Letters, April 18
The following letters appeared in the April 18 edition of The Sandy Post.
Calling all quilters
The Sandy Historical Society Quilt Show Committee would like to tell people who are interested in entering a quilt in this year's show that they can pick up applications at local quilt shops in the area or go online to sandyhistorical.org. Click on Quilt Show and print off an application. Applications are due by June 1.
Quilt show co-chairwoman
Image problem solved
Let's take a look again at the images (photos) on the front page of the March 28 issue of The Sandy Post. We are shown Sandy police officers on the left and a variety of other citizens on the right. Which individual or group of guys would you invite over to your home for dinner or to baby-sit your children or your pets?
With the exception of Mr. Kaady (who is forever portrayed as a teenager in his high school photo - he was actually 27 years old) there is no question in my mind which group of gentlemen would be welcome in my home. OK, I admit judging by appearance is pretty shallow … background and reputation count for something, right? So let's read the résumé of each individual and then decide which one(s) we would invite over. Hmm … kind of narrows it down, doesn't it?
Thank you to everyone at Sandy P.D. for willingly putting your lives (and reputations) on the front line every day for all of us here in Sandy. You are each an integral part of our community and consistently contribute to making Sandy a safe and wonderful place to live. Keep up the good work. No image problem here!
Who's running the show?
Unity is the founding principle of high school sports. I was a member of the Sandy High School varsity baseball program last year, and I have to say that unity was completely absent in 2006.
I read the March 21 article 'Playoffs a real possibility for baseball' as well as Sue Gallagher-DeBiccari's letter to the editor on April 4, 'Coach was out of line.' Mrs. Gallagher-DeBiccari's letter prompted me to write this letter. After all, there were many innocent players who were caught up in the turmoil of last season who will never be mentioned or interviewed. However, I want to make it perfectly clear, this letter reflects my views and my views alone.
DeBiccari was defending the players who were the target of this statement made by Coach Luebbert: 'Last season we had a couple of guys who weren't as motivated and were more focused on themselves, and the attitude on the whole team suffered.' I couldn't agree more with Luebbert's sentiments and could easily write an entire essay on the events that took place last year to support that statement.
But why was a problem that surfaced early in the season not dealt with in a timely fashion? Surely a young coach realizes that dissension will (and did) destroy his team. Doesn't a head coach have the power - the ability - to remove those who bring down a team? Or are certain players placed on such a high pedestal that they are untouchable to a head coach?
Coaches have thankless jobs. What drives a person to sacrifice countless hours, tons of effort, his own money, dealing with children, dealing with parents, dealing with administration, etc., to coach any sport at any level? I think it takes an extraordinary individual who is often taken for granted. So, knowing early on in the season that Luebbert had big problems with some of his 'senior leaders,' why was nothing done about it? Why would a coach sacrifice a whole season for the sake of a couple of individuals? I don't know. Only the coach and a few influential parents know the answer to that.
No one's denying the fact that last year's team had unresolved issues. It's a shame things played out the way they did. It's a shame the other seniors and myself walked away from the sport we've dedicated 12 years to with a bitter taste in our mouths.
Looking on, I wish Coach Luebbert and his team the best of luck. I know he's doing the best he can within the circumstances. I look forward to watching Sandy compete and represent the community well.
No more us vs. them
Regarding the ongoing tension between the Sandy Police Department and its detractors, I'm a bit disappointed by the attitudes coming from the police department and from City Hall, but I'm not a bit surprised.
This is all a kind of tiresome theater that has played out throughout human history. It's the old us-versus-them system that comes from our origins as herd and pack animals protecting ourselves from the unknown. The police officers, the designated protectors of 'us,' are hunkered down in their bunkers, absolutely convinced that they are being unfairly attacked. The attackers are any and all people and groups who dare to question their exercise of authority in any way.
Their supporters are self-identified good citizens, who drive cars that are in good repair, wear clothes that are mainstream, don't have a lot of visible tattoos or piercings and typically engage in civic organization. Many of these good burghers are also committed to an unquestioning respect for authority figures and write letters to that effect to the comments section of the Sandy Post's Internet site. To these folks, anyone who challenges the guys with the guns is to be feared and marginalized.
This is the same mindset that gets people confused about patriotism and morals. The fact is that I may hold individuals in authority in contempt and still honor the system. I can love and respect my country and its laws, its fighting men and women in the armed forces and our civilian keepers of the peace while opposing the policies of the people who hold positions of authority.
In our system based on the equality of all citizens, it is our special duty to constantly monitor the behavior of those whom we designate as being more equal than the rest of us.
The police department and the entire city government work for us, the taxpayers, whether we are rich or poor, drinking in bars or praying in church (or both). We give them permission to tax us, to carry and use weapons among us and to make decisions that are beneficial to all.
So, to the police I say, try coming at us with an acknowledgement that there is room for improvement in your own policies and practices. We who criticize you are not your enemies; we are your employers, and we demand your respect in every encounter with us out there on the mean streets of Sandy.
To City Hall I would argue that you have a duty to notice and act upon community problems. The fact that there are currently six lawsuits pending against our peacekeepers is enough information for you to see the need to think outside of the box. Failure to do so will only exacerbate an already festering situation. The bunker mentality within the police department is unhealthy and as long as it persists will lead to additional insults and abuses large and small.
If the current leadership at the police department is able to understand and act on these facts, they should be retained and encouraged. If they cannot, then City Hall needs to get some new management into local law enforcement ASAP.
Remember, 'us' can be defined as every law-abiding citizen. 'Them' can only be defined as lawbreakers. Any other considerations are illogical and destructive to our entire community.