Printed Letters: September 28, 2019
Article about Red Cross was poorly timed
The Sept. 15 Sentinel article on the American Red Cross could have hardly been more poorly timed with thousands of volunteer responders still deployed and aiding many tens of thousands of disaster victims from Harvey, Irma and wildfires throughout the West.
The story, presumably attempting to be balanced, gave voice to the social media trolls who spread rumors, inaccuracies, dissension and misinformation about the ARC.
So, ARC President Gail McGovern is rumored to be paid approximately $500,000 in salary. Consider the organization’s responsibilities and the resources that she must try to maintain to meet those responsibilities. Competent CEOs capable of running a major enterprise should and do command good compensation. I say that managing the ARC and meeting all these needs is far more challenging than running a major corporation of similar size — jobs that generally pay far more than Ms. McGovern’s salary.
The ARC must be prepared to respond, virtually instantly, to disasters as varied as a single-family home burning down in our local area to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Americans in Texas, Florida or anywhere else in the country. Meeting the basic needs of the victims of these problems range from providing hotel, meal and clothing vouchers to a family who has lost everything in a fire to setting up shelters to provide health services, food and safe, temporary accommodations for tens of thousands. Often the needs are so great that no amount of aid could be reasonably deemed enough but ARC, like government agencies and other NGOs, marshals all the resources it can under these most difficult circumstances.
It has no guaranteed revenue stream (read that as no taxpayer funding) to allow for detailed budget planning.
Instead of carping about ARC rumored funding and support issues from the comfort and safety of social media, concerned folks might consider deploying and seeing for themselves what it’s like working 12-hour shifts in an uncomfortable, over-crowded shelter full of desperate people and being away from home for weeks at a time for no financial compensation. For those unable or unwilling to do that I would suggest opening your hearts and wallets to support those who do. Further, do a little research and confine your social media posts about the ARC to things you can actually verify.
SUSAN AND JERRY NORTON
Disrespect shown by NFL players is disgusting
I most likely have watched my very last allegedly professional football game. I am disgusted by the continual disrespect given the national anthem by these under-educated, overpaid idiots in football jerseys. If I ever hear on the news that these numbskulls have begun to show appreciation to the country that has given them such inflated egos with salaries to match, then, maybe then. But until then — no more.
MCSO training showed lack of regard for residents
Let me be clear. I am retired federal law enforcement. I support law enforcement at all levels. I understand the need for training for officers in all of their skill sets. I know how difficult planning such training can be and the detail work that goes into it.
That said, a recent incident has me a little disappointed and a little angry at our Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. I live on Ouray Avenue, close to the intersection with 10th Street. At the corner of Grand and 10th Street (across the alley behind our house) is an abandoned church that will soon be torn down for a building project. It is vacant and hollowed out.
On Monday, the MCSO used it for a training exercise for their SWAT team. They set off a flash bang grenade as part of that exercise. It is incredibly loud. It drew the attention of people in a two-block radius. The problem is there had been no notification to the residents of the neighborhood about this exercise. It was frankly frightening. It was very disrespectful to the residents. It was really poor planning. Some of us called to complain and the officers we spoke to were apologetic, but I’m not sure that is sufficient. I’d like to see — instead of an apology from lower ranking officers — a letter from the sheriff guaranteeing that it won’t happen again. Training should receive some sort of review from their community relations office that will try, as far as is humanly possible, to avoid a repetition of this event.
Let me reiterate, I understand the need for this type of training. What I don’t understand is the apparent lack of regard for the residents of the surrounding neighborhood.
Disrespecting flag shows preference for oppression
Respecting the flag is a symbol of our constitution and the freedoms we supposedly enjoy from government oppression. Disrespecting the flag is a symbol of one’s preference for government oppression.
RALPH G. NASH