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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, August 21

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to: nvespasiano@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
     
    Be a hero!
    A great opportunity awaits you as we approach Aug. 29. This is arranged for young donors especially. We will have a chance to save lives. Yes, that’s very important and you can help. Be a hero! Only three to four percent of Americans donate blood. Our young people, 16-24 years of age are succeeding in being very called and answering this call to save up to three lives with each pint of blood donated. Won’t you help and consider this live-saving act as part of your legacy left behind to help others live also? Please join us at the TACC, at South 17th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29. Refreshments and a lot of appreciation will be shown as we help introduce 16-90 year olds to this life-saving act.
    —Dave Swenson
    Montevideo
     
    Militarization of America’s police
    Much has been written lately over a concern that the police departments of this country are taking on more and more of a military aspect. There are a great number of retired officers in particular across the land that have added their voices to this concern. Is this really the case? If it is the case wherein lies the harm of agencies taking on a more military nature?
    Now first and foremost, I see no problem with law enforcement taking advantage of good tactics and technology in order to make themselves more efficient and safer. A good deal of that technology has emerged from the modern battlefields and the lessons learned there. There are better variations of armor and such things as quick clotting agents and fast dispersal tourniquets to assist our officers when duty gets rough. Police officers in Minnesota have definitely become better trained as time goes on. Elsewhere in the country I am not so sure.
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    Here to my notion, is where some agencies are going very wrong and it could be that the new philosophy of police seeing themselves as modern day warriors may be at the base of it. Ex-soldiers make good policemen because they have discipline but police are not soldiers and they should not manifest the psychological attitude of soldiers. In their respective communities they should not deport themselves like occupiers. In order to remain effective they must maintain an integration with the community they serve or they will be very unsuccessful police officers.
     
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    News article in poor taste
    Regarding the Montevideo American-News front page:
    I suppose the “Deer Me!” picture and article on the front page was supposed to be funny. Really? Picking on an injured and scared animal is funny? How are the deer and birds supposed to see where they are going with big, clear, picture windows.
     
    What on earth is wrong with you guys?!! Grown, professional people laughing at an injured and scared animal and implying that like the deer ran through the window and building just for fun. It was injured and scared and probably went off to die; maybe leaving a couple fawns orphans now. And this is the best you have to offer on the front page? A tacky picture and sarcastic writing? It’s NOT funny! Grow up!
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