This letter is in response to recent articles in the local papers about the homeless and foot patrols.
As a former active member of SCOP (Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol), I’m qualified to talk about foot patrols, since I did that for many years.
Anyone 21 years old with a good record can be in SCOP after having the proper training. Garberville needs seven people for it to work. Individuals and Rotary should contribute to cover the cost of uniforms. The sheriff doesn’t have the money.
Many of your seniors brag about walking around town every day for exercise class, yoga - but walk around town and help in the office to help the sheriff’s deputies get a lot of the homeless under control - oh no!
When it was decided to have SCOP here, the parents were up in arms about all the juvenile delinquency. Forty of them came to a meeting at the Grange. They were given applications to join. Barbara Staples and I were the only people who signed up. Later we gave talks to the PTA and seniors - no joiners. We did a lot to discourage the bums - many left.
You’re all “up in arms.” How about getting up on your feet? Why do Blake Lehman and John Casali have to do everything?
The homeless problem will improve when you help the sheriff’s deputies.
Garberville and Redway are only as good as you make them. Stop expecting someone else to solve the problem. What are you going to do?
Our sheriff’s deputies are outstanding.