I have had this column in mind for weeks. Actually, my thoughts regarding what I am writing about herein began formalization shortly after the horrific shooting (murder) of Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley back in early August. For a period of days/weeks after this unspeakable incident took place, it seemed as if there was an officer involved incident taking place almost everyday. How is this happening? How is it possible that so many cowardly and completely senseless acts targeting our law enforcement officials and personnel are happening so frequently….and so thoughtlessly in the United States of America?? I am not that old, well, some people say so anyway.
However, never in my wildest imagination did I ever at any time think that I would hear of such horrific events taking place in America. What happened? Where did we go so ridiculously off track?
Well, to start with, in my opinion (and also the opinion of many others) there has been a radical decline in our country with respect to both moral values and boundaries over the last few decades.
I know that I have talked about this before, but it needs to be said again. America has turned it’s back on the foundational values upon which our country was established.
In short, we have turned our back upon the Holy Bible and religion in general.
Truly, any foundation not built upon the word of God will not stand. That is absolutely
true in my view…and on this subject, there is no room for debate and there never should
be. This should not be up for discussion in any form!
Furthermore, the politicizing of the horrific events targeting our law enforcement personnel and law enforcement agencies such as those described above (and many others) does nothing but make matters exponentially worse. Our political leaders had better wake up
before it is too late. Politicizing such brutal and barbaric acts just adds fuel to the fire.
And, for such a significant number of those in our political establishment to not call these acts what they actually are and to practically insight specific radical protest groups to rally against our law enforcement organizations is both unforgivable and inexcusable.
If those supporting and encouraging such ridiculous acts do not wake up soon, there are going to be some really tough consequences for our country to face in the future. And, like it or not, the day of reckoning os not going to be too far away.
On Monday evening of last week, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington organized a “We’ve Got Your Back” rally in the Airline High football stadium parking lot. I was both blessed and fortunate in being able to attend this outstanding event. In quoting a sentence from BPT Managing Editor Amanda Simmons’ headline story from last week’s edition, “Hundreds of people gathered in the parking lot in an outcry of support for those who wear the badge daily and protect the community.” I was personally able to speak to our Sheriff at this event and he anxiously expressed his determination to show support for his team and the personnel that work so hard to protect us all and keep us safe day-in and day-out. As Sheriff Whittington said in addressing the large crowd in attendance at this event, “I wanted to hold this event in order to show my personnel just how much they are appreciated by me and also by this community.” In speaking to the crowd, Sheriff Whittington also acknowledged the tremendous sacrifices that his personnel (our law enforcement officials) make each and every day to keep us all safe and secure. They make sacrifices both for themselves personally and for their families, as well.
I would like to extend a HUGE “Thank You” to Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and his administrative team for hosting such a tremendously fantastic and totally necessary event at Airline High School last week!
I would like to say that I am truly thankful and very appreciative for our law enforcement
community and the excellent jobs that they all do in protecting us and keeping us safe.
I have to be honest, I don’t think that I could do it. I don’t think that I have the courage.
I have long said this about all of our law enforcement personnel positions (as well as fire, EMS, etc.). Also, I would like to include military personnel in this statement, as well. Again, honestly, I don’t think that I have the courage. I don’t think that I could make the tremendous sacrifice! Simply, I don’t have what it takes! As such, I thank God each and everyday (as we all should do) for both the men and the women who have what it takes, they are making the sacrifice, they are both toting and towing the “Thin Blue Line!” And, they are doing such a tremendous job!!
In conclusion, I would like to say (in speaking for both myself and this newspaper) that
we will unquestionably support any and all events such as the one hosted by Sheriff Whittington and his BPSO team last week! Again, thanks Sheriff for what you did and
I truly hope that your timely actions inspire other such events to take place within our community in the very near future!
Randy Brown is Publisher of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org