Dennis Collins: Sheriff's Office was right

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To the editor:

I have about heard it all now. I have been watching this thing in the news about the Moffat County Sheriff shutting down the courthouse, etc., about what was thought to be a possible bomb.

As usual, someone didn't like it, and starts bad mouthing the sheriff behind his back. Isn't it wonderful how you can do that with some cute little Internet name to cover you?

I am finding it hard to believe the newspaper even made it an issue for you all to vote on.

Many years ago, a young police officer in another town was walking through the airport when a janitor told him there was a strange box left in the rest room.

The officer went in and looked at this 6-by-4-by-3 inch aluminum box, wrapped in electrical tape. It looked a lot like an electrician's toolbox.

On the other side of the cinderblock wall was the baggage area with hundreds of people waiting for baggage and renting cars.

If the box was a bomb, it would blow down the wall and hurt or kill a great many people.

The officer took the box, placed it inside his coat and walked outside and into the parking lot with it.

A local town with a bomb squad sent their people over to look at the box. The box had one pound of C-4 explosive in it with a failed ignition device. Yep, it was real, and this was way before Sept. 11, 2001.

So, now lets return to Craig. So 48 percent of you don't like what your Sheriff did. Well, too bad. He did what you hired him for, folks.

What if it had been real? How many of you 48 percent know someone working in the courthouse? How would you have enjoyed spending your day at their funeral had the Sheriff decided to ignore the threat? How many of you would have voted for him next election?

Just because Craig is small-town America is no reason to decide it couldn't happen there. As a matter of fact, a terrorist's mission in life is to "disrupt" your normal flow of life. To make you afraid to go and live your life normally. If I were a terrorist, I think blowing up a building in a small town would beat doing it in a big town.

There are many more small towns than big ones, so why wouldn't I want every small Craig-like town in America to worry about it being them next?

Next time it happens, one of you 48 percent need to come down and volunteer to open the box.

And before you start mouthing off about it, yes, I am a personal friend of Sheriff Tim Jantz. And I am very proud and fortunate to be.

Dennis Collins

Comments

Blondi 5 years, 5 months ago

Very well said, Mr. Collins. I agree totally with everything you wrote and I for the life of me can't understand why people made such a huge issue out of this thing. I know people who work in the court house and I sure wouldn't have wanted to see them hurt in any way! I am proud that Tim and all others involved did what they did to remove the possible threat. And I am very grateful that they didn't get hurt in the process. I was totally amazed that almost as many people clicked on the excessive button as they did on the justifiable button in the Question of the Week. What is wrong with you people?

I got a negative response to the statement I made that said I don't always agree with Tim but he is still our sheriff. There are lots of people whom I don't always agree with. There are people out there who don't always agree with what I do either, but it doesn't bother me.

I don't think there are people out there who realize Tim has a soft side as well as a tough side and I've seen both! I'll guarantee you that I sure would not want his job. He puts his life on the line everytime he steps out the door and we should all be grateful to him for this, not ridiculing him for doing his job.

So once again, I thank Tim and everyone who did what they had to do and hope they don't get discouraged by the mean folks they try to protect. Perhaps we could all find something else to exert our engergies and thoughts towards now and leave the Sheriff's Dept alone?

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kitzhopper 5 years, 5 months ago

I, too, believe the proper action was taken. What is the difference in being inconvienced at the airport baggage and personal search and being inconvenienced slightly by the court house shut down? Come on people - common sense needs to prevail! I, too, am disappointed that the newspaper editor would even consider questioning the actions of the Sheriff's department in this case. Ridiculous!

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