Archive for June, 2009

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Caught ya’!

June 11, 2009

Have you ever gotten a reverse 9-1-1 call? How about one that tells you to lock your doors and stay in your house because criminals are on the loose in your area?

That happened last weekend in my quite hometown state of North Dakota. Most of the time, life is quiet and stable there. So last weekend when law enforcement in the rural western part of the state, caught two escaped convicts from an Alabama prison, I shouted, Woo hoo!

The takedown happened near the city where I was born, in Stark County. That is an especially rural area, and while I’m sure there is crime, the officers there don’t spend most of their days looking for killers and thugs. It’s just not part of life up there.

So I have to believe that the ongoing training law enforcement officers are required to take  prepared them for this event. These two criminals (and their two accomplices) were in prison for murder and attempted murder Рthey are not nice guys! They got through seven states without getting caught.

A rancher, one of those who received the reverse 9-1-1 call, heard his horses get skittish and called authorities. They caught all four good-for-nothings, but not without gunfire exchange…started by the convict imprisoned for stabbing someone, i.e., atempted murder, who came out shooting!

In these “tough economic times” (which by the way I’m sick of hearing everyone whine about–be proactive, take action and stop looking for handouts!), cities, counties and states should not make cuts to law enforcement and education. Those essential services protect us every day and prepare our children for the future, empowering them to continue making the United States greater.

If you want law enforcement officers prepared for any situation, even those that don’t happen frequently where you live, tell your city and county commissioners, and your state legislators. Make sure where you live officers¬†are adequately trained, equipped and compensated so they can afford to stay in that profession, looking out for the rest of us.

I have to ask…will those N.D. law enforcement agencies get the $5,000 reward?

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Airlines – attention please!

June 1, 2009

I traveled recently for the first time since airlines added the checked baggage fees. Paid $15 per bag each way, on top of the nearly $500 ticket! But anyway…

What annoyed me more were the other travelers who in their “brilliance” [and that is laced in sarcasm] decided their gynormous bags were in fact carry-on size so they could skip that little extra fee! Annoying because THEY ARE NOT CARRY-ON SIZE. [yelling intentional here]

More annoying is that the AIRLINES SEEM TO ALLOW IT! What kind of b.s. is that? They all post those cute little boxes by the check-in kiosks so we can make sure our carry-on bags fit there. Yet airline staff ignore all those who walk by with bags two and three times bigger than that box.

One very overweight woman had two “carry-on” bags, each so big she could not even lift them into the overhead bin. And yet…none of the airline staff said a word.

Come on! Either enforce your rules or skip the extra fee. It’s not fair to those of us who do play fair, who go along with the system and pay the stupid fee.

For you passengers, if you really cannot afford the extra fee, maybe you can’t really afford to travel by air. If you can, then do the rest of us a favor and check your bag or pack lightly enough that you can board with one-count-em-one carry-on and a purse or briefcase.

It’s a matter of courtesy and safety.