Differences over police aren't political

Differences over police aren't political

There are 21 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 18, 2008, titled Differences over police aren't political. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

An editorial on Aug. 14 about plans to reorganize the Allentown Police Department maintains that there is ''unfortunate tension between the Democratic mayor and the Republican district attorney,'' thus implying ...

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Jock

Bethlehem, PA

#1 Aug 18, 2008
Umm...yeah. Who does he think he's kidding? Who was there on the tarmac waiting with bated breath when McCain got to Allentown only a couple months ago? Martin. He has deliberately and unnecessarily politicized the office of DA--even more than it was before--and now he claims that politics isn't a factor in criticism of APD reorganization plans? Sorry, the public isn't that stupid. We know a political agenda when we see one. And for the record, we DO need the help of technology when it comes to combatting crime. This is 2008... You don't bring down the establishment with letter-writing campaigns, and you don't fight urban crime without cameras, cell phones, laptops, GPS, etc.
Comment Not

Whitehall, PA

#2 Aug 18, 2008
Jock...with all due r4espect, yours is the attitude, on a larger scale, that led to our ignoring the value of human intelligence, relying on satellites and signal intercepts, and completely failing to note the rise of several national security threats, up to and including 9/11.

DA MArtin, whether you believe his motives or not, is spot on in his assessment.
Cant Afford

Easton, PA

#3 Aug 18, 2008
Martin would tax us to death. Not sure he is really a republican. Unfortunately, Allentown can no longer afford to keep so called experienced policemen. It is time for these longer serving employees to move on and let the younger up and comming ones move in. It is a matter of dollars and cents.
Bill Villa

Northampton, PA

#4 Aug 18, 2008
We need a Democrat, or a Republican, or any lawyer with a pulse, to step up and run against Jim Martin for DA in 2011. The "man" is an embarrassment to justice and a disgrace to law enforcement and everybody knows it. He's like the crooked and crumbling Colonial Theater building on Hamilton Street we couldn't get rid of for years; he's like blight on our local psyche. Jim Martin is also Crony King of our local Good Old Boy Network; Political Turf War Lord #1; and best friend to select/connected drunk drivers who kill people. He's gotta go ...
Sure

Macungie, PA

#5 Aug 18, 2008
Martin is holding back solid information from the public that the Pine street killing was drug related for the sole purpose of inflicting public relations damage on the city and the administration.

If that is not politics I don't know what is.
Doc

Northampton, PA

#6 Aug 18, 2008
Someone should look into all that D.A. James Martin "held back" in his "investigation" of St. Luke's Hospital Angel of Death nurse Charles Cullen and who benefitted ...
Ernie

AOL

#7 Aug 18, 2008
jim martin was at a broadway show in nyc on april 9 when he should have been at the lehigh county commissioners meeting promoting the passage of democrat county exec don cunningham's safe streets initiative that would have allocated a million dollars of county money for more police on the streets in allentown and lehigh county. unfortunately, the bill got shot down by the majority-republican commissioners. martin is a republican. and a huge fan of broadway musicals! crime fighting, not so much ...
Bill Villa

Northampton, PA

#8 Aug 18, 2008
It's like deja vu all over again. There is "unfortunate tension" between Lehigh County DA Jim Martin and Mayor Pawlowski. There was a nasty and public feud between DA Jim Martin and Mayor Roy Afflerbach. And DA Jim Martin couldn't get along with former APD Chief Stephen Kuhns either who instituted a "Community Policing" program that had gotten immediate rave reviews from residents of formerly high-crime neighborhoods as was reported in The Morning Call at the time. Tired of DA Jim Martin's Turf War sandbagging of his efforts, Chief Kuhns took his platinum-plated resume elsewhere. And Allentown’s successful Community Policing program fell apart.

IDEA: let’s try electing a new DA for Lehigh County in 2011 and see what happens.

Job Description/Requirements should include: "must work well with others."
Tired

United States

#9 Aug 18, 2008
Cant Afford wrote:
Martin would tax us to death. Not sure he is really a republican. Unfortunately, Allentown can no longer afford to keep so called experienced policemen. It is time for these longer serving employees to move on and let the younger up and comming ones move in. It is a matter of dollars and cents.
I have not always agreed with Jim Martin's decisions, but I do respect his intelligence, experience and support of police departments within the county. There is no political motivation here, so conspiracy theorists, take a breath. Martin is aware of the chaos that can be created by the loss of many experienced police officers from one, overworked police department. That chaos would be multiplied if the admin. staff leaves en mass.

