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Aftermath of riots will be substantial

A police officer walks by a blaze, Monday,

A police officer walks by a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. Photo Credit: AP / Matt Rourke

As a retired New York City police officer who experienced the great social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the the Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement, I would like to point out something that I believe is being neglected by the media -- the aftermath [" 'We won't tolerate disorder,' " News, May 1].

With businesses and buildings destroyed in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, there will be an economic impact. The destruction will take many years to correct. Elderly and ill people will have to travel farther for medications. Education has been disrupted. Many other problems will become apparent as time passes.

The impact on the police must not be underestimated. Constantly putting everything they do under a magnifying glass will demoralize them to believe that the less they get involved, the better. This will be catastrophic at a time when the threats to America from both foreign and domestic sources are growing.

Finally, there can be no tolerance in a civilized nation for mindless destruction regardless of the cause. Those responsible must be prosecuted fully.

Don Meurlin, Huntington

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