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With Strawberry Days upon us next month, I’m wondering what would be deemed appropriate attire by government officials for such an event.

Are there certain colors or accessories that raise flags as gang related? Based on cop shows I have seen, almost every color belongs or represents a gang in some part of the world.

So what would be the best way to show that you are just a normal person, at a normal carnival, just having a fun time with your kids?

Would one of those requirements be to be non-Latino? That is the message that was heard loud and clear last year. I am certainly going to tell my Latino friends not to show their faces unless they want to be racially profiled and eventually arrested.

Seeing what happened with my brother David Centeno getting arrested for wearing his Dallas Cowboys colors, I certainly don’t want to be seen wearing my Denver Broncos jersey and have police believe I belong to any gang affiliated with orange and dark blue.

Another reason why I would want to wear the most neutral “non-gang” colors is in case I see my nephews – the same nephews that saw their father arrested and loaded up on an immigration bus. I wouldn’t want them to get more traumatized with also seeing their aunt get questioned or probably arrested because she wore a color that, in some big city, actual gang members wear.

How about for training purposes the sheriff’s office spends my tax dollars going to, say, Denver or Los Angeles to see what an actual gang member dresses like and how he or she behaves? I would most certainly feel much safer when the sheriff’s office has had actual experience with a real gang member, and thereby can distinguish the difference between a true criminal and a sports fan. It seems like not a hard thing to do. But unfortunately our sheriff’s office has had no real experience with this issue, so we can’t expect them to know how to act in such a case.

Debbie Centeno

Glenwood Springs

Apparently our business community no longer needs to do background checks on its employees, according to the May 5 Post Independent article, “Residents rally against local’s deportation.”

Morality and legality do not coincide with each other. I thought the reason for the background checks was to decide if a person was good enough morally to work for the company. Apparently that is not the case. This can save businesses large sums of money for these background checks.

Gregory Johnson

Glenwood Springs

I sure would like to see a news article again about why gas prices are so high in this valley.

We just went to Grand Junction and purchased gas at $3.85 just off of Horizon Drive. It’s a crying shame that these gas stations just continue to let us have it in the shorts when it comes to gas prices.

There is plenty of gas. Consumer Reports keeps saying that gas prices keep falling. Why are we being gouged again?

Jane Spaulding


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