's "No Matter How Loud I Shout" or a platform for Judge Thomas Raup to prescribe a more stringent juvenile justice system?

The root causes of juvenile crime emanating from the "bone poor" sections of big cities were barely mentioned. The list suggests a need for not just a big-stick approach to such crime: systematic failure of schools, heavy concentrations of narcotics use, children being born to children with no parenting skills, rank poverty and multi-generational unemployment. I would have liked to have heard more about Mr. Hume's poetry classes in gang-infested Los Angeles. ...

What a coincidence that the header article on the same page was about a disturbingly similar subject. And it contained an admonition applicable to both settings: Legitimate grievances brought to light by terrorist tactics must be addressed.

Kathryn J. Henderson

Westminster

Arrest of publisher was not unusual

As a police officer during the past five years, I have been routinely amazed at the number of people with no experience newspaper, "unconscionable." Then you express concern that "other officers inexplicably arrived at the scene."

Believe it or not, it is common practice to arrest drivers for doing just as Mr. Oliver did that night, driving on a suspended license. True, the officer has discretion to issue a citation instead. However, one of the facts taken into account when deciding which enforcement action to take is that individual's past history of failure to respond to court summonses. As Mr. Oliver claims that he forgot to pay a prior seat-belt ticket, he should have received a summons from District Court. Apparently, Mr. Oliver did not show up in court, either, which is why his license was suspended.

This shows up on a Motor Vehicle Administration record check as failure to appear (FTA), which leads a police officer to suspect that the individual may have a lack of respect for the authority of the court and may also ignore a citation for driving suspended. ...

As for other officers arriving on the scene, perhaps you aren't aware of the number of police officers who are seriously injured or killed while making what appeared to be routine traffic stops.

After his arrest, Mr. Oliver says he was handcuffed, then taken to a filthy cell where he spent a frightening eight hours waiting for his bail to be set. Of course jail is frightening to a man such as Mr. Oliver. It would be to anyone who had never been arrested before. But we don't have separate facilities for housing offenders based on their economic status, personality, personal hygiene, etc.

Now it may be true that Mr. Oliver forgot about his ticket, and perhaps his court summons and his letter of suspension from the MVA were not received. Most likely, he is a fine gentleman, basically law-abiding and responsible. But unless a police officer knows an individual personally, he or she will err on the side of skepticism more often than not. It's an occupational hazard.

Wayne C. Keyser

Eldersburg

Why didn't Haines defend farm bill in front of citizens of Carroll County?

Sen. Larry Haines' letter (March 16), explaining his introduction of a bill to expedite development within agricultural zones, graphically illustrates the point which most upsets opponents of the bill -- many of whom, like myself, have long been supporters of the senator.

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