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letters 10/27

October 27, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/27



Cruising law based on appearances?



To the editor:

With all the discussion about cruising and what to do about, it I have a few questions for Mayor Bruchey. Would you provide your definition of the word "cruising" as it applies to the people who do it? Can you describe us? What criteria would the police use to stop us to ticket us?

Seems a fair question, don't you think? Would it be something like people who by appearance, action or the type of car they drive, could be accused of cruising? Doesn't that sound a little like discrimination? Who will watchdog the police to prevent this law from being used for harassment? How will the police prove I've driven down a certain street more than three times?

I can just about guarantee that mistakes will be made because police officers are human and we all make mistakes. What about the elderly couple in the nice caddy who ride around the block three times looking for a certain address? You would ticket them too,right? After all they just broke your law. Oh, wait, they don't look like cruisers, so we'll let them off. So then this law isn't to prevent people from riding around the block three times, it's to persecute a type of person that does something that's legal anywhere else in the city.

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Finally isn't there already a law against loud stereos in city limits? If so, why is it not enforced? Could it be that the police department has better things to do, like catching real criminals or maybe a little proactive patrolling?

Mayor Bruchey, I believe you have the town's best interest at heart, but if you want to see real "cruisers" I would suggest that you go to the car shows at the mall in the summer time. I'm one of those real cruisers; I've been cruising Hagerstown for 22 years.

Please keep in mind that most of these real cruisers live in the Hagerstown area and pay taxes here, taxes that pay to fix those streets that we would not be able to drive on more than three times in an hour.

Mike Eyler

Falling Waters, W.Va.




Police patrol and trash issues



To the editor:

I was at Neighborhood Watch meeting the other night and we were told to call the police about gangs of kids raising hell in front of our apartment.

Well I called the law at 11:30 a.m. and here it is 1:30 and they're still down front raising hell.

Officer Murray, where are you? We were told that our place would be monitored in the front and rear on a regular basis. I'd like to know when this is to start.

I have been putting out trash for six months, for people who are too lazy to put it out on Mondays and Fridays. But as of last Friday I quit when I had to put my hands in slop and maggots. This is our home and that includes the halls. I don't know about the rest, but I don't live in filth. Please help to keep our property clean; set your trash out.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown




Cruising law based on appearances?



To the editor:

With all the discussion about cruising and what to do about, it I have a few questions for Mayor Bruchey. Would you provide your definition of the word "cruising" as it applies to the people who do it? Can you describe us? What criteria would the police use to stop us to ticket us?

Seems a fair question don't you think? Would it be something like people who by appearance, action or the type of car they drive could be accused of cruising? Doesn't that sound a little like discrimination? Who will watchdog the police to prevent this law from being used for harassment? How will the police prove I've driven down a certain street more than three times?

I can just about guarantee that mistakes will be made because police officers are human and we all make mistakes. What about the elderly couple in the nice caddy who ride around the block three times looking for a certain address? You would ticket them too,right? After all they just broke your law. Oh, wait, they don't look like cruisers so we'll let them off. So then this law isn't to prevent people from riding around the block three times it's to persecute a type of person that does something that's legal any where else in the city.

Finally isn't there already a law against loud stereos in city limits? If so why is it not enforced? Could it be that the police department has better things to do, like catching real criminals or maybe a little proactive patrolling?

Mayor Bruchey, I believe you have the town's best interest at heart, but if you want to see real "cruisers" I would suggest that you go to the car shows at the mall in the summer time. I'm one of those real cruisers; I've been cruising Hagerstown for 22 years.

Please keep in mind that most of these real cruisers live in the Hagerstown area and pay taxes here, taxes that pay to fix those streets that we would not be able to drive on more than three times in an hour.

Mike Eyler

Falling Waters, W.Va.




Police patrol and trash issues



To the editor:

I was at Neighborhood Watch meeting the other night and we were told to call the police about gangs of kids raising hell in front of our apartment.

Well I called the law at 11:30 a.m. and here it is 1:30 and they're still down front raising hell.

Officer Murray, where are you? We were told that our place would be monitored in the front and rear on a regular basis. I'd like to know when this is to start.

I have been putting out trash for six months, for people who are too lazy to put it out on Mondays and Fridays. But as of last Friday I quit when I had to put my hands in slop and maggots. This is our home that includes the halls. I don't know about the rest, but I don't live in filth please help to keep our property clean set your trash out.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown

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