Where are the city's police?
Maybe the recent incident at Memorial Park of a couple dozen trees getting cut down will send a message to the city and make them realize the need for police on the streets. This ranks up there with many citizens being frustrated and complaining about the lack of police. I only have a 20 minute drive to work, partially up I-25, and the things I see almost every day wouldn't be happening here 15 years ago. A car was doing at least 85 mph this morning up the highway near Woodmen and I-25, weaving in and out of traffic where the speed limit is 65. Centennial in Rockrimmon has been turned into a drag strip, or there are motorcycles without mufflers or cars driving at night time without headlights. It seems that nothing matters anymore and the police are there only to react and take reports after something bad happens.
When I do see a police car, it is usually parked in the corner of an isolated parking lot instead of being on the street. I am getting really frustrated with rude aggressive drivers who tailgate me or go around me and cut me off if I am doing the speed limit. I am sure I will see another accident soon with a fire truck serving a dual purpose of saving lives and traffic control with no police in sight.
Rights when encountering police
What are my rights when encountering police in Colorado? I thought you might be interested also. Per the ACLU, "An officer may approach you on the street and ask you questions for any reason. If you are not being detained or are not under arrest, you have the right to not talk to the officer. If you want to exercise that right, simply ask, 'Am I free to go?' If the answer is yes, you have the right to say, 'I do not want to talk to you' and walk away.
An officer may pull you over while driving only if he or she has reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime or a traffic violation. In Colorado, an officer may not pull you over simply to see your driver's license. Once you have been pulled over, keep your hands where the police can see them. Upon the officer's request you should show the officer your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. Other than providing the above information, you do not have to answer any questions. You have the right to say, 'I am going to remain silent.' Officers can ask you to step outside the car, and they may separate passengers and driver from each other to question and then compare their answers. As always, every person has the right to refuse to answer any questions. If you are asked to exit your car, close the door and lock it. An officer may argue that by leaving an open door, you consented to the officer searching your car.
If the officer says that you are not free to go, then you are being detained. In Colorado, a police officer may detain you for a reasonable period of time (I have been told approximately 20 minutes) if he or she has a reasonable suspicion that you are involved in criminal activity. Even if you are being detained, you still have the right to remain silent. You cannot be punished for refusing to answer questions related to suspected criminal activity, and the officer cannot use your silence as a basis for searching you. If you believe that you are being investigated for or suspected of committing any crime, it is usually best to assert your right to remain silent and wait to speak with a lawyer."
Recent law - HB 15-1290 - prohibits law enforcement officers from interfering with your right to record any peace officer-involved incident.
Take advantage of the technology
Those of us who have been stationed in Germany saw effective red light cameras and grateful citizens. The key there: camera mountings are everywhere but do not reveal whether there is a camera actually installed. Camera locations are not public knowledge, and they are quietly moved to meet safety and enforcement needs. So their positive effects extend well beyond their actual numbers/costs.
The technology is there, and its effectiveness is proven. How can anybody be against protecting us from red light runners and left turn violators?
Freedom is not free
Promises by Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis for Colorado to provide free kindergarten and all-day preschool for all children in Colorado, Medicare-type coverage for all Coloradans, and make our state a sanctuary state are all very concerning to me. There is not a unlimited amount of money for these promises.
There are not enough teachers to teach this many children so money will be needed to pay for them. Medicare coverage for all Coloradans does not mean good medical care. Many doctors have had to refuse acceptance of Medicare patients already and many retired because of Obamacare. Becoming a sanctuary state would be devastating for our economy and for our security - just look at California which protects felons, murderers, rapists and provides medical, housing and welfare to all.
Freedom is not free. Someone must pay for these things, and most of us are not multimillionaires like Polis.
Samantha Bee's bad behavior
Re: No excuse for Barr's racist moments.
I rarely read past the first paragraph of Kathleen Parker's column. Her opinions seem to come through a pretty colored set of lenses.
Her piece on Roseanne Barr was justified, but I would have a lot more respect for her opinions if I were to see her write an article of the same tone about others such as Samantha Bee.
I think The Gazette has now had a couple of opinions about Ms. Barr's behavior, but unless I missed it I have not seen one of your major columnists write any piece about Samantha Bee's behavior.
Editor's note: Today's column by Cal Thomas addresses the insensitive remarks Samantha Bee made about Ivanka Trump.