Councilmember right to be concerned about defunding sheriff

Regarding the June 16 commentary by County Councilmember Nate Nehring, “Defunding the Sheriff office by half a nonstarter”: Nate is a young rising star in politics and can see a path forward from both sides of the aisle.

While I am not a fan of the current sheriff I respect that he was duly elected by a majority. I know several police officers throughout the county, and most of them are very good people. It is scary to think that there could be a movement in any state that would take officers off the street; it simply makes no sense.

Our constitutional right to bear arms is going to compound itself when we no longer feel the police can protect us. Citizens walking up and down the streets with six shooters strapped on was great for the Western movies past; not so much for modern times. Please, Nate and all other politicians, think hard before you even consider defunding law enforcement anywhere.

Dean Zevenbergen


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