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Letter: Large towns or small towns, law enforcement deserves respect




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May 30, 2012 | 1,916 views | 21 comments

Editor:

Is there no regard or respect for law enforcement in a small community?

My family is a “transplant” from a large city, by choice seeking tranquility, friendship, and a sense of community in my golden years, after having worked in public service for more than 60 years. I have become aware through personal contact with my acquaintances that they, who are affected, feel insulted if they have been ticketed for speeding in the area in which I live.

The affected have no qualms about calling the sheriff directly to complain about the officer who stopped them. Why not let the court system decide if the officer enforced the law correctly?

On a more serious note, I would like to appeal to my neighbors to reflect on the behavior of our young citizens. Are the parents contributing to the possibility of their early death by allowing their wreckless driving, or worse, driving while intoxicated? I have overheard teenagers talking about the beer parties they have attended and how they had to sneak home. Which parents are allowing this behavior?

On the other hand, I am aware that some parents allow the kids to attend parties at their residence so they can be supervised and if they become intoxicated, and if they “pass out,” at least they can sleep it off at their home. What a nice gesture! Or is this contributing to minors?

In my subdivision, I no longer take walks for fear of being run over by a speeding car or even a golf cart driven on the street by children. The local newspaper has printed stories about the teens that have died while driving.

With graduation soon approaching, there should be awareness in the manner of celebration. Also, if “that cop” stops you, there is probably reasonable cause. Show some self-respect; he is not out there to solicit your direct calls to the sheriff. That cop is enforcing the law and probably saved your life whether you like him or not.

If “that cop” lives in the community he serves, he would be the first person to respond if you called because someone was stealing your patio furniture or some kid is spray-painting your driveway. He’s first to respond because he took an oath to uphold and enforce the law. As a public servant, he is there to educate the people who are breaking the law.

As a community, we should not condemn for personality traits, color of skin, or body shape, but recognize how efficient your paid public servants are. Be careful of comments you make about them; who knows, their mother might hear you.

VALERIE FEARS ASHTON

La Vernia
 

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PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 6, 2012 4:48am
 
crenshaw....Since you indicate knowledge of the benefits, why not enlighten the rest of the populace with this expertise. What is the total compensation of entry level personnel and more senior deputies ? What is the cash ... More ›

 
crenshaw.glen@yahoo.com  
Floresville  
June 5, 2012 11:26pm
 
Prairie Grouch, after reading your comments about Deputy benefits....you don't know any of the particulars.

 
facts  
san antonio  
June 5, 2012 6:42pm
 
This cracks me up to see comments when people don't know the facts.

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
June 5, 2012 12:37pm
 
I believe they also have a retirement plan.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 5, 2012 12:09pm
 
Concerning country law enforcement pay, when lobbying for pay increases by individuals or their families, it is common to leave the benefits out of the picture. I believe it costs the county $797.51 per employee for health care ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 4, 2012 4:24am
 
Increased pay does not increase efficiency in any type of job. It may attract better applicants but does nothing to improve the efficiency and work ethic of the current workforce. Any worker that says the he or she would ... More ›

 
Something Else to Say v3.0  
Realville  
June 3, 2012 9:07pm
 
I would support a 50% increase in pay so long as an increase in performance and professionalism come with the deal, including dispatchers. If the current level of service is expected, I would be vehemently opposed to it. Most ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
June 3, 2012 5:32pm
 
Something to say 2.....Your quote of my comment does not indicate that I believe that police make the laws. If you think so, maybe something is affecting your ability to comprehend. Concerning the degree of respect for the ... More ›

 
One Voice  
Floresville  
June 3, 2012 4:41pm
 
Got it at the last counsel meeting. I did not say they did not deserve it, either. You assumed incorrectly. Generally speaking - people usually earn respect. Sometimes we are feared into it - but, that is not true respect ... More ›

 
Something else to say 2  
June 3, 2012 4:22pm
 
One voice, 42% increase in pay???? where do you get that from? The Sheriff deputies are lucky if they get a 2 or 3% raise per year. What I am baffled by is why everyone gets in an uproar when our military doesn't get their raises, ... More ›

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