Printed letters, Jan. 6, 2010

Shooter’s actions were

‘careful’, ‘responsible’

Gayle Smith wrote an uninformed opinion about the incident at my home on Gunnison Avenue.

When Smith inferred that my husband made a bad decision to shoot, she obviously did not know that Mr. Olivieri tried to enter from at least three different access points over a span of at least 15 minutes, was ordered to leave countless times and was repeatedly warned that police had been called.

Smith states that Olivieri banged on the door. Not true. When he showed up in the middle of the night, he never knocked or rang the lighted doorbell. Instead, he aggressively manipulated both doors and at least one window with alarming determination.

Olivieri repeatedly disappeared from sight, only to reappear again at different access points. His actions were terrifying and demonstrated a determined attempt to gain entry and harm our family. When Olivieri moved out of view from the back door and toward the windows of our young daughter’s bedroom, my husband decided to finally confront the intruder and hold him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Rather than staying on the ground and obeying the commands of a man who had identified himself as a police officer, Olivieri got up. Did my husband shoot him then? No. He kicked Olivieri’s leg to keep him from rising. Unfortunately, my husband’s restrained use of force did not have the desired effect. Olivieri then rose from the ground and charged my husband, who shot him once.

Mr. Olivieri is the only one who made bad decisions. His actions will rob me of sleep for a long time. We prayed for Mr. Olivieri while he was in the hospital and we’re glad he survived, but our consciences would be clear had he not. He was given every opportunity to stop posing a threat to our family.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger carefully reviewed this case and concluded that my husband’s actions were, “measured, careful and responsible.” Too bad the same can’t be said for Smith and others, who place judgment without knowing the facts


McConnell has best shot to defeat John Salazar

Is candidate Bob McConnell for real? That is the question that is lighting up the blogosphere.

The pundits (even as early as November) recognized Bob McConnell’s potential to beat John Salazar.  In their words, he can out cowboy Salazar. I recognized early that in the poker game of politics, Bob McConnell’s Army Ranger cap, complete with combat infantryman’s badge and jump wings could call Salazar’s cowboy-hat bluff.

The question was: Could he raise and could he get grassroots support? That question was answered with his recent Tea Party endorsement by, which held the Tea Party at Lincoln Park last April. Unlike Salazar, who talks the talk, Bob McConnell walks the walk. He is for real. His message resonates with the people because he is one of us and his message is our message.

With the addition of the tea bag to McConnell’s hat, (and the recognition of grass roots support by the Republican Party), Bob McConnell can not only run against Salazar, he can win. Let’s hope the pundits and the Republican Party can recognize a winner when they see one. 2010 will be the year of the Tea Party.

At the time of this letter, Tea Party candidates are polling an astounding 13 points above and beyond the Republican Party, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC news poll, and gaining momentum. The obvious combination of a Republican and a Tea Party candidate would be Salazar’s ticket back to the farm. The only question that remains is: Do we really want to win or do we want to end up again as an “also ran”?



Government decisions don’t make much sense

I am having a little trouble figuring out some of our governmental decisions:

If you cannot afford medical care and refuse to buy it, you are fined. If you cannot pay the fine, do you go to jail and get free medical care?

Shouldn’t we keep the prison at Guantanamo? When we send those people (we cannot call them terrorists) back to Yemen, they will attack us again. When we recapture them, won’t they need a place to go?

On the last hour of a flight, you cannot go to the bathroom and set yourself on fire. What about the last hour and fifteen minutes?

I told you I couldn’t figure this out!



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