RE: Police and law enforcement
By Kathy Fox
October 11, 2006
After reading the letter by Ms. Newlun, I too am up in arms about
this subject! Here is a case where a "Youth Counselor"
shows her own ineptness. She makes it very clear that she condones
behavior which is contrary to the laws which have been developed
to protect the public. I am sure that I'm not the only person
in this great state that has not been "targeted" by
law enforcement, in fact I value their hard work and dedication!
The underage drinking issue is a sad commentary to the breakdown
of the family and parental involvement in the daily activities
of their children.
If you read Ms Newlun's letter please take special note of the
statements: "for one of his charges" which makes it
blatantly obvious that he is more than a one time offender.
She also states: "You can see how this can impede with
going to college " This statement in itself is ridiculous!
Can you imagine the issues this kid is going to have in college?
Has she not looked at any statistics about underage drinking,
alcohol binging, deaths by alcohol poisoning, etc? NEWSFLASH
. GOOGLE IT!
How about this one: "If a youth is caught, on school grounds,
in anyway involved with marijuana, they are convicted of a felony"
- This is a law put on the books to protect our school age children
from drug dealers, pushers (yes the bad kids), and hopefully
get the kids through grade 12 with enough responsibility ingrained
(again with the parental involvement) to then proceed to college
where they can further their education.
And this: "I am a single parent and that has put my children
in an at risk situation" - Oh no it can't be - Blame it
on circumstance, not yourself. Many single parents raise responsible
young adults. Wait, I just said young adult! That is what they
are Ms Newlun, YOUNG ADULTS. Therefore it is time for them to
make the choices that may possibly follow them for a lifetime.
Ms Newlun states that her son was mistreated by the "jailers"
because he cussed at one of them. YEAH, RIGHT! If anyone else
out there just about fell out of their chair laughing at this
accusation guess what, me too! Here is a more realistic scenario:
Son walks in displaying an obnoxious attitude, tells the officers
(oh, by the way Ms. Newlun, they are Officers not jailers) where
they can go, then begins to lash out. Then I bet the Officers
took reasonable action to contain a combative person. End of
What I read into this entire tirade is that the parent of a delinquent
kid is lashing out at the protectors of our streets and our families.
She says she wants a Mayberry City; well guess what you never
saw in Mayberry Underage Drinking, Meth Use, Marijuanna Use,
not to mention: Rapists, Child Molesters, Killers, Physical Abuse,
Mental Abuse, Child Porn, Need I go on? Look at the papers for
the last year here in Ketchikan and you will find instances of
all of the items listed above. Let's see Andy and Barney take
care of this stuff! Face it, the world is different and it's
not because of the laws, it's because of people who feel that
flagrant disregard of the law is acceptable behavior.
Oh and by the way, I am a single mother who has 2 sons in Law
Enforcement and 1 pursuing a law degree. And you know what?
I think I will take responsibility for how they turned out That
is what a responsible parent would do, isn t it?
Received October 11, 2006 - Published October 11, 2006
About: "I am a lifetime resident of Ketchikan Alaska, I
work here, fish here, and support our great community. I support
our troops both those deployed, and those who work hard to protect
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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