Hang Tough

(05/19/2002)

Dear Editor, Hang tough in your stand for accountability and freedom of the press regarding the state police.

As a former policeman I have witnessed abuses against and by police. It is a hard, dangerous job, but we can never let let police act as if the law doesn't apply to them as well.

In the past few years our county has experienced many examples of people in positions of power, police and otherwise, acting as if they are above the law. For Calhoun it is a problem that ranks with unemployment in importance, I believe.

An active, assertive press is necessary if democracy is to work and we are to progress.

People in public positions who act secretively, unnecessarily and usually have something to hide, it seems.

Larry Cottrell
Orma, WV