Gerald Gerads, Sartell
Ron Scarbro’s “Random ramblings on current events” (Dec. 12) is another look into an interesting world. A world where if the president says some policeman needs retraining, Scarbro is sure he means restraining. In a CBS poll Dec. 15, 61 percent of respondents think police need retraining. Maybe none of the officers involved in so many questionable incidents in recent weeks did anything criminal, but we’ll never know because grand juries don’t seem interested in the possibility the force used was inappropriate. But at the very least, don’t these people need to be better trained and evaluated? Just wondering.
Isn’t it just possible Ron isn’t stopped, followed or treated disrespectfully because he is a middle-class white male? That he is not perceived as a threat because of what he looks like? Like the 61-year-old guy in Kalamazoo, Mich. who stood in the street with a long gun, waved it at the police while shouting obscenities, was talked down by the police, arrested and later released and had his gun returned the next day. Did I mention he was white? Just asking.
And isn’t it just a little silly to keep crowing about an election that clearly shows the will of the people when 66 percent of the people didn’t vote? Just saying.
And isn’t it just obvious President Obama’s Executive Order (not Decree) is an attempt to get the Republicans in Congress to vote on the immigration reform, which everybody knows had a majority in BOTH Houses a year ago, but John Boehner didn’t have the cajones (balls) to bring to a vote because he fears the far right in his own party? Just making a point.
On another very cloudy December day nothing much is clear to me except that in a few weeks, when the Republicans ride in with their Great Mandate to do the will of the people, the Democrats will use the filibuster and secret holds to block action to preserve the Republic just as the Republicans did the last few years. And so it goes.