Boardman cops consider driving while young a traffic offense
Several weeks ago while listening to WKBN's Dan Ryan Show, I was dismayed hearing that the engineer on that show, Mr. Jerry Buleah, had been followed, blocked in a parking space and had other actions taken by the Boardman Police. It seems that the only thing he did wrong was to drive while black.
Well, at our house we know how Mr. Buleah must feel. Our son has been frequently stopped by the Boardman Police for driving while young. He has a beautiful little Honda which he has worked very hard on, spent a lot of money customizing and is very proud of. The car is one of a kind and is different in appearance from any others around. That makes it a target.
He was stopped again this past Tuesday because his tail lights weren't red enough to suit the guy with the ticket book. He was also informed that his window tint was too dark (it's legal) and that it's illegal to have smoked license plates covers on his car.
If indeed that's so, our van is also illegal. We've had smoked covers on our plates for more than 10 years and have never been stopped. Oops, we're no longer young. I guess that's the difference.
We've lived in Boardman Township for 25 years, and until recently, the Police Department has in my view, been excellent. Now, it seems, that the young hot dogs on the force want to make a name for themselves. They have, but you can't print it.
Someone needs to remind these boys that there are actual criminals out there who need the attention being given to innocent people who are going through life not bothering anybody.
ROY W. STRAIGHT
'Restructure' Congress so more can afford to run
I wish to bring to the attention of all Americans a need to restructure the members of Congress.
I suggest that the Congress of the United States appropriate funds for the purchase or construction of a 2-bedroom 535-unit apartment complex which the members of Congress would occupy and pay only nominal maintenance fees.
The congressional members would draw lots as to who gets what apartment, and thereafter they can trade among themselves as to location.
There has always been the problem of being able to afford living quarters while being a member of Congress.
By having this done, more candidates who are butchers, bakers and candlestick makers and other ordinary citizens would be able to seek office and not always be concerned about the costs of living in Washington D.C. Therefore, more of our peers would be in office, and we would have a better mix of officeholders.
The present Congress is overloaded with attorneys, and they are not my peers.
With more non-lawyers in office, more problems would be solved instead of being made.
STEPHEN EVANSON Sr.