LETTER: Downtown cameras will help local government keep citizens safe
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | 4:04 p.m. CST
On April 6 I will vote "yes" on Proposition 1. While I have always been a proponent of limited government in our daily lives, I feel that the primary role of local government is to ensure its citizens' safety. Last year, I was offended when our City Council denied Karen Taylor the opportunity to reopen the discussion on downtown cameras. As elected representatives, City Councils should be responsive to its constituents.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that what happens on our public streets and sidewalks is not private. Proposition 1 will allow our police chief, Ken Burton, to deploy or move downtown safety cameras for the purpose of enhancing public safety. He has publicly stated that safety cameras have a deterrent effect on crime.
Please join me in voting "yes" on Proposition 1.
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