Dear Editor:We have a “BIG BROTHER” video surveillance cam on the roof of our jail and this camera is watching all of us on the courthouse lawn in downtown Meeker. www.co.rio-blanco.co.us The question is: Do we really want law enforcement watching us and recording what we do in our town square, our parks, our concerts, our parades and city streets? The answer is: “NO.” Can we afford more law enforcement tools/toys/programs? The answer is: “NO.” The taxpayer is broke and families are unemployed.We need to post a few public signs as follows: (1) On our new clock tower — “Attention — This area is under police surveillance 24/7 for your protection — be safe,” (2) On the doors of our retail stores — “Attention: this downtown area is under police surveillance 24/7 — feel safe.” (3) On a sign on Highway 13 leading into Meeker — “WELCOME — the town of Meeker is under police video surveillance 24/7 — you are safe.”The next time you steal a kiss or hug from your lover under the clock tower — look up, there is a peeping tom up on the roof top.The next time your dog finds a light pole on the courthouse lawn — look up, you are busted!The next time your teenager fails to signal at the intersection — look up, you will need to increase your child’s weekly allowance.The next time you sip a little wine at the summer concerts, look up, you had better use a cup or a paper sack.The next time you want to picket the courthouse — look up, and a smile, you are on candid courthouse camera.Every government in the world knows that if you want to keep citizens “in check,” you put them under police surveillance! We do not need to spend money to put our public areas under government control. This process degrades the charm of a small town and offends our right to privacy and freedom. Further we are teaching our children to behave like sheep under cameras. I want to see our teenagers engaged in horseplay in the lighted public area of our downtown. Does anyone believe that teenagers will hang out under these invasive cameras?Hello, Big Government. That big finger that you see on your courthouse camera screen is a “thumbs down.” Some Americans still believe that it is just rude to point secret cameras at other Americans.Joe FennessyRio Blanco County
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