Printed letters, August 3, 2012
The Daily Sentinel’s Aug. 1 editorial, “Integrity, not tardiness, is the issue for Wright,” and related articles motivated me to do my own investigation. I obtained a copy of Chief Angelo’s memo (dated July 6) and compared it with the editorial and news articles.
What I found was disturbing. Yes, former Officer Jared Wright was less than candid on the incident, but so was the chief. In his memo, Angelo used the phrases “I believe,” “we believed” and “my belief” to justify the termination of Officer Wright. The use of those phrases brings up a reasonable-doubt issue.
Additionally, during the July 9 meeting, if, as reported, the chief told the officer he only had the options of resigning or being fired, the chief was remiss in failing to tell the officer there was an option to appeal the decision.
Also, the chief’s statement that he was legally bound to release the “Brady advisement” to the district attorney’s office was only partially true. During the appeal process the officer could have been exonerated. Therefore, the “Brady issue” would not be an issue.
Unfortunately, the chief acted prematurely when he sent it out on July 6, before the officer had been officially notified of his impending termination. The officer was still within the time limits of an appeal, and the time limits of the appeal process (which could take weeks, if not months).
It seems, in regard to this issue, integrity is a two-way street.
Article was unfair attack on a conservative writer
I could not have been more disappointed with The Daily Sentinel’s journalistic scraping of the bottom of the barrel when what was thought to be a private Facebook venting by a frustrated and unhappy wife became a front-page, above-the-fold personal attack on a conservative volunteer and political writer in the paper’s July 30 edition.
Is Kelly Sloan really that big of a concern to the Sentinel and its subscribers that it warrants a front-page story filled with little more than speculation and questions surrounding his personal life? If the Sentinel had a true public policy interest in this area, it would have voiced its outrage about the time, bureaucratic-invoked frustration, the lawyers’ fees and big-government complexity involved in trying to become a legal American citizen at a time when so many do it the easy and illegal way.
What provoked this keen interest in private matters unrelated to any valid public policy topic? Could it be Sloan’s affiliation with Americans for Prosperity that triggered this National Inquirer tactic of using his wife’s personal Facebook page for unflattering information? Whatever it was, I think most reasonable Coloradans would agree it was completely uncalled for.
The Sentinel should strive for a higher and broader standard of public policy debate than what we see in the checkout line at the grocery store.
SEN. STEVE KING
Stories on Olympics belong on sports page, not front page
It seems very insensitive to splash on the front page the item about Jordan Weiber when she had a bad day. I am sure she felt bad enough without you splashing it on the front page in supersized letters as the lead story.
She was a strong contributor to our “fabulous five” when the team won the gold medal at the Olympics after a long, long drought. You chose to put this victory on the sports page (which is where all sports items belong), rather than the front page in supersized letters.
I know this won’t change the way you exploit embarrassing items and hide exceptional ones, but this type of decision is the reason many people, including myself, regard newspaper reporters and editors just above trial lawyers but below politicians.
Businesses are still backbone of our country
It’s tough to get the truth from political speeches. Once in a while it slips through the cracks. When the president was talking about business, he meant it when he said, “You didn’t build that.”
This idea is nothing new. His choice to set up his new consumer protection agency, Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren, said the same thing in a speech last August. They believe government is the most important source of business success. I’ve often heard local liberals saying this.
Who cares? This is old news now. I say we all should care, because this is the closest we will get to what Obama really thinks. Most of us, to include old-fashioned Democrats, don’t often get to hear what the hard-core left is typically saying. They like to keep a low profile on issues like this because, when you hear what they really are thinking, it can be scary. They know it and get angry when you call them out on their core beliefs.
Most people believe that exceptional American businesses are the backbone of our country’s prosperity, not government. Government should be playing a supporting role. When it gets in the way of individuals building up their businesses, we all suffer.
Does anyone believe President Obama is supportive of business? Those who matter, the small business owners, certainly don’t. Higher taxes and more regulations are not supportive.