Police review board needed

The mantle of citizenship cannot be ignored. Failure to demand adherence to standards by agencies results in a breakdown of society. This has taken place with respect to transparency in how police operate.

There are allegedly thousands of unreported crimes committed by officers in the presences of other cops. This active code of silence that protects cops from the consequences of illegal behavior is why Stockton needs a citizen’s police review committee. Repeated instances of cover-ups by the police nurtured current events.

Refusing to make body camera footage available to outside agencies exemplifies how powerful police unions are. Whether mayor wannabe Michael Tubbs or embattled Mayor Anthony Silva use it to play political football is inconsequential. What is important is that this issue be brought forward and implemented.

Those who support the police believe improved policing is not mutually exclusive. As it stands, there is no genuine relationship between the Stockton Police Department and community watch volunteers. Whether Silva wants to play political football, or Tubbs has already made his play, it’s politics as usual.

Citizens want safety and improved quality of life and would be shocked at how powerful the police are.

George Martinez

Stockton

 

Comparisons to Truman

On Aug. 31, when I was scanning the Opinion page, the letter "Trump certainly no Truman" caught my eye. A book by Victor Lasky, “It Didn't Start with Watergate,” brought back memories, so I read a few excerpts:

“(In 1948) Meanwhile, (Harry) Truman was barnstorming Texas in what appeared to be a forlorn pursuit of the presidency. When his train stopped in San Antonio, (George) Parr got aboard to spend a half hour with the president. Immediately, there was speculation that Parr would get a presidential pardon for an old income tax conviction.

Truman, of course, was no stranger to stuffed ballot boxes. In fact, he could never have become president if he had not scraped victory out of the 1934 Senate primary in Missouri with the help of 50,000 fraudulent votes from Tom Pendergast's Kansas City machine. And years later, when "Boss Pendergast" passed on to his just reward, Truman flew to the funeral. The president ignored the criticism. He knew it would soon blow over. So pleased was Truman with Parr's good work on behalf of the team that, shortly after his election, he did reward "Duke of Duval" with a pardon.”

Following Truman is the early political life of Lyndon B. Johnson. I am also a proud Donald Trump follower, and I sure am glad he isn't a Truman.

Leland L. Dibley

Tracy

 

Time to clean up Stockton

A note to Stockton’s City Manager from the people of Stockton: Departments of Public Works, Parks and Recreation are not doing their jobs.

Due to the last few weeks of local media coverage and public outcry concerning the unkempt conditions of our public streets, parks and downtown waterways, it is time for the people of Stockton to stand up for what is right and demand immediate action to correct a systemic problem of Stockton not fully receiving basic city services to keep our town at an acceptable level of basic city maintenance.

The people of this town go to work every day and perform their work to the fullest. If we fail we get fired.

Citizens have to take time and energy out of their busy workday to point out to the city manager that there are living room sofas, dumped furniture and aged debris at Louis Park obstructing the annual regatta event (this is common at other public parks). There and pictures of debris dumped for months on public streets. In addition, to see continuous degradation of basic public services (neglected parks, public roads/sidewalks dirty, fallen trees, junk cars blocking streets) it is clear that certain city managers and supervisors are getting paid but not fully performing their work as servants for the good people of Stockton.

We thank you for balancing the city budgets and making sure city agencies have the resources needed to do their work. You have set the example for all city workers to follow and doing the best job possible to make sure city workers get paid.

However, we are not asking for anything new from your office. We ask only for an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay to ensure our city is kept up to standard. It is not a matter of money, but of quality assurance. So we ask you to please ensure that the people of Stockton are receiving proper performance from city workers who are responsible for the environmental condition of our public streets, parks and waterways.

Richard Rivers

Stockton