Chief Lanier should cooperate with council probe
Re: "D.C. Council to probe allegations cops ignored sex crimes," Jan. 25
I can appreciate Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier for standing up for her department, and the statistics she presented will be useful when the time comes. However, transparency and her full support in cooperating with this investigation is warranted. There's been enough push-back already.
Chief Lanier's defensive position only serves to deepen the wounds of those who may have been victimized a second time by police officers who are supposed to serve and protect.
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The statement made by Kristopher Baumann, chairman of D.C.'s police union, has merit: "... if there are problems, they need to be fixed. If there are not problems, then the department will be vindicated."
-- Robert L. Stevens
Truancy is a communitywide problem
Re: "Parents and D.C. public schools," Jan. 25
Jonetta Rose Barras misses the point when she suggests the answer to truancy is two-parent homes. Many homes, both rich and poor, have only one parent who can work with the schools even if they leave home before their children each morning.
When I taught, parents of latchkey children in my class gave me their work number and asked me to call them any day their child didn't get to school.
There are, as Barras says, thousands of students who go to school and still aren't proficient in reading and math. This is a community problem that won't be solved by wishing they all had two-parent homes, but by facing reality and working with the one parent who is there.
I sincerely hope Councilman David Catania's comment ("We have been missing in action for six years") isn't an indication that the council will again try to micromanage our schools, but we must bring together community resources from government, church and the nonprofit sector to help our children.
As the proverb says, "It takes a village" and we are not supporting the village our children need.
-- Peter D. Rosenstein
O'Malley's Keynesian policies won't work
As I read Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's four-volume budget, I couldn't help but notice that it was based on one of the most misguided theories ever promulgated, namely John Maynard Keynes' "General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money." This theory basically states that in a time of recession or long-term bear markets, the government should stimulate the economy by creating jobs and/or generating demand.
However, O'Malley and the Democratic leadership fail to realize that Keynesian expansionary fiscal policy tends to exert little or no effect on aggregate demand. Jobs cannot simply be created to stimulate supply or demand. For example, increasing spending on public transportation 30 percent over five years didn't increase ridership one iota.
That's because people are smart when it comes to reckless government spending.Households anticipate the higher taxes that will result from the debt and reduce their spending (and increase their savings) accordingly. Just like taxes, debt tends to crowd out private spending.
My alternative philosophy is less taxes, regulations and government spending.This approach lets people handle their own lives, advances liberty through increased innovation andentrepreneurship and statistically and unequivocally leads to higher standards of living and more prosperity.
-- Del. Glen Glass, R-District 34A
Md. House of Delegates