Printed letters, June 10, 2010
Police chief, city did right in firing officers
Law enforcement officers form a major part of the backbone of a civilized society. Law officers must be held to a higher standard than other citizens because law officers have such a great authority to affect our lives. We, as a people, have given to and allow law officers to have power and authority over our lives. That is huge!
The recent firing of the three Grand Junction police officers sends a powerful message to law officers in our area at least. The message is that if law officers are found to violate citizen rights or laws, they will be severely dealt with. The combined Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and police investigation of the vandalizing city police officers is to be highly commended.
People across the area absolutely expected a cover-up. It looks like we have a police chief and city administration that will not this type of thing. Good.
This actually makes it safer for all of us and improves law enforcement’s image here.
The Sheriff’s Department, local police and city administration did the right thing and we and they will benefit from this. Bottom line: Honest cops mean great cops.
Kids playing in street is a parenting problem
In the front page article, “Dust Up,” in the June 7 edition of The Daily Sentinel, John Kelchner is on track with his statements: “Honestly, kids’ lives are at stake” and “All it takes is one kid not paying attention with a truck roaring around the corner.” But he left out my personal favorite: “How many children have to die before something is done?”
How can intelligent and otherwise reasonable human beings think that allowing their children to play in the street is acceptable? Or that “kids lives are at stake” is a traffic problem or a planning problem, when in reality there is a parenting problem, as shown on the front page of the paper?
I lived in that neighborhood in grade school, when that road was the entrance to the landfill and the hill in question was my playground, as were the streets.
I’ve worked in municipalities that actually have rush hours and I’ve worked here, where we have “rush quarter hours,” helping people who call about dangerous roads and fixing issues that could be fixed. I can tell you that one day people will long for the day of just professional truck drivers — when the gravel is gone and developers put in houses with teenage drivers and distracted soccer dads and moms.
Fight with the city and county about whether or not the gravel pit should be there. Get as many improvements as you can from the developer. Raise your voice, as is your right. But if the parents in the neighborhood are worried about the children, they should look in the mirror and repeat after me: Kids lives are at stake here!
New Arizona law reflects man’s inhumanity to man
I was appalled as I watched Jan Brewer, the Republican governor of Arizona, sign a bill instructing police officers to question those suspected of being in this country illegally and, if they could not provide documentation of citizenship, then arrest them.
As Hispanic people are primarily the target of this law, I wonder if people here illegally from Canada, Europe, Asia or South America will be targets as well. Racial profiling is unfair and I believe that the law was signed in order to gain votes.
An award was recently given to Bruce Springsteen regarding his family, who came to this country from Italy. His great grandmother arrived on Oct. 3, 1900. I’ve seen no recognition given to African-American celebrities whose ancestors were slaves brought to this country in chains, in the holds of slave ships, unwillingly. Once here, these people were inspected like cattle and sold to the highest bidder. Families were torn apart, forever. Children were fathered by slave owners — including at least one president.
Unfortunately, because of the actions of Gov. Brewer, other states will likely follow suit. This action truly exhibits “man’s inhumanity to man.”