[Vision2020] Another Way to Honor Moscow's Police Force

keely emerinemix kjajmix1 at msn.com
Thu May 24 07:47:01 PDT 2007

I agree with Dan and with Debbie, and I'm sorry if my calls for more awareness of domestic violence were unhelpful at this point.  It's a big enough job now to just grieve, reflect, and offer our support to the heroes among us, those men and women who go out every day to keep us safe, and for whom coming home after shift is the sign of a good day.keely> From: areaman at moscow.com> To: vision2020 at moscow.com> Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 06:27:30 -0700> Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Another Way to Honor Moscow's Police Force> > Debbie,> > Well said.  And thank you.> > While some discussion has been good and informative regarding this> event, others have been nothing more than slams at "the system" (which> we all know has it's faults, but I'd say that's a price we pay for the> freedom we enjoy) or attempts by posters to advance their own agenda.> Some of us have just been plain dumb (I'm talking about me) for> "thinking out loud" on the listserv.> > Honestly, I hoped a situation like this would bring us closer together,> but I fear those "agenda advancers" will continue to drive a wedge.> > I think the best way to honor the MPD (and the LCSO) is to show up en> masse honoring the memory of Lee Newbill on Friday.  Let's line the> streets of the motorcade to show our support.  > > And the next time you see an MPD officer or LCSO deputy on the street,> say "thank you".> > DC> > -----Original Message-----> From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com> [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] On Behalf Of Debbie Gray> Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:36 PM> To: nickgier at adelphia.net; vision2020 at moscow.com> Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Another Way to Honor Moscow's Police Force> > > It would be more of on honor, more respectful, and> more supportive to not try to capitalize on this> horrendous experience and twist it to suit one's own> political or social agendas.> > --This is not the time to debate gun control laws. It> wouldn't have prevented anything. Jason Hamilton could> have used homemade car bombs or one tiny envelope full> of anthrax powder. If someone is bent on mass> destruction, we can't prevent it.> > --This is not the time to push for a union. Would it> have made any difference to Officer Lee Newbill or any> of the other responders if they got paid $20/hr more> that night? Or if their health insurance benefits were stronger? No.> > --This is not the time to blame the prosecutor's> office, the jury, the judge, the doctors, etc. There> are hundreds of thousands of people in and out of our> legal and mental health system every day. Sometimes it> fails. Those are the things we read about. Most often,> it works and you don't know about it because psycho> nut job # 43093902 is locked away never to cause harm.> > --This is not the time, nor will it EVER be the time> to link this kind of event to Doug Wilson, Christ> Church or the non-violent criminal Steven Sitler. I> can't believe the sick, hatred filled minds that dare> to create a link where there is none.> > --This is not the time to second guess the officers> involved, their reactions, your neighbor's reaction,> etc. There is guilt, there is fear, there is joy,> there is grief, there is panic, there is helplessness,> there is raw anger. > > --This is not the time to assume you know anything> about the shooter, the victims, the officers, the> dispatchers, the support staff, their families and the circumstances> involved. Stick with the facts, don't spread rumor or speculation.> > --What is it the time to do? Be patient. Wait for> answers. Be mindful of your actions. Be generous to> your family, your friends, your neighbors. We are all> grieving in some way, big or small. Plan your next> steps. Yes there will be time to lobby for stronger> domestic violence laws, stronger checks/balances with> mental health issues and access to guns, higher pay> for city AND sheriff's officers, funding for top> quality bullet proof vests that could prevent tragic> officer deaths, videos in police cars, etc etc etc.> But please, be respectful of this time when officers> and co-workers and family members and the entire> community are still trying to wade through the> details, mop up the mess, go back to work in a> dispatch center with bullet holes through their pencil> holders, bullet holes through their lives... please> honor them. Don't use them. > > Respectfully,> Debbie Gray (wife of LCSO Sergeant Phil Gray)> > > >  > ________________________________________________________________________> ____________> Need Mail bonding?> Go to the Yahoo! Mail Q&A for great tips from Yahoo! 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