Letter: Throwing away federal money
After the commotion caused by the Concord police as they attempted to push through the vote on the BearCat at last month’s city council meeting, it was difficult not to follow the story. Concord resident Christopher Booth was quoted in an article (“School board won’t weigh in on BearCat, Monitor front page, Aug. 29) asking for students to speak out about this issue.
As a member of Concord High Class of 2012 I felt it was my duty as a former student to weigh in on this. What has happened to the conservative state I grew up in? We have a governor under whose watch the two-year state budget has grown by $800 million. We have a mayor who overstepped his boundaries when representing himself instead of the city council in asking for the school board to compose a letter in favor of the BearCat. We have a police chief who will say anything just to spend federal money. Every time I turn around in Concord there’s a police officer either in a new cruiser, on a bike, or on a Segway.
I’ve lived in Concord for around 14 years and the only time I have ever seen the vehicle they’re replacing is when it’s parked, like always, at the station. The fact that we are considering throwing away federal money like this in our nation’s current condition is appalling. I hope the people of Concord will stand together and reject this proposition.