– “Small town America shouldn’t resemble war zone”
“Why do police departments need military vehicles and weapons?”
“Something potentially sinister is happening across America, and we should stop and take notice before it changes the character of our country forever. County, city and small-town police departments across the country are now acquiring free military-grade weapons that could possibly be used against the very citizens and taxpayers that not only fund their departments but who the police are charged with protecting,” by Hank Johnson and Michael Shank in USA TODAY.
– “Crews to begin removing trees on I-5 to put in new traffic cameras”
“First, 500 trees between Lakewood and Lacey must go, then cameras will help improve traffic”
“Contract loggers soon will remove about 500 trees along Interstate 5 between Lakewood and Lacey to improve sight lines for new state traffic cameras.
Seven closed-circuit TV cameras will be installed along the 14 miles between state Route 510 in Lacey and state Route 512 in Lakewood. The cameras need clear lines of sight to operate properly, the Transportation Department says.
WSDOT says the stream of live images from the cameras will help it manage traffic and communicate real-time traffic conditions to the public,” by Rob Carson in The Olympian.
How much more intrusion in our lives do we need to “keep us safe?”
To quote one of this nation’s founders Benjamin Franklin:
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 – 1790)