RE: Law enforcement in Ketchikan
By Jessica Mathews
October 11, 2006
I read your letter with deep sadness for the loss of potential
for the son you longed for as a mother. I can't begin to know
how you must feel to believe that your dreams for him are dashed.
I hope that he endeavors to do great things.
That said, I felt you were directing your comments to the wrong
place, the police in this town are protecting me and mine from
reckless, dangerous people who fail to abide by the rules and
laws that have been enacted. I welcome their involvement and
wave to them whenever I see them.
Everyone has a choice, your son, you and me. I choose to follow
the law because that is how I want to live my life and I am aware
there are consequences if I don't. I prefer to follow the law
because I have better things to do with my time. If after the
first time I failed to learn well, shame on me. I agree people
can get in a cycle or rut and find a hard time digging out of
it. It is called character development.
If I am wrong, I am, I take my lumps and move on, smarter for
learning what not to do. People who consume alcohol when they
shouldn't can't really complain if they get caught. Same for
any other law violation. They are coming to the attention of
the authorities because of their behavior. It sounds like to
me that several factors are at play in your situation and since
your son is 21 you can now inform him he is an adult in every
sense of the word and should act like it. If he doesn't well
there is that choice thing again.
I will not comment about your perceptions of the judicial system,
law enforcement or correctional officers in this community except
to say that there are two sides to every story and your information
is not first hand, has been clouded with alcohol, and unlawful
Some of the best people I know go to work everyday to keep this
town the nice little Mayberry you think it should be. There are
many sides to Ketchikan and the majority of people feel they
are in a good town. The darker segment isn't something most
people care to see or even know exists.
As for things to do Lord knows there are so many things to do
in this town, expensive and free, I can't do them all. There
are many groups in this town to help youth; churches, sports,
the arts, mentors, big brothers/big sisters. Some people--even
youth--complete community service projects as a way to give back
not as an order of the Court.
I don't go into victim stance much b/c I prefer to deal with
problems head on and not point blame at others that are doing
their jobs. You can move to Iowa if you wish and you can bid
your son well, as he is an adult. But for a town this size and
on an island, I will never say we are in a police state, targeted
or lack for things to do. I have great freedoms here, just staggering
the gifts this area offers and heck what is a little rain anyway?
To the law enforcement and correctional officers of this town,
thank you for doing a very hard job, with little thanks and much
criticism. As for me, I'll be waving.
Received October 11, 2006 - Published October 11, 2006
About: "Resident of Ketchikan"
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
and law enforcement in Ketchikan By Vicky Newlun - Ketchikan,
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.
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