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Magnuson is taking a stand

Dear Editor:I am glad that Rick Magnuson is running for sheriff. When elected sheriff, the following oath is administered: “I, (name), do solemnly swear and affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the laws of the state of Colorado and of Pitkin County and faithfully perform the duties of the office of the sheriff’s department.”Any law enforcement officer that takes that oath is obligated to support the laws – even the ones they do not agree with. That is their job! If they want to make the laws, they need to be in the Legislature. Enforcing the law and making the law are not the same job.There is no room in that oath for choosing the laws one feels like enforcing. Bob Braudis says his belief is that drugs are not a law enforcement problem but rather a health problem. He believes that addicts should see doctors rather than going to prison.Although I see no evidence of his department taking an active role in either drug education or treatment, he believes those to be the solution to drugs. Interestingly enough, on the sheriff’s website, it is stated: “We will assist the community in our mutual pursuit of a peaceful, safe and healthy environment.” His indifferent stance on drug enforcement is not even in keeping with his own mission statement, if drugs are indeed only a health problem.Rick Magnuson will take a stand against drugs. That would make our community a safer place. If Bob so blatantly ignores his oath of office in the area of drug enforcement, what else does he see fit to ignore? In his call to legalize drugs, he sends a clear message to our children, drug users, drug sellers and our whole community.Natasha LinnAspen