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Law enforcement cheerleaders

Subject: Local and State, Section A, October 27, “Police Recruitment Remains a Problem.”

I read “Police Recruitment Still a Problem” with great disappointment and concern. I felt compelled to share some of my thoughts and observations. Police must redouble their efforts to combat the negative images quickly recalled by George Floyd and similar abuses of their powers.

Historically, this has not been the case. It’s time for the Chief of Police, Mayor and City Council to become law enforcement cheerleaders. Consider public discussions about the positives associated with law enforcement, for example, positive TV ads, involvement in community projects, a desire for positive change, service to one’s community, salary, benefits health and medical and, of course, early retirement.

The chief of police and municipal leaders at all levels must become constant recruiters. It is not enough to say: “I support law enforcement”. Another consideration is that law enforcement must demonstrate that they are willing to police themselves. Law enforcement officials need to stop retreating into their cave by creating an us versus them environment. It only precipitates more problems. City officials could take a page from former police chief Pete Carey’s book. Pete, with little or no budget, spent time in the community making friends or at least getting to know him.

Yes, COVID-19 has made our lives different, but positive leadership can overcome any obstacle. In my opinion, Pete was unique in law enforcement. I’m not saying all of his efforts were perfect, but it was a major step towards breaking down barriers to recruitment and retention.

Without creating more positive law enforcement transparency, recruitment and retention will continue to be a problem. Our community must see law enforcement as friends, not enemies. Along with my family and friends in law enforcement, I want to see more quality law enforcement at all levels.

Willie Breazell

colorado springs

A wild goose hunt

I joined the group of voters who are puzzled as to how to make an informed decision about how many judges to retain. The Blue Book explains that in 1966 voters were complaining about the lack of information available to make an informed decision. In 1988, a commission was created to evaluate performance. It reads no differently than my kindergarten report card from 1965: “Meets standards” or “Does not meet standards.”

I set out to begin my research in hopes of finding individual decisions of presiding judges that might reveal more insight. I was grateful to come across Jon Caldara’s article published in the October 2 Gazette. Conclusion: Vote “NO” for each of them. His summary of commission assessments is as quoted:

“Basically, they assess whether the judge manages his courtroom well, treats his staff well and does not slap the lawyers. All good things, but nothing I care about as a voter. I care about a judge’s ideology. I care whether his philosophy of law gravitates towards a constitutionalist Antonin Scalia or an activist Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

I strongly recommend anyone else puzzled by this judging dilemma to read his article in its entirety; you will not be disappointed. I agree with Mr. Caldara’s view that this “inbred judicial performance system is selfish and utterly meaningless….. and must be abandoned entirely”….. I also agree that, unfortunately , “it’s not going to happen anytime soon”.

At least I know now that I’m not alone in believing that finding meaningful information about these individuals is a wild goose chase. I voted “No” for each of them. My best informed decision.

Michelle McMinn

colorado springs

No word on cost

Nice article on charging stations for electric vehicles in the Business section of October 27. Lots of figures on the number of electric vehicles to come; how many charging stations are needed; how the government is spending millions of dollars installing charging stations along highways; and how new houses/apartments should provide charging sockets.

Interestingly, there is no word on the cost of charging your vehicle.

Al Pfeifer

colorado springs

A bridge too far

It was hard to miss the Gazette’s Daily Equity Commitment announcement recently published in the newspaper. I understand that I live in one of the last bastions of right-wing thought in Colorado, and as such I expect a right-leaning bent from “my” article.

If you were to present a more left-leaning point of view, I suspect your readership would drop dramatically rather quickly. But claiming to be “fair and balanced” goes too far.

A few questions: Who selects the stories that appear in the newspaper? It’s you. Who picks the headlines that dominate these stories? You do. Who selects the guest letters and columns that appear on the opinion page? You do. How many articles are published in The Gazette about how high gas prices are around the world, not just in the United States? How often is the global recession mentioned instead of just making it a Biden problem? How many stories are circulating about the former president’s myriad legal troubles?

I have subscribed to the Gazette for 50 years, and appreciate that you deliver it to my house almost daily; it’s part of my life. Because I don’t share your views politically, I mostly read the paper for local news, sports and crossword puzzles but please don’t sprinkle your non-alcoholic beer on my head and tell me let it rain! Here’s a fun idea: why not post my letter next to your Pledge to Equity section? Just a thought.

rusty baker

wooded park

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