Friday, September 14, 2007

Day 521 - Don't shoot the messenger...

This letter should go to the District Attorney, NOT not the Times Standard.
Put the Moore case behind us

For months we have seen the face of Cheri Lyn Moore in the paper. It's time to let it go.

Any time a mentally ill person, high on whatever legal or illegal substance, threatens the public safety with any kind of weapon, it is our law-enforcement officers' duty to prevent any risk to bystanders, as well as themselves. It doesn't matter what the weapon is, whether or not it is loaded, or even whether or not it looks like a toy. The time for defusement is past when a weapon becomes a threat.

Sorrow for loss of life, and compassion for loved ones' grief, doesn't take away this responsibility.

If my child happened to be passing Ms. Moore's apartment, and had an eye put out by a misfired flare gun, I would consider the law enforcement remiss in their duty.

If Christopher Burgess were to stumble over my child in the school yard with an open hunting knife, I would consider the law enforcement remiss in their duty. I think most members of our community are grateful to know that our police force attempts to protect us from such possible threats.

It is time for your paper to stop the daily reminder of Ms. Moore's tragedy. Our police officers acted appropriately. This tragedy is not the fault of law enforcement.

Whether we agree or not with the officers' actions, the blame still falls on the one who threatened the public safety.
Give us a break. Let the community heal by putting this sad situation behind us.

Betty Shipman
Fortuna


Let's hope he gets her message: Give us a break. Let the community heal by putting this sad situation behind us.

Funny, since he invoked that word "heal" in his recent response.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

if you really think about this issue, 521 days is amazing.

How about a recall for just being an incompetent lawyer, a pathetic leader, and a leak in the county payroll ?

Anonymous said...

How about a recall because he is a liar.