I'm sure by now, that plenty of people have seen the story in The Olympian concerning the hiring of Chris Kimble, the son of Sheriff Dan Kimble. I have a few thoughts and would welcome the comments of others.
Through discussion with several law enforcement officers, representing different agencies, I've been told that there is no great supply of men or women wanting to enter the field. There are ongoing recruitment efforts, yet some candidates don't make it past the academy.
With this thought in mind, I come to the point of the Kimbles. I happen to know Dan personally and know that as a father he actually expressed a bit of reluctance to watch his son enter the department. Through experience, he knows that everyday an officer puts on a uniform, could be his last day on Earth, a frightening thought for any parent. Yet, I'm sure that Dan is proud to have his son follow in his footsteps, as many children have followed their parents into community service via the military, law enforcement, firefighting and others fields.Full Story Here
As I registered yesterday, and began to enjoy the musings of others, I took note of a post that was directed at me, a few days ago.
A recent blog by another person included my name, bringing up the question "who is Larry?"
The explanation, by another, as to who I was, somewhat shocked me.
It's true, I have taken strong exception to posts made in the comments threads of the Olympian.
It's true, I have responded stongly to those that attacked me. (Someone even attempted to post what they thought was a personal address to assist those that wish to harass, luckily it wasn't me)
It's true, that my politics might not exactly align with the entire Thurston County populace.
So, I resolve with this. I'm no one special, nor an animal that bites. I'm a social liberal, with a fiscal conservative streak, that still understands you need government revenue (aka taxes) to pay the bills. (we can always seek to monitor that our money is being spent correctly). I'm a nearing retirement (a few years yet), married man, empty nesting, that enjoys politics, golf, travel, my wife, my family and helping others.
What I've seen on this blog in the past half day, seems to be a rational community and an enjoyable atmosphere.
I hope I can add to that. Guide me when I need guidance (thanks to Rick for the tip on bold type. My eyes are getting worse, maybe it's time for a checkup) and treat me as you wish to be treated and I'm sure we can all learn together.