I previously wrote about Sheriff Jones and his support of the Lakota school levy of 2013. But it is important to understand the context of the Letter to the Editor he submitted to Today’s Pulse on Sunday, October 20, 2013. In it Jones addressed his concern for increased school security that many government workers such as cops and teachers have sought to exploit in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. Some of those exploitations are genuine concern, but most are parasitic attempts to pad the yearly budget approvals of their positions. In Jones’ case if the Lakota levy is passed, the school has designated that $350,000 per year will go to security which helps employ more police officers, so as Sheriff of Butler County, and opponent of Senate Bill 5 and a major union supporter, Jones is looking out for his union brothers in law enforcement by aligning them with his friends in education. Have a look at the Jones letter in favor of the Lakota levy.
Lakota is Taking security Seriously
School levies are never an easy topic to talk about and, as sheriff, it is not really part o my duties to actually deal with them. But there is on levy coming up on the November ballot that I am willing to talk about – the Lakota School District levy. Most of the funds from the proposed levy will go for things that it seems all schools have to contend with — like academic programs, technology hardware and software etc. That’s all fine and good, but this levy also goes further, and actually sets aside funds for a topic that is of much greater concern to me – security!
Our nation has seen several tragic in-school shootings over the last few years. I have been very vocal in expressing my personal thoughts on how to make our schools safer by either putting more deputies/officers into the schools, or arming specially trained school personnel. There are those who say that costs too much money, or is going too far in wanting to arm civilians. I have proposed several other options, but a lot of school districts seem to have failed to even attempt to beef up security.
The Lakota School District has been one of a few that have sought input from my office concerning school security. Several recommendations were made. I am proud to say that Lakota actually listened, and put together a plan that incorporates what I believe are several key components.
While not publically discussing the intimate details (for security reasons) of that plan, it does call for one-time funding of physical changes within the schools themselves – upgrading alarms, cameras, retooling doors and entry areas, and the like.
Most important, in my opinion, the plan also calls for tripling the number of on-duty uniformed sheriff’s deputies and West Chester Twp. Police officers assigned to work specifically in the Lakota schools. Unfortunately, no plan in the world can ever guarantee absolute safety. Yet you can’t just say, “I hoe something terrible never happens here.”
When it comes to school security, there comes a time to take action, not just talk about it. I like that Lakota is taking security seriously and wants to take action to make our school, students and teachers safer. I use the word “our” because both of my children graduated from Lakota, and I am still a taxpayer within the Lakota district. This levy is important to me personally.
The economy in general has suffered greatly the last several years. Everyone has had to learn to “do more with less.” It seems everyone has had budget cuts. But you just can’t cut forever. Sooner or later, you have to realize that some things are important enough to pay for. Only the voters will actually decide the outcome of the Lakota school levy and everything that it will fund.
I support the Lakota school levy and urge everyone to do the same. Pass this levy, it’s time.
Richard K. Jones
Spoken like a real government worker. In the world of Jones, as an authority figure, and popular local politician who has is fingers deep in the Republican party and attempts to curry favor with Tea Party types while also saddling up to unionized interests he represents everything that is wrong with government. His support of the Lakota levy, especially this time is to get the proportionally small amount of money that has been promised to him if the levy passes for his police officers. Lakota has a deal with Jones – they are essentially buying his support to employ more police officers and using a school tragedy to advance both positions. Parents are concerned about safety after a highly covered mass school shooting, and these government workers are looking to exploit it.
But the real problem here is a little less obvious, and might seem minor if not looked at on its own. When I submit a Letter to the Editor the word count limit is 300 words. Those are the rules. When anybody else submits a Letter to the Editor, the word count is 300 words. I often compose my letters right at 300 squeezing everything I can out of the space—the way the rules dictate. The Jones letter shown above is 489 words, 189 words over the limit. This small little detail says everything.
Jones is a public official of noted popularity so obviously the newspaper applied different rules for him. They allowed him to exceed the limit of their word count. Police in general have this luxury in society, they often can speed without being pulled over—when they do, their brothers let them off the hook, and they can break the law anytime they want—all they have to do is flip on their lights and proceed through an intersection ignoring the laws. They do the same thing with budgets. When they need more money, they simply write more speeding tickets to fill up their treasury. They are trolls collecting tolls most of the time, aside from the occasional domestic violence issue that arises every now and then. When the police need their budget approved, or need a public relations victory, they make an occasional drug bust so they can get into the newspapers and make everyone think they are doing a good job.
I’m sure Jones knows everyone in Butler County who buys, sells, or is involved in any notable way to the drug trade. Yet only occasionally are drug busts conducted and even then, it’s always some stupid kids who play into the immigration reform debate. I know that there is a lot more drug activity going on that does not get coverage and if I were the police, they would be busted, but they aren’t – so why is it?
