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September 12, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For Sept. 12

Reader critical of leadership on Syria

Where does John Kerry get off pulling the heartstrings of Americans about children. Americans have almost always looked to the welfare of children. Kerry has pleaded the case of gassed Syrian kids. Sure those pictures are awful, sure our hearts bleed for them, but these same children can field strap on an AK-47 or a bomb and cry “Allahu Akbar” before blowing themselves and innocent bystanders to kingdom come. Kerry references chemically murdered children, allegedly by the Syrian regime.

What about our murdered children with chemicals like glucose, saline or any of a dozen other elements used in the abortion mills, given the green light by organizations such as Planned Parenthood, World Population the American Law Institute and the ACLU.

So Mr. John Kerry, the 3 a.m. call finally did ring and we find all the president’s men including he, hiding behind the Constitution instead of abiding by it. Finding himself and his office in a twilight zone of which he created. The U.S. finds the very honor for which we once stood dragged through the mud of world ridicule. Impeachment or resignation is the only honorable course left. President Nixon knew his time had come.

Does the Obama administration possess that some mental and moral fortitude? For the future dignity of our nation, I hope so.

— Leroy Heil, Jeffersonville

Former officer questions his retirement

I’m writing this response to the News and Tribune article of Aug. 30, 2013, titled, “A highly ethical city?”

I was unaware the city had established an ethics and human rights commission. I find this humorous after some of the decisions and actions this administration has taken since taking office.

My name is Lee Miller and I served this city as a police officer for 42 1/2 years. I turned 65 in January 2012 and on April 17, 2012, while working the streets as I had done for all these years, I was called into Chief Sherri Knight’s office. At that time, I was handed a letter informing me of my immediate mandatory retirement. I had reported to work that day at 6:30 a.m. and was still on duty. Maj. Keith Whitlow asked me if I needed a ride home or did I want to call my wife.

I took my case to the city council meeting two days later, asking them to consider amending the ordinance allowing police officers to work to age 70. The fire department is allowed to work until age 70.

I also informed them of a past practice where an officer was allowed to work to 66 1/2 years of age. Chief Knight addressed the council, stating it was a liability to keep older officers working on the department.

There is no basis for this statement, as I had completed all my mandatory training as the other officers had. There had never been an issue as to my work performance. I could hold my own with the rest of the department.

I had been assigned to the traffic division for the past couple of years. In 2011, I wrote more than 1,700 citations. In 2012 [three months] I had written 750 citations. If someone would check on this, I doubt the entire department had written more than 1,700 citations in 2012 [excluding my 750].

I’m sure the fact I supported Jack Messer for mayor had nothing to do with this decision.

It has been brought to my attention that at least one NAPD officer nearing 65 is trying to get this ordinance changed.

Chief Knight have you changed your mind about older officers being a liability? City Council have you also changed your mind about me being right or you just being selective?

I’m sure these decisions will be handled ethically and not politically motivated.

— Lee Miller, Retired [mandatory] New Albany Police Department officer

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