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Some officers make mistakes but that does not reflect on most

To The Daily Sun,

These past few months and years, law enforcement has been severely tested. There have been multiple incidents where law enforcement activity resulted in the deaths of either suspects or innocent black men, or texted bias on cell phones. People may think all law enforcement is alike. This is not the case.

In spite of these tragedies, local police, FBI, etc. can be proud, for the jobs they do in their daily activities. Every law officer puts his/her life on the line, either on duty or off, from the moment they complete the requirements of their office and take the oath. Their job is to protect all citizens, even suspects and criminals to ensure rights are not compromised. It is a sad day when the officer never returns home to his family again.

A New Hampshire State Trooper or local police officer puts his/her life on the line patrolling the highways and interstates. A traffic stop puts them at risk for being hit by the speeders on the roads. Who knows who is in that car? Is it a criminal on the run? Is the person armed? Is it a person upset and distracted by emotional issues? Is there a child in trouble in the car? A woman under attack and frightened? The trooper/officer must be prepared for anything when approaching the stopped car. More than most professions, they are called upon to make correct decisions rapidly, on the spur of the moment. Incidents may be simple, others complicated, tragic. It could be matter of helping someone.

Local law enforcement officers do multiple duties: investigations, traffic control, construction protection and own civil matters. New Hampton Police is one example of fine men and women who protect all of their town. Home break-ins are handled professionally, assurances provided to the residents. Timely tips are given to prevent another event. Medical emergencies, accidents, they are usually there before EMS many times, offering first aid whenever they can. Some officers may be EMTs with oxygen and defibrillators. They provide heads-up to approaching EMS teams and fire companies. Life saving medications are provided to people with addictions.

We deplore these recent news of police tragedies. Please remember, one needs to put yourself in their shoes. Some officers do make mistakes. This does not and should not reflect on the entire law enforcement officers. "Bad apples" may exist. In time, they will face justice. These fine men and women who ride our roads, walk their beat, take to their bikes (both foot and motor), are indeed ones we can count on to protect their communities and civic/public events (i.e., Bike Week, etc.).

If you should encounter an officer, whether to say hello, or being stopped, please give them the respect they deserve, and make that moment an easy one for them (and yourself). Please be the one that enables them to go home with a smile on their face and in their hearts. They may have another even harder incident to deal with. Lessen their stress load. Give them encouragement, and make their day.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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Japan essentially shot us in the back with a cowardly attack

To The Daily Sun,
Leon R. Albushies continues with his tired rants on big ole evil America, this time chastising us for dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and thus ending the war with Japan. He teases with maligned enlightenment that America would have never invaded Japan saying, "Why would we risk the lives of thousands of Marines when Japan had been defeated and subject to the rule and dominance of the United States."

First of all Mr. Albushies, I know that you are many years older than me, so I am shocked of your absolute ignorance of this well-documented theater. Japan may have held the proudest and more brutal of all the armies of modern day warfare. Despite America's hard fought, bloody victories at places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan still had quite a military force. I know that we were pounding Japan with bombers and had crippled its military capabilities (thank you Gen. Curtis LeMay and many brave pilots), however its elite Imperial Army still boasted over 5 million troops in areas like Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, the Dutch East Indies and Malaya.

Secondly, although there had been a few famous generals and admirals (Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz) who were quoted as saying the bomb may have not been mandatory for the defeat of Japan, however, the fact of the matter was that Japan had not surrendered. Your letter paints Japan in the light of being a sad, innocent victim of war, and that is where I reject it, Leon.

Japan essentially shot us in the back with a cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor. Their soldiers and government had been guilty of war crimes against other nations and their own people for centuries. They had refused to sign the Geneva Convention of 1929. Their government supported burying women and children alive in China. Torture prison camps in the Philippines. The Nanjing Massacre. Japanese killing competitions.

Then there was their proud warrior ways. The way of the Samurai. Falling on your sword or drinking poison rather than being taken prisoner (probably because they thought they would be treated like they treated prisoners). And if you think shooting their planes down was easy why don't you ask the survivors of U.S. naval boats like the Abner Read (DD-526) and around 47 other vessels sunk or damaged by kamikaze attacks just how easy it was.

The fact of the matter was that they hadn't surrendered at that time. Very few people thought they would just submit and comply with our government. It wasn't in their nature. Of course the bomb was also a message to Russia, which may have had more atrocities against humanity than Germany and Japan put together. Many of the major powers had been racing to develop the bomb. All I can say is that you should thank the higher powers that be it was the United States of America and not Germany, Russia or Japan that had perfected it first, or the world we live in would be very different today, Mr. Albushies. In that world, if you had written into a local newspaper complaining about the atrocities you believed your government was committing you then you would be quickly hauled off to a gulag somewhere for voicing your opinion and executed in some horrific manner.

Thomas Lemay


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