Letters to the Editor 1/13

January 12, 2001

Letters to the Editor 1/13

Crime policy isn't working

To the editor:

Because he is only 23 years old, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) will place alleged killer Kofi Orleans-Lindsay into the very broad category of "youth" when tracing his crime gun. However, it ought to seem odd to citizens to classify any adult as a "youth" who is a convicted drug user and has violated the terms of his probation 72 times.

Every citizen is at risk when the system for incarcerating such "youths" allows them to roam freely. Brave trooper Toatley sacrificed himself in place of the next victim to whom a calculating, cold-blooded killer unquestionably would have met in another time and another place. As in this case, all too often the violent encounter is met by the victim in a split second that makes even a cell phone or radio a palm full of useless technology.


Despite recent hoopla by politicians over the latest crime-fighting gizmos, Cpl. Edward M. Toatley's alleged killer was not loose because of a failure of flashy new unproven technologies, but because of a failure to apply the timeless proven ones.

This is one reason why the latest FBI reports show Maryland has moved up to No. 4 in violence, No. 4 in murder and for the fifth consecutive year retained first place in robbery.

If the Glendening-Townsend administration was doing anything better than efforts in our 49 sister states, then we would not be losing ground to all comers.

Just a little something to consider as the legislative rhetoric begins in Annapolis.

Edward L. Patrick

Columbia, Md.

There's a lot in this name

To the editor:

On behalf of the Rihl family, I want to thank the people of Greencastle and Franklin County for naming a road after my great-great Uncle William. It is amazing that people still remember him after so many years.

We may think that the kind of hatred that promulgated that great struggle of long ago could never tear us apart again, but the voices of destruction are ever present and always anxious to be heard.

William Hoover Rihl and thousands of others on both sides of the conflict did not die in vain. A great nation grew up from their ashes. Your kind remembrance of him is greatly appreciated.

Robert H. Rihl

Augusta, Ga.

Mike Callas deserves a hand

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate Mike Callas on being named "Person of the Year" by The Herald-Mail. I would also like to thank Callas for being such a great representative of the Greek-American community.

Though we are only a few families in Washington County, Greek-Americans have contributed to the well-being of our community in the areas of public service, philanthropy, business, education, medicine, athletics and the arts.

In addition, I would like to honor Callas' military service on behalf of the United States. He and thousands of other Greek-Americans have served with distinction in America's armed forces from the time of the Civil War to Desert Storm.

Once again, thanks Mike, and thank you, Herald-Mail.

John C. Costopoulos


Looking for Carol Smith

To the editor:

I am trying to locate Mrs. Carol Ione (Kline) Smith who I believe resides in the Hagerstown area, possibly Maugansville, and Frances Norris who I believed to be in the Knoxville area.

Both have made contributions to researching the Rohrer family genealogy, namely The Rohrer Families Supplement by Wickliffe B. (Budd) Neal, and I would like to exchange information with them.

If any of your readers knows the whereabouts of either person, I would appreciate them contacting me. I can be reached at 301-797-8972 or by e-mail at

Gary W. Rohrer


Get out

To the editor:

Will President Clinton please hurry up and vacate the White House so it can be fumigated?

Larry D. Kump

Falling Waters, W.Va.

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