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Letter to the Editor: Favors Public Safety Levy 21-186

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Vote Yes for Measure 21-186

It was the middle of the night when I was jolted awake by a fierce pounding on my front door and a male voice repeatedly yelling, “Let me in!” I frantically dialed 911 to get help—but was horrified to learn there are no Lincoln County Deputies on shift during that time period due to a shortage of staff! I was helpless, my only option being to wait, and pray he didn’t break his way in!

Fortunately, Lieutenant Shanks checked in early for his shift and immediately came to my rescue, resolving the situation within minutes. However, that traumatic experience left me feeling vulnerable. I pondered how we, the public, might resolve that time gap in access to protective services, which leaves us all vulnerable to potential dangers. I was reminded of a quote I once heard that stuck with me: “If you want change, get out there and BE the change!”

Today, I’m a member of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Advisory Group. I have gained a great deal of insight regarding the outstanding strengths and critical needs of the Sheriff’s Office staff and services, many of which are outlined in Public Safety Measure 21-186. Its passage would fund 2 additional full-time Deputies as well as the significant number of public safety services listed in the Measure. A “yes” vote will significantly increase our protection and safety. A “no” vote will save you a few bucks. Which will you choose: your money or your personal/family safety?

Linda Fitz-Armstrong
Depoe Bay

 

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