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City should fund school police officer program

To The Daily: The Decatur City Council should consider fully funding the Student Resource Officer Program for the Decatur city school system. Police officers are employees of Decatur, which means their salary and benefits are already paid for by taxpayers. The city of Decatur could place the number of officers needed for the SRO program directly into the schools.

School funds should be spent on education, not protection. There are many benefits to this program, one of which is the safety of more than 6,000 students and the staff of each school.

An SRO Officer is a positive role model for all children. Funding this program will allow the Decatur and Decatur City Schools to continue to focus on our most valuable resource — our children.

Ted Whittington
Decatur

Compassion should trump financial, aesthetic concerns

To The Daily: In answer to Mr. McKean’s letter regarding those who will not clean up their property. I would like to remind him of a segment of the population that is often forgotten: the elderly and disabled of Decatur and Morgan County. These people are, in many cases, living only on Social Security and pinching every penny.

I think it would be productive to form a volunteer group whose purpose is to identify and help those in need, and then clean up their property. The legal system would handle those who are able to do it themselves.

I would hate to see the concern over property values overshadow our compassion for others.

Jim Shook
Decatur

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