Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 am
Rudeness is bipartisan
In a recent Journal Gazette there were four instances of comments about Democrats not applauding or standing during the State of the Union address – in op-eds, letters to the editor and a cartoon. Evidently many have forgotten the same actions by Republicans during the previous eight years. At least no one yelled “you lie,” probably because it would have been stating the obvious. I am not condoning rudeness, but I wish to remind everyone that rudeness is not limited to the left.
Accidental call shows officers' professionalism
At a time when certain sectors wish to paint all law enforcement officers with the same negative brush, I would like to praise the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
While I was doing chores in my barn, the phone suddenly rang. “This is the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. You just called 911.”
“I never called 911,” I responded, semi-stunned.
“Well, your phone just did,” the man from dispatch asserted.
“I was just working in my barn. Maybe I butt-dialed you by accident. I am so sorry.”
“It happens all the time,” I was reassured, “however, we respond rapidly. I hear sheep or goats in the background. Are you OK?”
“Yes, I am fine,” I asserted.
“What is your name?” I was asked. I provided my full name.
“What is your address?” I was asked. I provided my full address.
“For the sake of verification, what is your birthdate?” At that point, cynicism overcame my initial surprise. What was he going to ask me next? For my Social Security number?
“If you are a police officer, then I sincerely apologize,” I stated, “however, this sounds like an attempt to scam me for information.” I hung up, turned off the phone and headed back home.
I had just entered the shower when I heard my wife's phone ring. It was the police.
“Yes, I am his wife. He is all right. Do I see two police vehicles? Yes, I do. One is at the barn and the other is heading toward the house.” By then I was in the living room in my bathrobe. “They say they need to see you in person to ensure that you are safe,” explained my wife.
I opened the door as two officers were walking toward my front door. “I guess the call was legit,” I said with a smile.
“Yes, it was,” a friendly officer said to me.
“I am so sorry. When you asked me for so much personal information, I suspected identity theft.” I invited the police officers into my home; however, they did not want to dirty my floor with their snow-covered boots.
“We just needed to verify that you were safe and sound.”
“I am so impressed at your response time,” I explained in awe. “You responded to the 911 call within a second and you were on my property in less than two minutes.” To put that into perspective, it takes Detroit police an average of 58 minutes to respond to priority calls.
Thank you, DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, for making me feel safe. Your officers deserve to be commended for being so prompt, courteous and professional.
John Andrew Morrow
Parade money better spent
Always double government estimates because of underestimation and inevitable cost overruns. That means President Donald Trump's parade will probably cost $20 million to $60 million, not including infrastructure repair. Current estimates show that the first year of PTSD treatment runs about $4,100. For $60 million, the Veterans Administration could treat an additional 14,634 patients.
At the CPAC convention in February 2017, Trump said: “We will take care of our great, great veterans. We're taking care of our veterans.” Just exactly how does a military parade take care of our veterans?