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Mom says county callous to her family’s loss

Regarding the article “Apology sought in crash death” (Jan. 11), special prosecutor Daniel Sigler says the question was did officer Mark Sickafoose exceed his response to the point that it was reckless?

The very definition of reckless driving (Merriam-Webster dictionary) is driving that evidences a deliberate or culpably negligent disregard of life and property and creates an unreasonable risk of harm to others.

The question Sigler proposed is a direct insult to the intellect of every person of legal driving age! The red lights and siren do not give a police officer a free pass on following traffic laws, same as any other citizen. Was the grand jury advised that even emergency vehicles must slow down and use due regard for human life – even with lights and sirens? It really is difficult to imagine that any reasonably sane individual would think that it is OK for anyone to run a red light without even attempting to slow down out of respect for other lives sharing that same road. Since this hearing was held in secret, we will never know.

Sickafoose was never suspended without pay nor was he fired. As a matter of fact, I have not received so much as a letter of condolence from him, Sheriff Ken Fries or anyone else within our judicial system.

Sigler is damn right about one thing – Elmo Portee Jr. should not have died that day! Especially in such a horrific manner – my child did not deserve that. He was a man – kind, caring and thoughtful to everyone, including strangers. He was more than just a statistic – the fourth traffic fatality of 2012. Is that really the only recognition of my son the family will receive from the state? We deserve an apology! We need an apology! Is that really too much to ask?


Unshoveled sidewalks make for a dog’s life

Mollie (our dog) and I walk every morning and again every late afternoon in our neighborhood and the adjoining subdivision. And after recent snows, we found that about 80 percent of homeowners regularly shovel their walks. We thank them for making walking in subfreezing temperatures a little less taxing and much safer. To the 20 percent who don’t shovel, if possible, could you at least carve a shovel-width path on your walks? Both Mollie and I would greatly appreciate it.


Fracking vital component of energy independence

With reference to Michael Scrogham’s Jan. 3 letter, I would like to invite him and anyone else who is anti-fracking to first view “Truthland” and then consider the following points: 1. Fracking creates a lot of jobs, which we need. 2. Exporting liquefied gas will help our balance of payments. 3. Drilling taxes will help the USA to reduce our deficit. 4. Natural gas can make the USA energy independent. 5. Natural gas is clean, cheap energy. 6. Our utility expenses will be reduced as utilities use more natural gas. 7. We can stop purchasing oil from people who do not like the USA. 8. The EPA doesn’t seem to have a problem with fracking. 9. Transportation costs will be reduced as we use less oil.

To me, this is a “no-brainer” issue. Drill, drill, drill!