I think not!!!
Dan's latest rant* "What downtown needs: More cops, fewer knuckleheads" would be great if it came from someone who, even on occassion, sided with law and order.
From his latest rant:
WHAT? Dan has made his distaste for the Police clear over and over. NOW he needs a Cop?He (a Police Officer) was the first cop I saw, and I guess his duty was in the cause of public safety, but I'd much rather have seen the man on foot patrol, strolling the sidewalks and Inner Harbor promenade with the rest of us.
Gee Dan, maybe if the City supported its Police, you might not have a shortage of good Cops. Gee Dan, take a ride along with the Cops and you'll see that most Officers are trapped riding call to call to call and don't have near the time to actually do their jobs.
HUH? Dan, have you forgotten what happened to the last Officer who even tried to make the inner harbor a safe family area? That would be the 19-year veteran officer, Salvatore Rivieri. You remember him, don't you? With the help of your paper, Sal was FIRED for trying to keep the inner harbor a family friendly area.His presence certainly would have been appreciated 30 minutes later, when a squadron of eight skinny boys on bicycles decided to pop wheelies and fly along the brick walkway between the World Trade Center and the National Aquarium, oblivious (or maybe not) to pedestrians.
Come to think of it, your paper was quick to remind the citizens that the BPD would NOT tolerate Police, but would gladly welcome crime (as long as it was 'well meaning' crime). So it kind of figures that the Sun is responsible for the inner harbor's crime.
===>Look Dan, you want to stop crime at the inner harbor? Stop acting shocked when the Commissioner calls bad guys "Knuckleheads." Stop freaking when gangs of kids are stopped by the Police. Stop writing about how cute and cuddily these kids are and how evil the Police are.
Racial poison.It doesn't take much for people to start howling that the end is near, nor for gleeful bigots to inject racial poison and laugh their told-you-so's about city life.
Okay, this is the Dan I know. Injecting race into an issue to cloud the problem. I think everything is back to normal now.