Police tactics questioned
I’m writing this letter because recently I attended an event at the Salmon Club. We have meetings, then usually a dance to follow.
We had a noise complaint. No big deal. We were told to turn the music down. Cool. We obliged.
But what happened next from the officers concerned me.
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They started talking about the motorcycles in front of the building and asking if they were Hombres and Bandidos. What would that matter?
Ten minutes after they left and knowing bikers were attending our event, eight or nine police cars showed up, semi-surrounding the front of the place of our event. All were dressed for rioting.
They said they had another noise complaint. I question that and wonder if they were profiling the bikers.
Why did they feel the need to come out with eight or so police cars and ready for a riot? Why didn’t they walk in the second time, talk to the person playing the music and tell him there was another complaint?
I asked several others that attended the event and they could barely hear the music from the parking lot.
We are looking into this incident and I would also appreciate the commander looking into his officers’ actions.
We aren’t perfect, but we try to do what we are asked. One officer said his intent was for our group to never have any events again. We will hold events and be respectful to the neighbors.
Tame hearts, curb our appetites
A recent headline in the paper read: “Modern life is hastening human evolutionary pace,” but the question must be asked, “What kind of evolutionary advance is modern life hastening?”
We see in the “Prologue to The Earth Charter” a description of what modern life is hastening: “The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance and violent conflict are widespread and the cause of great suffering. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened. These trends are perilous — but not inevitable.”
Indeed, these trends are perilous but they are not inevitable.
Over our long evolutionary journey, we humans have learned how to harness and tame the powers and energies that are at work in the outer (material/physical) world but we must now learn how to harness and tame the powers and energies that are at work in the inner (psycho-spiritual) world.
Evolution’s thrust from now on must be in the cultivation of that inner (soul) landscape, in the taming of our hearts, in the curbing of our appetites, and in the harnessing and cultivating of those vast spiritual powers of which we humans are capable: capacities for love and compassion, for balance and restraint, for reverence and awe, and for justice-making and peacemaking.
Sister Mimi Maloney and Sister Katherine Gray
Universal health care is flawed
I attended a counter-rally in Seattle recently.
The other side was in support of House Resolution 676 — single payer health care, or whatever the latest buzz phrase is.
While it would be nice to have someone else pay my medical bills, it would be financially ruinous to the country and the question begs to be asked, “If they pay for your medicine and treatment, what do you owe them?”
If you went to college on a scholarship, you were required to maintain a certain grade point average. If mom and dad paid for your college education, they probably expected certain grades. In the interest of your own pocketbook, you let others have that control; you owed them good grades.
Nowadays, insurance companies exert their control over you. Do you want to pass that control on to the government? In a perfect world where money is plentiful, universal health care sounds enticing. But what happens in the real world when money gets tight — not enough money to treat everyone who needs treatment?
Someone will decide who is going to get treatment and who is not. How will you feel when that someone, who can’t get treatment, is your parent? Or your child?
In the interest of your own pocketbook, you may support nationalized health care. Will someone in your family be denied treatment to allow someone else to receive it? At the far end of the spectrum, could you owe them one life to spare another?