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Opening Arguments


This story sent me straight into full fuddy-duddy mode, shaking my head about the terrible state of things today (when compared to the golden age of my youth, naturally):

The chief of police for Indianapolis Public Schools said the district's plan to cut 20 officers will mean staff and students won't feel as safe.

[. . .]

Garner said he believes the loss will be felt across the district.


"Employees and students are not going to feel as safe. They like having that number of officers available and seeing those officers in their schools," he said. "We're going to get accustomed to it. There's no option. We're going to have to get accustomed to it having fewer officers."

Seeing cops roaming the halls, not to mention metal detectors and drug-sniffing dogs, would have probably kept me freaked out most of the time, and I'm glad I got out of school before all that started. But the "IPS chief of police" is unddoubtedly right that kids today will feel less safe with fewer officers visible.


Bob G.
Thu, 04/29/2010 - 12:28pm

We had 2 PPD officers in our school (Philly)...and I rarely saw them (we had so little trouble).
But they made our yearbook pictures.
I don't recall them EVER making an arrest...maybe they might have made ONE (in 5 years).
But, like you say, that was when things were a lot "better".

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 3:31pm

I can top your "old feller" story. When I was in high school, in West Virginia, some of the boys would carry rifles to school during hunting seasons. They simply put them in their lockers. It never occurred to any of us that they posed any danger to anybody. Today somebody would call the SWAT team.

Larry Morris
Thu, 04/29/2010 - 4:24pm

This isn

tim zank
Thu, 04/29/2010 - 6:15pm

No Larry, that's a liberal, and a dumb one at that. But I digress.....

Fri, 04/30/2010 - 7:11am

Sigh. C'mon Tim, what's your evidence that the woman was a liberal? She was obviously not bright enough to realize the gun-free rule doesn't apply to law enforcement, but that doesn't mean she has any personal agenda regarding guns.
You seem to be equating stupidity with liberalism. That would make, among others, Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck liberals. We can all point to stupid people of every political stripe. Then we could find a barrel of fish and shoot them.

tim zank
Fri, 04/30/2010 - 8:41am

Merely an obvious observation LJ. Call it an educated guess with a 99% probability of being correct. I'll bet ya $100 if ya checked her car you'd find a Hopey-Changey bumper sticker.

If it walks like a duck......