Tahlequah Daily Press

April 17, 2013

In appreciation of cops


Staff

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

Wow, maybe we should start dictating to our police force where, when, what time, what type of food, and with whom they should be eating! More often than not, co-workers are often seen lunching together. Why should law enforcement be looked upon any differently?

I hope that [newly elected Police Chief] Nate King can concentrate on other areas instead of trying to impede the “good ol’ boy” lunch routine. I often see routine neighborhood drive-throughs by the Tahlequah police force. In fact, I recently had an officer knock on my door at 9:30 p.m. to ask if my car had been broken into, as the door was slightly ajar, and the internal light was on. At the time, I thought how out of the ordinary and thoughtful that was.

I also hope that Tahlequah restaurants will continue to discount our officers lunches and/or dinners, as we all know how “overpaid” all policemen are.

Most business owners welcome law enforcement personnel, as it keeps their businesses safe and secure. I can’t imagine being intimidated by the guys who are hired to protect us. I was once a server in Tahlequah while going to college, and I thought that the officers were always very respectful and actually weren’t bad tippers. I have no idea where Phyllis Wiltfong is coming from with her ideas of “cops taking advantage” [Readers’ Forum, April 12].

Good luck, Nate. And thank you, Tahlequah law enforcement, for keeping my city a safe environment for me and my family.

Elizabeth Ballew

Tahlequah