Police coverage bites
I realize that as an alternative rag, the City Paper is more or less duty-bound to be critical of police. But this police-dog controversy ["Police previously sued over actions of police dog," May 21] is just too much.
The CP has printed article after article about a woman who was allegedly bitten without provocation while attending a protest. Glaringly absent from these articles are stories of the others who have been unjustly attacked by Pittsburgh's allegedly out-of-control canines. We can only conclude that such incidents aren't happening with anything near the frequency CP wants us to believe, if at all.
I believe the lack of such incidents speaks to the training and professionalism of both the dogs and their handlers. I believe it also shows the CP has overblown an isolated incident.
Searching the CP archives, I found plenty of negative stories about police, but no stories attacking the murderers, drug dealers and gun-toting gang-bangers that terrorize our communities. I'd like to see the CP cover that story for once, seeing as it affects our lives far more than police canines ever will.
-- Joe Bielevicz, Regent Square
A libertarian diagnosis
Chris Young's article on employer-provided health benefits ["Budget Cuts," May 21] presented a balanced view -- so balanced that every party's position seemed justified and the problem unsolvable.
The problem is the system relies on people behaving in a manner contrary to human nature. If health care is free (for the consumer), there is no incentive to be frugal. This, compounded with government-mandated coverage and the government-backed AMA limit on annual medical degrees, guarantees high costs.
I question why anyone thought their companies would last forever. The solution is to separate health care from employers. The solution for those who have been screwed by their employers is to buy health insurance now. This would be affordable in a free market but, counter to what people believe, we do not have a free market.
A free market is people giving each other what they want for prices both agree upon. Competition keeps prices as low as possible. Only government intervention can result in the present situation. In fact, this entire dilemma was caused by government-imposed wage controls during World War II: Unable to attract workers with higher pay, employers offered benefits such as health insurance.
Government cannot solve our problems. Government is the problem.
-- Nick Kyriazi, North Side