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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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12 LETTERS / NORTH COUNTY JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER Jenkins: Police are not the source of all of our problems We are suffering from an epidemic of liberal hysteria. The narrative of a racist police force brutalizing minority communities is untethered to reality. Mr. Floyd's brutal murder by Officer Chauvin was horrific. However, cherry picking a handful of tragic deaths is not representative of policing as a whole. According to The Washington Post, 250 African Americans were killed by police in 2019, 14 of who were unarmed. Even if we make the absurd assump- tion that all 250 were unjustified, this accounts for 3 percent of 7,403 black people who were mur- dered. The 2017 in-depth analysis, "An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force" by Harvard professor Fryer Jr., found that "On the most extreme use of force – officer-involved shootings – we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual fac- tors are taken into account." In 2018, interracial murder statistics, which mercifully is relatively low, reported by the FBI showed that 514 black people murdered white people vs. 234 white people murdered black people. Why does the value of black life hinge entirely on the identity of their perpetrator? The answer is simple, because it advances the liberal narrative. To acknowledge that the vast majority of African Americans, 93 percent from 1980-2008, according to the Department of Justice, are murdered by other African Americans is to eviscerate their own argument. The consequences of this categorically false narrative reach far beyond the short term results of dead cops, dese- crated memorials, rioting, arson, and looting. Long term it will increase crime by reducing police presence and effectiveness. As police withdraw from communities due to reduced funding and/or a lack of public sup- port the void will be filled by those who are capable and willing to proj- ect force, i.e. the criminal element. As Federalist Paper 51 eloquently noted, "If men were angels there would be no need for government." Worse still, it prevents us from focus- ing on actual systemic problems that drive poverty, crime, etc. It is far easier for society to scape- goat the police than to look inward and acknowledge something is truly rotten in the state of Denmark. Why substantively address broken fam- ily structures, correct a dismal edu- cational system that traps students in failing schools, develop a new policy approach to drug addiction to replace the failed war on drugs, or fix the dearth of economic oppor- tunities in many communities when the cause de jour claims the police are source of all of our ills? The true price of "free trade" with China and NAFTA is laid bare in the devastation of our working and shrinking middle classes. There is no urgency to solve our actual underly- ing issues if we lie and pin our prob- lems on those who have volunteered to uphold our laws. It is not the police that need to listen; Black Lives Matter needs to listen. The majority of the American people are outraged to see demo- cratic means being tossed aside for violent mobs hell bent on disparag- ing and destroying our country. PHIL JENKINS Glocester Town should not revert back to town administrator form of government During my administrative service in government from 1980 to 1995, I served in three capacities: as elected council member, elected town administrator, and interim appointed town manager – until a permanent manager could be found. As the town and its budget grew, so did its necessity for a more pro- fessional service of employees. For this reason, in 1992, I gladly worked to abolish the recently established position of town administrator in favor of an appointed, professional town manager. The current charter requires that the manager be selected by the Town Council based on quali- fications. It provided service for the good of the town rather than for the good of the party. The system has worked for the past 25 years. Some members of the Charter Review Commission are currently proposing to eliminate the man- ager's position and regress to a town administrator form of government. The only requirements are that the person be a town resident and a qualified voter. Formal training is not required – just be a resident. Most egregious, however, is that it decreas- es the power of the five-member council and transfers it to one person – the administrator. The current five-member Town Council is elected by the voters of Smithfield whereby the members of the council review, debate, and vote on matters presented before them. This system works and has worked since the establishment of the Town Council in 1730. Please contact your council mem- bers and ask them to vote against this proposal. We do not want only one person running our town. GLORIA P. NERNEY Smithfield Thankful for the kindness of St. Antoine's staff I would like to take this opportu- nity to commend and thank the staff at St. Antoine's Residence, specifi- cally the Special Care / Alzheimer's dementia unit. My mother lived on this unit the last 18 months of her life. She was treated with the utmost respect, dignity, and love I can ever imagine possible. Alzheimer's is a very tricky illness, manifesting itself in different ways in different patients. An executive secretary her entire life, my mother loved to organize. The staff on St. Antoine's SCU recognized this trait and gave her many "jobs." From folding towels to wiping down tables after meals, the staff knew my mother needed to keep busy and feel she was helping. Not only did they give her these tasks, they went out of their way to make her feel appreciated and that was key to mak- ing her happy. The SCU staff take the time to learn about each resident and see what makes that person tick. They also have an immense amount of patience because what makes a resident tick today may not be what makes them tick tomorrow. Religion was a huge part of my mother's upbringing and having such an amazing facility, so devoted to the Catholic faith, was a blessing for her. But religion is not forced upon the residents. If they want to partake, there are numerous opportunities. If they do not, that is absolutely their choice, there are many other activi- ties available as well. If you have a family member with dementia who can no longer live at home, I can attest to the above-and-beyond care St. Antoine's provides their residents. The SCU was by far the best place for my mother and I am so grateful we found it. Thank you again to all of St Antoine's SCU nurses, aides, and staff. You treated my mother so won- derfully and I can never repay your kindness. She thought of many of you as her daughters, and I am fine with that because I will always think of you as my sisters. MAURA MITCHELL BECK Smithfield Daughter of Victoria B. Mitchell North Scituate Library offering browsing appointments SCITUATE – As part of its sec- ond phase of reopening, the North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, is now offering browsing appointments. The library will offer 20-minute appointments for patrons to browse the library's new items. This includes new fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children, as well as new DVDs and audio books. Printing, copying, and notary services are also available by appointment. Call the library at 401-647-5133 to schedule an appointment. Only two patrons will be allowed into the building at one time. Visit or for additional information. IN BRIEF Navigant announces promotions SMITHFIELD – Navigant Credit Union announced it has promoted four members of its team to leader- ship positions within the organiza- tion. Jeffrey Cascione has been pro- moted to senior vice president, Commercial Lending. Responsible for the oversight of all loan under- writing and approval recommenda- tions and for the day-to-day manage- ment of Navigant Credit Union's commercial loan portfolio, Cascione has served as vice president in Navigant Credit Union's commer- cial lending department since 2006. In his new role, Cascione will be a key contributor in developing and executing strategies that will continue to make Navigant a trusted financial partner in the commercial lending space. David DeCubellis has been pro- moted to senior vice president, Residential Lending. In this role, DeCubellis will be a key contribu- tor in developing and executing strategies that will continue Navigant Credit Union on a path of mortgage lending growth. DeCubellis has served as vice president of residential lending since 2010, where he has managed the origination and opera- tion for loan production, pipeline efficiency, financial results and tech- nological efficiency. Timothy Draper has been pro- moted to senior vice president, Marketing. Draper has more than 30 years of sales and marketing experience. Since starting his career at Navigant Credit Union in 1998, he has been instrumental in lead- ing the effort to build and promote the Navigant Credit Union's brand across Rhode Island and in the national credit union industry, according to a press release. In his new role, Draper will continue to lead the credit union's marketing, communications, public relations and philanthropy strategies while taking on a larger role in its long-term cor- porate strategy. Meghan Williams has been promoted to vice president, Loan Servicing. Williams joined Navigant Credit Union in 2009 as a part-time teller and consistently added more responsibilities to her portfolio year after year. Williams most recently served as the branch manager for Navigant Credit Union's Smithfield branch and has played a major role in conversion and acquisition proj- ects. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. 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