This is in response to Jan Girardot's Dec. 11 letter to the editor in the Post Independent. It's nice to see someone using their right to free speech. What saddens me is their complaint of someone else exercising theirs as well.
I read that in a bored moment he switched to KGLN on the AM dial. I am sorry that he found a station on the radio dial that didn't agree with his personal opinion.
Country and Western music doesn't agree with my personal viewpoint, but the difference is that I change the channel and don't listen to that station. I don't like NPR on the radio either, but I don't protest its renewal, I just don't listen. I just change the channel.
If these stations were breaking the law, the FCC would have already done something about them.
Everyone likes getting up on their soapbox and making noise. Mr. Girardot made his, I made mine.
On Dec. 10, my small neighborhood met with a few of Garfield County's finest - and that they were.
Due to the small rash of home burglaries and invasions in the nearby vicinity of our homes, one of the homeowners took it upon herself to contact the Garfield County Sheriff's Department to inquire if we could get an officer to visit our neighborhood for a short discussion on how we could better protect ourselves and possibly advise us of progress in the cases which involved two of the homeowners.
Their response was, "Of course we can do that. We can get an officer there any evening you wish and the information may be shared with fellow neighbors."
Within days we had a cursory homeowners association meeting on our personal agenda and the sheriff's department was advised.
A single deputy did not show up for this meeting, but rather an army of Garfield County deputies showed up to inform us of progress on the numerous cases.
Investigators Dudley Doyle and Rob Glassmire, Sgt. Smoke Torres, and sheriff's department public information officers Tanny McGinnis and Jennifer Kelly were professional, knowledgeable and as informative as anyone could imagine of any law enforcement agency in this great state of ours.
They shared tips on improving the security of our homes both outside and inside, how to assist each other in as much as in other "neighborhood watch" programs, cell phone emergency updates and Internet websites offering safety tips. This list of safety tips continued on and on for any scenario one can conceive, even away from one's home.
At the end of the meeting, business cards and contacts were shared by everyone. It was conveyed to us by this team of professionals that any call to the Garfield County Sheriff's Department is seen as it being a privilege for them to come to our aid, no matter the circumstance.
This short, informational session lasted more than two hours due to our questions and their patience in answering every question.
"To Serve and Protect" are not just a group of words in Garfield County. Give them a call - for any reason.