“SFPD, War Protests…”

by on January 30, 2007

Hey Paul…

Good to see the topic of the SFPD on Beyond Chron, Re: Ted Tavrer’s article

Since the Progressive Left’s imposition of their “state of political correctness” on San Francisco, they no longer hear the squelched voices of a majority of San Franciscans who value highly what used to be known as: “law and order”

An unsupportive DA, “politicized” police commission and incompetent OCC, plus endless meddling into police matters by the jackasses on the BOS have irreparably damaged “law enforcement culture” for a generation of SF police officers. What has it left us? A grossly understaffed department, weak (dare I say, emasculated?) leadership, and unhappy officers.

The notion that The City paid out the equivalent cost of two police academy classes to an officer wanting to return to work boggles the mind. Sadly it is story typical of today’s San Francisco. Does anyone still wonder why the vast majority of our police officers and fire fighters – most of whom are well-paid and can afford to do so – choose not to live in The City?

Brian O’Brien

Dear Editor,

As Americans marched on January 27 to demand the end of the war in Iraq, that evening we had the opportunity to hear presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio), U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., CA), and Ms. Carol Ho, mother of Lt. Ehrin Watada, speak at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. Rep. Kucinich, a co-sponsor of H.R. Bill 508, boldly spoke of his “12 Point Plan” to end the war now and bring U.S. troops home, a plan which includes U.N. peacekeeping involvement, non-privatization of Iraqi oil, and reparations to the Iraqi people (www.kucinich.us). Rep. Kucinich shared his vision of pursuing peace for the U.S. and the world, including the creation of a Department of Peace, and the abolishment of nuclear weapons. Ms. Ho spoke movingly of her son, who is now facing court martial for refusing to engage in “an illegal and immoral war in Iraq” – – based on the Nuremberg Principles – – and for speaking publicly about his conscientious belief, and called on all Americans to demand the government to let her son resign and speak his conscience. Rep. Lee, who voted against the war from the beginning, reminded everyone that the American people’s demand to end the war now is “being heard loud and clear” in the nation’s capital. Rep. Kucinich, pointing to the words on the green button that he and many in the church sanctuary were wearing, said, “Barbara Lee Speaks for Me.”


Anh Le

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