beverly lemons

beverly lemons 3 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat police chief, deputy chief put on paid administrative leave

I have a copy of the letter, I have shared it in certain circles. I will not paste it here, not only because the Pilot would pull it, but because I do not think that is what Dave Kleibert is after. I believe he was ethically and morally so disturbed by the actions of Joel Ray, and the complete lack of accountability to which he has been held by his superiors, that he felt this was the only venue to bring attention, and action, to what is a terrible and outrageous situation at the SSPD.

I am disappointed that our city manager and other officials have looked the other way for the last few years, in spite of ample evidence of some very serious ethical and professional issues with Joel Ray. These problems have been brought up before, but ignored.

I commend Dave Kleibert, and those officials who have chosen to take action with regard to this issue. It is my hope that we can remove Joel and others within the SSPD and start fresh with people of caliber and quality. Additionally, administrators who have acted in complicity with Ray, either by ignoring the situation or justifying any of numerous serious breaches of both legal and ethical behavior, need to be removed, and replaced with people who stand for the community as a whole.

Some have said no one is qualified to run the police department without Joel at the helm. Believe, me, it will run better with no leadership than with this man in place as it's head. Good riddance to rubbish.

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beverly lemons 1 year ago on Gary Hofmeister: Really, really, really…

How about a black person lectures Gary and friends on white history while advising them about wonder bread and mayonnaise? Should they decorate themselves with the rebel flag or the tea party snake while walking around Walmart with their assault weapons? How about the wonderful white Christians of Steamboat disenfranchise themselves of the notion that it is their right to go Ayn Rand on those who were not born into the white privilege they are so freaked about keeping? People of color will not kotow to you, get over it.

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beverly lemons 1 year, 3 months ago on Kate Nowak: A plethora of resources

Thank you Kate! I am a grandmother, so not as aware of these resources as a younger person would be. May I add that anyone facing a crisis can reach out to neighbors and co-workers? Let's not be silent when it comes to our children, and the children of the people in our community.

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beverly lemons 1 year, 3 months ago on Dagny McKinley: Any help for mothers?

Dagny, you are writing the same questions I, and many others have. So far, only the anti-abortion group (Selah) is offering support for troubled parents, and I doubt they are really able to do much. Social services does not seem up to the task, either. This tragic and horrible death of a small child via extreme neglect highlights a severe gap in our community when it comes to the needs of children and parents who are not able to care for their children for whatever reason. I would like to see day-care for any child made available to all the families in our community, as well as a whole slew of parenting classes and support services for folks who are ill-equipped and overwhelmed and want to do better. Will different groups and entities do something proactive about this? Making child care available to everyone will bring cases like this to the attention of the authorities before it results in death, again. It would also allow parents the opportunity to get a grip on what they are doing, if they are in trouble.

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beverly lemons 1 year, 3 months ago on Thinking About Health: Facing the realities of high-deductible insurance

You're lying. I was never eligible for medicaid or any other programs. Many people just like me have gone without healthcare until now.

No one has stolen anything, and no one owes you an apology. If you're without insurance at this point, it's all on you, not me, not Obama, and not the fault of the AHA.

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beverly lemons 1 year, 3 months ago on Thinking About Health: Facing the realities of high-deductible insurance

I am so glad to finally have access to health insurance that is affordable and effective. As a self-employed woman, the AFA is crucial. Because of Obamacare, I have health insurance for the first time in years.

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beverly lemons 1 year, 4 months ago on Rob Douglas: Abolish mandatory drug sentences

I have never seen any benefit, to either our culture or to individuals, for incarcerating people solely for drug use. It does nothing to curb addiction. It does not put a dent in cartel activity, and it ruins people's lives. If one engages in crimes against other person's (like assault and theft,) a penalty needs to be incurred. For getting high? Not so much. I suspect many drug offenders would never commit, or engage in, any other criminal activity apart from what they do to themselves. And that is their business. Too many drug enforcement teams and for profit prisons are dependent on drug users to justify their livelihood. Drug use should not be a crime. Exploiting those who imbibe for your own gain, or using their proclivity for altered states as an excuse to run around with guns and haz-mat costumes should be. Law enforcement can be far too much about access to grant monies and stroking ego's, building careers and getting access to public office. It is time to amend policy and law on the side of reason.

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