Police union leader attacks Sun coverageThe Sun has...


October 24, 1997

Police union leader attacks Sun coverage

The Sun has completely missed the point concerning an issue involving Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier and his actions. Reporter Peter Hermann has chosen to ignore facts which he is aware of in order to fan the flames between Commissioner Frazier and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Several weeks ago Commissioner Frazier announced that he had personally reviewed dozens of allegations concerning misconduct on the part of his police officers.

After his so-called extensive review, the commissioner held a press conference and stated that 35 officers would be suspended because of allegations concerning domestic violence and excessive force.

After a week of hearings before four separate colonels, the department reinstated 22 officers who had been unnecessarily and wrongfully suspended by Commissioner Frazier. It was learned during these hearings that many of the officers originally suspended had, in fact, been victims in the incident which led to their suspension.

What kind of message does this send to the victims of domestic violence?

The Baltimore City FOP is the first police labor organization in the country to receive a grant from the Department of Justice to study the causes of stress in police officers and their families, and reduce incidents of domestic violence. For over two years the FOP has been publishing articles sent to is members advising what to do if they or their families feel there is a problem.

The Baltimore FOP was also the first police group in the area to contractually ensure that its members have access to counseling 24 hours.

And it was the FOP which reached out to the House of Ruth in an ongoing attempt to address the issue of domestic violence as it pertains to police work.

It is clear that The Sun is only interested in writing stories that promote conflict and not the true facts of a particular incident.

Gary McLhinney


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

Blame pet owners for loose animals

I agree with the young writer of an Oct. 15 letter who thinks that there are too many loose dogs in Baltimore City. However, I don't blame the animal control people; I blame the pet owners.

If people cared about their pets, they would make sure that the dogs were kept on a leash, or in a yard. But many dogs are considered disposable.

Recently, I was waiting at a red light on Guilford Avenue and Lanvale Street. A boy of about 9 or 10 was beating a cowering dog on the corner.

When I rolled down my window and told him to stop, he cursed me and told me, ''It's my dog, I can do whatever I want.''

Obviously he learned that behavior from someone who doesn't care about the well-being of an animal.

If city pet owners showed animals the love and respect they deserve, we wouldn't have so many loose dogs wandering the streets waiting to be killed by cars or beaten by mean, uncaring people.

anice E. Palin


Missionaries' story one not usually told

Thank you for publishing Kevin Cowherd's Oct. 19 article, ''A turn in the road.'' While I was pleased by the sympathetic understanding he showed for the Lauers (who have become missionaries), I was quite surprised that he was also able to capture their spiritual struggle so effectively.

Like many readers, I have come to expect cynicism, if not ridicule, from large newspapers when people attempt to apply spiritual values to their lives. Thank you for publishing this article. I have mailed it to friends.

Alex Jones


Speaking of offensive dictionary entries . . .

Kweisi Mfume's and the NAACP's niggling over the definition of the ''N'' word in a dictionary is indeed that -- niggling. Gregory Kane's column (Oct. 19) told of the words ''kike'' and ''wop'' in his dictionary. My American Heritage Dictionary also lists:

Sheeny -- a Jew.

Chink -- a Chinese.

Polack -- a person of Polish birth.

Honky -- a white man.

Whitey -- the white man.

Dago -- an Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.

Nip -- a Japanese person.

Kraut -- a German.

Mick -- an Irishman.

Buckra -- a white man.

Jig-a-boo -- a Negro.

After the definitions of each of these words it said: ''An offensive term used derogatorily.''

Janet Paul


Citizens defend stand on golf project

Your casual dismissal of community concerns for a commercial $5 million multi-purpose public recreational golf facility masquerading as a ''golf academy'' leaves me wondering about your ability to recognize a legitimate problem of citizens who read your newspaper.

There are 6,500 residents of Dulaney Valley and Long Green Valley who object to a zoning commission giving permission to a wealthy developer to put a semi-private golf academy in land that residents have always been assured was protected from commercial enterprise because of its rural character and proximity to Loch Raven Reservoir.

In 1988, a reservoir protection agreement was drawn up by all counties involved for the precise purpose of not allowing further development of land on the fringes of Liberty, Loch Raven and Prettyboy reservoir watersheds. How did Baltimore County think could enforce this agreement when this multi-purpose enterprise with 150 practice tees and eight buildings appeared?

So you mock residents who love the rural/agricultural character of their neighborhood and say they are foolish for not rolling out the red carpet to an unwelcome developer, Clark MacKenzie, in their neighborhood. This chronicle has a familiar ring of underdog citizen and wealthy developer with politicians simply ''not home'' when the real problem arrived.

As a newspaper serving citizens of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, perhaps you should give the citizens a little more credence and not be so supportive of a money-making intrusion into an area where it simply does not belong.

Linda W. Bosse


Pub Date: 10/24/97

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