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All suspects deserve innocence presumption

Charles Grady (Letters, May 12) takes exception to the opinion of a writer who complains about how the police violated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s rights by not reading him his Miranda rights before questioning him. Grady argues that the suspect basically forfeited his rights by his actions.

There is no one who cannot become angry when it appears the suspect placed a bomb beside a boy in a crowd and left it there to explode, resulting in the death of the youth and the maiming of others; however, no matter how we feel about a crime, the Supreme Court has ruled that suspects are to be read the Miranda rights before they are questioned.

Grady writes that when an individual so egregiously destroys public safety, public confidence and life in general, they forfeit their Miranda rights. At what point are these untried (in a court of law) assumptions to be in force? By whom are they to be found true: the arresting policeman, a detective, the police commissioner? Grady claims to have walked down streets where the “police allowed the criminals to rule in such a manner” (I assume he means to claim their right to remain silent, etc.). He says “(the) children could not walk to school in safety. The children could not play in the grass for fear of being blown up.”

The Miranda rights only tell the suspect (not yet the “criminal”) what his legal rights are. If he/she is acquitted, then so be it.

GEORGE TIMM Fort Wayne

Beijing, Tokyo undercut U.S. auto parts market

During last fall’s presidential campaign, President Obama pledged action on a trade case against China’s automotive and auto parts subsidies.

Auto parts accounts for 4.8 percent of total Indiana employment, and concerns about China’s subsidies are well justified. Beijing has dumped more than $30 billion into its auto parts sector to increase market share artificially. And Japan has jumped into the game, too, with a policy of currency devaluation that hurts America’s carmakers.

Obama’s trade case announcement came at a crucial time. The most recent data show auto parts imports from China surged nearly 50 percent in 2012 from 2010 levels. Unfortunately, the administration has been virtually silent on the trade case since the election.

The president must fully pursue the auto parts case against Beijing. And Washington must offer an ultimatum to Beijing and Tokyo: Halt your currency manipulation or lose access to the U.S. market.

SCOTT PAUL President Alliance for American Manufacturing Washington, D.C.

Profane play reflects public schools’ slide

The recent letter defending the school that staged a profane play (“Northrop comedy ‘The Producers’ transcends problems with schools,” May 16) shows us how much our culture has changed during the last 50 years.

I was there that day when God was escorted to the door and told not to return. As our janitor took the Ten Commandments down from the wall, I wondered how long it would be before the school that my father and I attended would become a nasty place.

I got my answer the day that I took my son to the same building for his first day of school. He was not forced to enjoy a second day. The school lost its moral compass because the public that it serves had done likewise.

Now we have cute plays that titillate the school’s drama coach while the reputation of our public schools continues its downward spiral. These are tough times to be a cheerleader for our public high schools.

LARRY WHEELER Spencerville

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