Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 20, 2005

Police frisking disrupts drug trade

It is about time that the police took the offensive in our city's fight against crime. Stopping and frisking people in high-crime areas is a great first step ("O'Malley backs use of stop and frisk," Nov. 17).

Local officers on the beat know who is doing what in their districts. And local drug-dealers often have elaborate schemes to alert one another as a patrol car approaches.

So having a patrolman stop a dealer who is known to sell drugs to our children, and asking for ID and frisking him or her may lead to several things.

It might lead to an arrest, for anything from parole violations to new charges. At the least, it will let the drug dealers know the police are watching.

This "new tactic" lets law-abiding citizens know that the police are protecting them.

Most drug dealers do not live in the neighborhoods they work, so they have no legitimate reason to be there.

Stopping and frisking people and telling them to move on at least disrupts the flow of illegal drugs.

Let the police do their work. Keep up the pressure.

R. Pazornik

Baltimore

War timetable plays into enemies' hands

Congressional Democrats, and some liberal Republicans, seem to be bent on forcing President Bush to announce a date and timetable for American troops to withdraw from the war in Iraq ("White House goes on a defense offensive," Nov. 17).

In my opinion, this would play into the hands of the Islamic terrorists, who would adjust their military plans accordingly.

Instead, I would like to see these Congressional liberals finally agree to allow the building of more oil refineries and to allow drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other places, which would decrease our dependency on Middle East oil, increase our domestic oil supply and therefore lower oil and gas prices for the average American.

John A. Malagrin

Baltimore

Conduct of the war hurts nation's image

I am writing in response to President Bush's characterization of critics of the war in Iraq as "irresponsible" for accusing the Bush administration of manipulating and misrepresenting intelligence while presenting its case for invading and occupying Iraq ("White House goes on a defense offensive," Nov. 17).

Those leaders in Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are responding to the concerns of their constituents; it is not our senators, representatives or anti-war activists who are being irresponsible in this situation.

On the contrary, it is the White House that has consistently lied or distorted the facts about Iraq, mismanaged an illegal war at the expense of American and coalition troops and the Iraqi people, condoned torture and abuse and lied about the use of chemical weapons by coalition forces (i.e., white phosphorus).

It is the Bush administration that has sent mixed messages to our troops and the enemy, by falsely linking Iraq to the events of 9/11 and denying the use of abusive tactics against detainees while asking for the CIA to be exempted from a ban on torture.

The way the Bush administration has waged war in Iraq has done more to harm America's reputation and image abroad than the criticisms of congressional leaders and other critics of the war.

Michael Johnson

Baltimore

It's not war critics who rewrite history

As usual, President Bush is attacking those who would challenge his word and has accused them of "rewriting history"; he also stated that their actions are "deeply irresponsible" ("White House goes on a defense offensive," Nov. 17).

It seems to me that if accusations are going to be made about actions that are "deeply irresponsible," perhaps Mr. Bush's actions should be discussed first.

For starters, how about "shock and awe" attacks that started an illegal war? The torture of prisoners? Ignoring the dead and wounded? Cutting services for veterans?

The list is too huge for one letter, but Mr. Bush's administration has elevated "rewriting history" to new highs and he either does not care about this or is so delusional that he does not truly know.

Whichever it is, it is time to write a new history and impeach Mr. Bush before it is too late for our country to recover.

Jana Hussmann Meacham

Laurel

Keep the waterfront open to the public

The planners involved in the Key Highway waterfront project ("Project proves hard to unlock," Nov. 12) could learn a thing or two from Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., who spoke last week at an event for the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects

As Mr. Riley insisted again and again, if you have pride in your city you use the best pieces of land for the public, not for the developers.

In Baltimore, this means the waterfront properties along the city's beautiful expanse of the Chesapeake Bay. These should be places for citizens to walk and mingle and enjoy the views, to feel pride in their city generation after generation and to see that their city cares about them.

They should not be cash cows for Baltimore's developers to turn a quick buck.

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