Criticizing the police as officer is mourned showed no...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 21, 2001

Criticizing the police as officer is mourned showed no empathy

Although I don't always agree with Gregory Kane, I admire his work and appreciate the contribution his column makes.

However, his March 14 column reached a new low and completely lacked compassion when he ended his discussion of the Stennett trial by saying that jurors "didn't fail Kevon Gavin. His fellow officers did" ("Police get blame for verdict, not jurors").

How dare Mr. Kane rub salt in the wounds of a grieving police force by implying they "failed" Officer Kevon Gavin. And how crass for The Sun to print this column during a week when the Baltimore police buried yet another of their own, killed in the line of duty.

Mr. Kane and The Sun did not have the decency not to kick a man while he's down, which is what the column did to city police.

You should be ashamed of yourselves andapologize to every officer who is hurting over the loss of his or her colleagues.

Dorothy Lee-Doyle

Baltimore

Mr. Kane was commenting on news which is several weeks old. And I assume his column had been in the works for a day or so, following The Sun's extended investigative report "Jury distrust, bitter verdict" (March 11).

However in the meantime the citizens of Baltimore tragically lost another brave police officer, Officer Michael Cowdery Jr., to the violence of the streets.

Would it have been too much for the paper to have held Mr. Kane's column for three or four more days?

Aren't the officers of the Baltimore police deserving of that small consideration until their fallen colleague is given an honorable burial?

Stephen Roscher

Owings Mills

Misguided prohibition policy undermines faith in justice

I can't believe I'm saying this, but Gregory Kane is right ("Police get blame for verdict, not jurors," March 14) and Mayor Martin O'Malley is wrong ("Kane's column showed no respect for fallen officer," letters, March 16).

The police, not the jurors in the Eric Stennett case, are to blame for the innocent verdict. And unless our government makes some major changes, and soon, we should all expect to see more of the same.

While I sympathize with the families of the officers killed, it does not change the facts. The insidious effects of drug prohibition -- corruption, police brutality, the ongoing erosion of our personal freedom -- are the root cause of public dissatisfaction with the so-called justice system.

Unfortunately, while reformers have been predicting this for years, our government, at the federal as well as local level, has only had ears for the prohibitionists.

As long as our leaders continue to tell the public what it wants to hear instead of the truth, they should prepare themselves for an endless parade of Stennett verdicts.

William Smith

Baltimore

Mayor should confront the issues Kane raised

While I agree with the mayor's assertion that the timing of Gregory Kane's column was questionable, I am equally annoyed with him for acting like a parent chastising a couple of delinquent children ("Kane's column showed no respect for fallen officer," letters, March 16).

If he is going to go public with his whining about Mr. Kane, the mayor should have confronted some of the issues Mr. Kane brought to light in the column.

Sonny Church

Fallston

Bush's pessimistic rhetoric put economy on the skids

The precipitous slide in the stock market is said to be because of lack of consumer and investor confidence ("Slowdown fear gives Dow a jolt," March 15). I believe this has been caused in large part by President Bush's bad-mouthing the healthy economy to promote this huge tax cut for the wealthy.

There is an old adage: To live like a Republican, vote like a Democrat.

Sam P. Jones

Towson

Carbon dioxide is odorless, but policy reversal stinks

President Bush changed his clearly stated, environmentally responsible position on carbon dioxide emissions after intense lobbying from major campaign contributors -- to the intense embarrassment of his Environmental Protection Agency chief ("Bush drops pledge to limit emissions from power plants," March 14).

Talk about a whiff of impropriety. It's a good thing carbon dioxide is odorless, or we couldn't stand to be in the same room with Mr. Bush.

Megan Skinner

Towson

Clinton's impropriety enables Bush to enact bad policies

Having practiced bankruptcy law for five years, I hope the legislation passed by Congress will not unduly burden honest people who have fallen on hard times or been seduced by credit card companies into bad decisions ("Senate ends bankruptcy debate," March 15).

The blame for that bill, however, rests on former President Clinton, whose behavior was so bad Al Gore could not be seen with him during the campaign.

I am confident Mr. Gore would be in the White House if Mr. Clinton were not so devoid of integrity.

Dennis Olver

Baltimore

The rich deserve to keep more of what they earn

I'm retired and a tax cut will be of minimal value to me, but the hue and cry about "the rich" getting a tax cut is wrong.

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