One of two letters on this I've written to my local paper, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Editor: It appears that Governor Rendell and his minions, re the proposed shutdown of the PICS, might have in effect, grabbed the proverbial Tiger By It's Tail. They seem now searching for some safe, graceful way of letting go. Hopefully, this will turn out to be an unattainable goal, leaving them badly clawed. One hopes that the tiger will suffer no ill effects from having perhaps fed upon Rendell, Col. Miller or other antigun apparatchiks, some of whom are to be found in The State Legislature. Tom Barnes today quotes Rendell as describing himself "conservative on some issues, moderate on other issues, and liberal on some issues". Rendell, while Mayor of Philadelphia, led the charge re attempts to bring suit against gun makers and dealers, blaming them for the criminal acts of others, over whom they had no control whatever. Seems that his past performances are something he would rather not discuss, funny thing that. By the way, re references to the PSP having come up with the latest in anti gun, extra legal scams, Col. Miller, their commandant serves at the pleasure of the governor, no? Given the PSP's past record, which includes their illegal demand for and collection of the Social Security Numbers of gun purchasers, which led to, in Federal Court, the Stollenwerk case and PSP's defeat, how come Governor Rendell has retained Colonel Miller? Does such action on Rendell's part indicate a conservative, moderate or liberal disposition? Now then, there might be a legitimate reason, purpose or necessity for what has been described as "a new data base", one containing the most up-to-date form of criminal records, why weren’t criminal records kept up to date previously, but why undertake this updating, which supposedly requires the complete shutdown of PICS, at the onset of hunting season? Interesting question, no? So at the end of the thing, we come to the following, unanswered question, a question for Governor Rendell and Co to answer. Why was what might be a perfectly legitimate upgrading/updating of an existing system, no matter what one might think of the system itself, undertaken in such a blunderingly stupid manner?