Letters to the Editor July 9, 2009

Steve Chittock

Idea a waste of taxpayers' money

This is in reply to Richard Cain's letter ("Drug dog program meant to help youth, not arrest them," June 30), which was a response to my letter ("Police chief thinks he can invade someone's civil rights with dogs," June 25).

Some people can be fooled all of the time, but I'm not one of them. I have not been misinformed about Police Chief Doug Plack nor have I been misinformed about District Attorney Mike Riese.

There are constitutional laws that were put in place to protect our freedom, liberty and property for a reason: to prevent abuse of warrantless or unjustified searches and seizures. The way I see it, this is a great way to generate money for our public defenders, as well as the District Attorney's Office.

The con would be tying our courts up with prosecution that would more than likely lose because rights were violated and suppression of evidence would dismiss the case entirely. And even if prosecution wins the case, there is the possibility of the case going to an appellate court and getting overruled.

In any case it is wasted time and effort, as well as taxpayers' money.

The letter writer stated that through education, community unity and programs, that the drug problem could be brought under control. There is one entity that needs to be addressed: the family unit. Because the dynamics of the family is the product of our community, and the best thing that a community could do is embrace these people - don't give up on them - and try to reach them through compassion and tough love.

Linda Sutter

Crescent City

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