Don’t knock code enforcement
August 30, 1999
To the Editor,
I’m not writing this as Rex Splitt’s son. I’m writing this as a voting citizen of Craig. For 12 years Rex Splitt has been loyal to the city, upholding his job as lieutenant, captain and then chief of police. Anyone who actually knows Rex will agree with me. He is the most honest, caring and considerate person when it comes to his job. After reading this I hope people will change their minds about the article printed in Wednesday’s paper.
I know I’m only 18 and people might think I’m just a kid, but I’m old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. Our government made laws to protect its citizens, not to punish them. Laws help keep us from making immoral decisions. It is very important to have people who are willing to uphold these laws. Unfortunately we live in a world today where the only people who complain about the laws are the ones who break them.
Dave Manley states in Wednesday’s paper that he does not agree with Rex Splitt and the way he handles his job. He also says that the city of Craig does not need a code enforcement officer because everything was fine until he came around. Well, the truth is that the city of Craig has had an ordinance against permanent, unlicensed vehicles in any front yard long before Dave Manley was around. The only reason the city hasn’t enforced it in the past is because there was no one to enforce it. A code enforcement officer is just as important as a police officer, sheriff or state patrol. If it is wrong for Rex to enforce the city ordinance by asking someone to clean up his or her property, then it is also wrong for any officer to enforce the laws against drug use, shoplifting or even speeding. The reason we hire these people is not to punish the citizens but to protect the health, safety and the development of our community.
I hope that this will make people think twice about their community and what we stand for. I don’t know about everyone else but I want to go off to college this fall being proud of the community that has raised me, not ashamed of it.