Recently, we had a shooting in the house behind us at around 5 a.m. There were at least six patrol cars from various departments including Morro Bay, county and CHP when I walked outside to see what was happening. There were individuals combing the apartment and grounds for clues, many remained on scene for most of the day. Over the next few days, many other individuals came to inspect the crime scene.
I question the necessity of having that many officers on site for most of the day initially, when it took less than an hour to subdue the suspects.
I wonder if some of the officers worked overtime inspecting the crime scene that day and in the following days while they built the case against the obvious perpetrators.
If so, who or what is to blame for this apparent mismanagement of time and resources? Is the criminal justice requiring many pages of corroborating, redundant information to achieve a conviction? Is it the desire to protect a fellow public safety officer? Or is it just greed?
Public services cannot survive without the efficient use of employees, driven by budgets and guidelines that reflect sensible time management.
Symbol of America
A few days ago while tending our flower garden in Shell Beach a neighbor came by and told me that at the end of our street they were serving free hot dogs in celebration of America. I thought, could this be? It’s not the Fourth of July today.
Curiously, I approach-ed the lovely estate that rests so gracefully on its perch at the end our super sweet street.
I noticed that the grand gates that are typically closed were wide open. Many were present, what I noticed and perhaps enjoyed more than anything is that all walks of life were invited to (as the sign read) “Celebrate America.”
America, hmm, sort of depressing lately, eh?
I felt tears well up in my eyes and decided that I must walk in, that I, too, must be part of the hope these two lovely gentlemen provided for so many this fine gorgeous day.
And so once again I feel there is hope, as it was displayed so beautifully.
I enjoyed, too, the simple hot dogs that were being served as I realize now they, too, are a symbol of America.
I actually had two!
Thank you, Clifford. Thank you, Don. Thank you both for the hope you shared to all that fine day.
Bob Cuddy’s article on SB 432 in last Sunday’s Tribune (“A good bill? Hold on to your sheets”) was very refreshing, almost enough to restore one’s faith in our free press a bit. Thank you, Mr. Cuddy.
Sen. Blakeslee was one of those in the front line ridiculing the bill. It would be very interesting if The Tribune could get Blakeslee’s comments on Cuddy’s article and print it in the paper.