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Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to Vinton Police Department

Dear Mr Paxton,
Please acceptthis email as a token of support and appreciation for the work you do to enforce the law on behalf of the residents of Vinton.
The death of Mr. Floyd has, shamefully, been exploited to fan into flame deep divisions and unrest already present in our society. Sadly, segments of our population now revolt and riotagainst any and all authorities - and most savagelyagainst the Constitution of the United States of America (a documentwhose protected liberties are now scorned). How unjust that rage is directed against police officers who risk their lives to ensure our freedoms and to uphold our laws.
I'm sorry you all are suffering the consequences. You are in our prayers. Thank you for bravely continuingto don the uniform and protect our streets, lives, infrastructure, businesses, property, and way of life. Please continue to enforce the law. Vandals and rioters are a threat to our community, state, and country.
Again, thank you.
Margaret Preus


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Julie Hansen June 9, 2020, 1:50 am Well said, Margaret. I agree. Although there are always some bad members in any group, the police are to be honored and prayed over for their safety, which includes their emotional health in these times. This includes their spouses, kids and families. Thank you for all you do!
Nancy Steinhoff June 9, 2020, 11:49 am Thank you for expressing the thoughts of many!!!! Prayers for our country and all those who protect us and our freedom!
Dean Beckman June 9, 2020, 12:59 pm Well said! I totally agree!
Betty Thorsvig June 9, 2020, 1:17 pm I have somehow wanted to publicly express our support for the Vinton Police force too. Thank you for all you do and know you are also supported in prayers.
Deb Garbers June 9, 2020, 1:21 pm Thank you, Margaret, for writing what we all are thinking! So very heartfelt!
Loretta Vogt June 9, 2020, 2:19 pm Well written!! So true! Thank you to all officers.
Steven Lucas June 9, 2020, 2:37 pm I also thank the police and sheriff departments for protecting us. I believe if a few punks and thieves want to do damage, their illegal actions should not be used to eliminate our constitutional right to peacefully protest. Losing that right could also be used against the far right or left. That is not who we are, and not who we want to become. It's such a slippery slope.
Norma Gould June 9, 2020, 3:00 pm Norma, Please email vintontoday@hotmail.com Thanks!
leah miller June 9, 2020, 7:41 pm I agree with the letter writer, we have good police here in Vinton.
Carol A Geate June 9, 2020, 3:11 pm AMEN, Margaret!!
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