Track record shows DiBiagio will do well as federal...


January 14, 2002

Track record shows DiBiagio will do well as federal prosecutor

I see nothing in U.S. Attorney Thomas DiBiagio's forthright and powerful statement of intentions for his office ("U.S. attorney outlines targets," Opinion

Commentary, Jan. 6) to justify The Sun's subsequent shrill editorial ("U.S. Attorney's weak stance on guns," Jan. 7) denouncing his intentions on prosecuting gun crime.

Given his track record and energy, let alone his promise to aggressively prosecute serious gun crime and felons who possess firearms, I have no doubt whatsoever that Mr. DiBiagio will prove to be just the kind of resolute U.S. attorney that we so sorely need at this important juncture.

If Mr. DiBiagio could team up with an equally resolute, no-nonsense Republican state's attorney here in Baltimore after the November elections, then we might really be on to something.

Dick Fairbanks


The writer is first vice chairman of the Baltimore City Republican Party.

Don't treat local crimes as a federal responsibility

Why is it a federal responsibility to prosecute gun crimes in Baltimore ("U.S. Attorney's weak stance on guns," editorial, Jan. 7)?

The Sun's editorial says state courts are overwhelmed and state prisons are overwhelmed. So what? Build more prisons and staff more courts. If Maryland wants to put away criminals carrying guns, it should pass the appropriate legislation and funding to do so. We should solve our own problems and leave the federal government out of it.

And, further, allowing our law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons would make us all safer because criminals would think twice before assaulting others.

Marylanders are the most robbed people in the country. Why doesn't the legislature allow us to defend ourselves?

Thane Bellomo


U.S. funds shouldn't support Israel's illegal settlements

Thank you for the thoughtful column by Kathleen Kern on what life is really like for Palestinians living next door to settlements ("Settlers' strikes create cold fury," Opinion * Commentary, Jan. 3). Rarely does a U.S. paper dare give us a glimpse of what it is like for people who face daily humiliation and repression from armed settlers and the Israel Defense Force.

American citizens should demand to know why our taxes go to Israel to support settlement activity. Additionally, a full investigation of Jewish charities, in the United States and elsewhere, needs to be conducted to find out what tax-deductible U.S. dollars support illegal settlements.

Americans who stand for freedom and justice for all should not be supporting these activities.

Donny S. Onnett


Harkins hasn't served Harford County well

The Sun's editorial "Executive challenge" (Jan. 7) is partially correct concerning Harford County Executive Jim Harkins. The county income tax did rise 20 percent. But The Sun failed to mention that he also raised all county fees 20 percent.

What did we get for this increase? Uncontrolled residential growth, and schools that are warehousing our children because of severe overcrowding and are last in per-pupil spending in the state.

One thing we did receive is that we in Harford County have no vision for the future under Mr. Harkins' administration.

I think this tax-and-spend Republican is far from rising to the task in our county.

Tony Oleszczuk

Bel Air

City couldn't enforce a licensing law for cats

Twenty years ago, right after my husband and I bought our first house together in Baltimore, we also bought a dog and rescued a local alley cat.

When I called to register our dog, I also inquired about registering our cat. The man on the other end informed me: "Lady, we can't keep track of the dogs. How in the world do you think we could possibly keep track of the cats?" ("City tackles new menace: cats without leashes," Jan. 5).

As a 20-year cat owner, I have often thought back to that man and come to realize just how wise he was.

Never implement an unenforceable law. Never.

Gina Kotowski


Fonda's anti-war efforts showed true patriotism

If Jane Fonda's attempt to end an unconstitutional and undeclared war against a country that had no desire to do us harm is still considered treason by some, then I'm only glad that since Vietnam most Americans have learned to distinguish between supporting one's country when it is attacked and seeking to end our most disastrous folly of the 20th century ("Treading a treacherous path," Jan. 7).

To many of us, Ms. Fonda's courage in going to North Vietnam was an act not only of courage but of patriotism of the highest order.

Jack Eisenberg


Balto. Co. remains open to public input

Various would-be candidates for office in Baltimore County seem to have made public input their issue. I read their statements about my alleged shortcomings in this area with some puzzlement ("SB 509 looms as a theme for 2002," Jan. 9).

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.