To the editor:



This letter is to those who still have an open mind and to those weighing the pros and cons of having more police to protect us in Independence. I served on an eight-member Public Service Police Tax Committee for about three months, and all of us saw the strong need for more police on the street. Not all agree with the exact numbers or how to fund it, but the need is definitely there.

To the editor:

This letter is to those who still have an open mind and to those weighing the pros and cons of having more police to protect us in Independence. I served on an eight-member Public Service Police Tax Committee for about three months, and all of us saw the strong need for more police on the street. Not all agree with the exact numbers or how to fund it, but the need is definitely there.

I have been on two police ride-alongs, and neither time did the officer have time to stop and eat. It was one call after another. I also spent 40 hours in the Citizen’s Police Academy. Ask any one of those 20 people in that course if there is a need for more officers and my guess is that their answer would be 100 percent yes.

As for taxes, I’m normally anti-tax. For example, I was not for the zoo or park tax, as I consider those more of a “luxury” tax. As a conservative, I only vote yes for the most important ones. For example, the school tax and now the police tax. These are incredibly important votes.

Lastly, let me address the Crackerneck project. I’m not happy with the results to date. However, let’s not take it out on the Police Department or the chief. Having seen most of the evidence for more police and being a person of reasonable judgment, I’m voting yes and asking for your support.