Dollars and cents are the most important issue, until you have a friend or family member victimized.
His forward thinking shows his commitment to his job and the residents of Lehigh County.
Tired

United States

#10 Aug 18, 2008
Bill Villa wrote:
It's like deja vu all over again. There is "unfortunate tension" between Lehigh County DA Jim Martin and Mayor Pawlowski. There was a nasty and public feud between DA Jim Martin and Mayor Roy Afflerbach. And DA Jim Martin couldn't get along with former APD Chief Stephen Kuhns either who instituted a "Community Policing" program that had gotten immediate rave reviews from residents of formerly high-crime neighborhoods as was reported in The Morning Call at the time. Tired of DA Jim Martin's Turf War sandbagging of his efforts, Chief Kuhns took his platinum-plated resume elsewhere. And Allentown’s successful Community Policing program fell apart.
IDEA: let’s try electing a new DA for Lehigh County in 2011 and see what happens.
Job Description/Requirements should include: "must work well with others."
Wow, you are a fan of Kuhns and Afflerbach? Both ineffective and pompous. Do your homework Villa, they cost the city plenty and had nothing to show for it. Kuhns was a resume' cop; nothing more. Afflerbach was a disaster on all fronts. Be careful of the wagon to which your star is attached.
Bill Villa

Northampton, PA

#11 Aug 18, 2008
Tired, I stand by my statements. You stand by Jumbo Jimbo if you want. Just be sure to get out of the way when we topple him like that statue of Sadam Hussein or you could get crushed underneath him ...
Anonymous

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Aug 18, 2008
Cant Afford wrote:
Martin would tax us to death. Not sure he is really a republican. Unfortunately, Allentown can no longer afford to keep so called experienced policemen. It is time for these longer serving employees to move on and let the younger up and comming ones move in. It is a matter of dollars and cents.
No, we can't afford (financially or operationally) to let them go.

If they go, they will (hopefully) be replaced. We will then be paying for their RETIREMENT and their replacement. Operationally, no force can lose that much knowledge and leadership without a big negative impact.

As to DA Martin and his problems with Afflerbach, Kuhn and Pawlowski, I don't think that is an issue. All Allentown taxpayers should have problems with this "Axis of Idiots".

Martin might have his flaws, but that's not one of them.
Its just dumb

Allentown, PA

#13 Aug 18, 2008
As long as you keep electing people like Eddie P., Donnie C., and Jimmy M., this is what you get for government!
Bill Villa

Northampton, PA

#14 Aug 18, 2008
Tired wrote:
<quoted text> ... until you have a friend or family member victimized ...
Tired ... you might want to avoid this topic area in your defense of Jim Martin-- because the number of family members of crime victims who feel they were further victimized by DA Martin might wrap around the Lehigh County Courthouse several times and hopefully one day soon ... will.

Please search and read Karen Schmoyer's Letter to The Editor dated July 31, 2008.

Karen's daughter Charlotte was murdered by Allentown serial killer Harvey Robinson.

Here's what DA Jim Martin told Karen Schmoyer:

"He told me the victim's family is not his priority."
Bill Villa

Northampton, PA

#15 Aug 18, 2008
Golf is very important to DA Jim Martin.

He glibly mentions golf in his Letter to the Editor today.

As my family waited ... week, after week, after week, for DA Jim Martin to file charges against the homicidal drunk driver who killed my daughter Sheena (ultimately, it took 10 weeks), we had to wait an "extra 2 weeks" for Jim Martin to return from a 2-week golf outing in Scotland.

In neighboring Northampton County, DA John Morganelli routinely files charges and arrests drunk drivers who kill people within days after the fatal crash.

Jim Martin routinely takes 10-12 weeks ... or longer.

Martin told me the same thing he told Karen Schmoyer.

He told me the victim's family is not his priority.
Comment Not

Allentown, PA

#16 Aug 18, 2008
Bill Villa wrote:
Golf is very important to DA Jim Martin.
He glibly mentions golf in his Letter to the Editor today.
As my family waited ... week, after week, after week, for DA Jim Martin to file charges against the homicidal drunk driver who killed my daughter Sheena (ultimately, it took 10 weeks), we had to wait an "extra 2 weeks" for Jim Martin to return from a 2-week golf outing in Scotland.
In neighboring Northampton County, DA John Morganelli routinely files charges and arrests drunk drivers who kill people within days after the fatal crash.
Jim Martin routinely takes 10-12 weeks ... or longer.
Martin told me the same thing he told Karen Schmoyer.
He told me the victim's family is not his priority.
Bill....any ecent person is very sorry for your loss, and understands the anger and hurt you must feel. It's also apparent it affects the way you perceive anything Mr Martin writes or says. That is also understandable.

May God comfort you in your grief, and heal your angry heart.
Tired of Villa

Dublin, PA

#17 Aug 18, 2008
Yeah, Villa's reaction is understandable, but his hatred is irrational. I hope he gets the help he needs.
Bill Villa

Northampton, PA

#18 Aug 18, 2008
I'm fine. And focused.
Hogan

Northampton, PA

#19 Aug 18, 2008
D.A. Martin, when will you be filing charges in the high-speed vehicular crash death of a 22 year-old that took place on Route 22 about a half-hour after the bars closed on a Saturday night in mid-March?

That one was over twenty (20) weeks ago.

You don't want this case to "get cold" (so people forget about it), do you?

Maybe less golf and more elbow grease, eh?
Jon of Allentown

Whitehall, PA

#20 Aug 18, 2008
Everything in government is political. If you believe otherwise, then you probably believe those guys have got bigfoot in their freezer, too.

And like you should trust whatever a lawyer says as truth? Lying comes as natural to them as breathing.

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