LETTER: Proposition 1 critical to public safety

Saturday, March 27, 2010 | 5:17 p.m. CDT

Community safety becomes more critical as populations increase. That’s why I’m urging everyone to vote in favor of Proposition 1 on April 6.

Its passing will authorize the deployment of cameras downtown and enhance public safety. Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has said publicly that safety cameras are a deterrent to crime.

Where freedom from observation is concerned, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that what happens on public streets and sidewalks is not private. Plus, results from a Keep Columbia Safe survey indicate 91 percent of us feel safety cameras are needed. If Columbia’s Special Business District holds to its offer to cover half the expense, the cost to the city will be only $12,500 annually.

When April 6 arrives, please vote yes on Proposition 1 and help ensure the safety of those who proudly call Columbia their home.



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John Schultz March 28, 2010 | 8:53 p.m.

Mr. Benedict is incorrect about the cost of the cameras to the city. He is quoting the figures from the previous contract that the city council voted against. Additionally, my understanding is that the Special Business District's contribution was limited to a single donation. Another key point to make is that this proposition does not force the council to actually purchase cameras. That would require the council in place at a future time to approve a second contract. In other words, this proposition is nothing more than a popularity contest and does not achieve an iota of "safety" to Columbia citizens.

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phillipp young April 4, 2010 | 10:48 p.m.

mr. benedict must be democrat.they always think more government intervention will solve all our problems.we have police to patrol streets, thats what they get paid to do.keep letting cameras go up everywhere and before you know it, the cops will be replaced by cameras.hows that gonna keep you safe?the camera cant stop the crime they just record it.whats the good in that?maybe for court puposes, but it dont help stop the act from happening.

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