The fact of the matter is that there are different rules in society for different people. People on the political inside, who are part of the accepted system, have one set of rules, and people on the outside have another set of rules. Cops function from different rules than the civilian population. They will argue that they are protecting society, and there is no evidence that they are doing anything other than such an activity, because there is not yet technology that can read minds. But in knowing some of these law enforcement types, they are like the college kids who run around dorm rooms with fake FBI badges telling girls they must inspect their bras and panties for their own good and safety. After they feel-out the girls, they reveal that they are not part of the Federal Bureau of Investigations looking for terrorists, but Female Body Inspectors looking to feel-out hot chicks who are half drunk on a Friday night. For the kids and the actual FBI agent it’s all harmless fun. But for the victim, it’s not so wonderful. They live under different rules than the cops, so even if the authority figure is legitimate or not, they must comply or face arrest. If the cop makes such a mistake, they get off with a warning over beer and nachos.
Putting more cops in schools sounds like a recipe for disaster. It’s like putting a wolf in the hen house. I know of several incidents where cops in Hamilton were relieved of their duty forcing young girls pulled over to perform sexual acts to keep from getting a ticket. How do I know, because one of those two knuckle draggers called me for a referral. I knew their wife who was also a cop, and a network of police that extended from Springboro to Clermont County and the amount of sexual play that goes on between police officers is pathetic. That officer called me after he lost his job in Hamilton from another state needing a good word badly. Of course he didn’t get it.
It might seem like a little thing to Jones and the editors at Today’s Pulse to give the Sheriff an extra 189 words, but what they are declaring is that the Sheriff lives by different rules than the rest of us, and the police generally know it. It is not safe to put a bunch of cops in a school with a bunch of teenage girls, unless they are all retired and have had their prostrates removed. Just having an officer of the law in a school with a gun does not make children safe. It might keep children from getting killed by a deranged gunman, but it might introduce dangers that are nearly as corrosive to the lives of children who really don’t need the hassle.
The TSA was created because of panic by society and a government quick to exploit it. Now it is impossible to fly anywhere commercially without some pencil-neck looking at our private parts on a monitor or feeling out some attractive woman who happens to come through security. And these days, just because a man is checking a man, and a woman is checking a woman, it doesn’t mean the officer isn’t getting a rise out of the experience. As social resistance toward homosexuality lowers, the chances of some guy enjoying feeling out the bulge of a weary traveler increases dramatically, or some lesbian caressing a female passenger’s breasts—all in the name of safety.
Sheriff Jones can go on WLW and declare to his buddy Bill that I’m overacting, and that it’s unpatriotic to question the merit of police officers, but the evidence that cops live under different rules than the rest of us is shown above. Today’s Pulse gave Sheriff Jones 489 words to support a Lakota levy, which is an obvious payoff for his support. And nobody is supposed to question the support because we are supposed to trust law enforcement. Meanwhile, there are drug deals being conducted in the open and in large quantities, the immigration issue is out of control as far as what gets smuggled in and out of Butler County – because of the affluence–and the only way the Sheriff can find to keep $350,000 worth of payroll busy is put them in Lakota schools. Something is very fishy.
What would happen if I tried to write more than 300 words in Today’s Pulse, or anybody else? The editor would call us and ask how we could trim down our submissions to fit the guidelines. If it’s a government worker like Superintendent Mantia who gets her own column, or Sheriff Jones, the rules go out the window.
So what would happen if police were put in charge of watching over thousands of teenagers armed with guns and authority? Most of the police would be sincere—but a few—a few would take advantage of the situation. You can bet on that.
Keep the cops out of the schools……………………for the safety of the kids. This isn’t an isolated problem. Its epidemic. Who in their right mind thinks Lakota can keep abuse from happening when they can’t even keep teachers from sexting students? Knowing Jones a bit, I can say that Jones is not a bad man, and publicly he will defend his officers because law enforcement is all he knows, he’s done it his entire life. To admit anything of the facts presented in the above videos to himself would be a failure in belief of all his intellectual foundations. Jones upon reading this I’m sure will say………….”hey, I didn’t make up the system, I’m just making do with what I’ve got. I’m just the sheriff.” But the trouble is, until somebody questions that system and stands up against it with a mirror, it only gets worse and worse and worse. For that reason, Jones is wrong in supporting the Lakota levy for all the reasons mentioned and more that could fill volumes of books. But the biggest is that Jones is only the sheriff, and he wishes to keep his fellow law enforcement officers relevant in a society that is becoming increasingly weary of the laws politicians created in the first place–so the trend is to grip tighter, which is the wrong thing. It would be wrong to put police in Lakota because cops are human beings, and they are fallible. And that fallibility is more dangerous than the remote chance that Sandy Hook could happen at Lakota, as the random odds of destruction intellectually is much, much greater with more authority figures in place to abuse power unregulated.