Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

July 2, 2009

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While C3I investigators continue to maintain that the public may be able to help police solve the murder of Rose Marie Leyh, so few details about the crime have been released that it is difficult for the community to understand what kind of information may be helpful.

Obviously, investigators have to be careful about the kind of information they release to the media. But it would seem that some basic information, such as the approximate time of death, autopsy results and some general information about the victim, could be instrumental in someone from the public stepping forward with information.

Leyh was found bludgeoned to death in her home on Essex Place on Cumberland’s West Side on May 26. More than 50 people have been interviewed by C3I, but no progress in the case has been reported. C3I investigators said the case continues to be a priority....

Give President Obama a mixed score when it comes to following up on his campaign pledge for transparency in government.

The administration has ordered that more information be disclosed in Freedom of Information Act requests. It also has set up a number of Web sites allowing the public to track government programs, funding and how money is spent.

But the president is balking at releasing White House visitor logs to the meda. It also is refusing to release more photos documenting the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan....

Is there a more dangerous local intersection for pedestrians and motorists alike than the one in front of the Kensington-Algonquin where Washington, Baltimore, Greene and Cumberland streets all converge?

It would be money well spent to have a consultant come up with changes that would improve traffic flow and safety. Perhaps closing traffic to Cumberland Street, or at least making it one way, would help....

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