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No ‘Miami Vice’ for Pitkin County

Dear Editor:

I read with interest your article about Rick Leonard. I was wondering why an old Miami cop from Basalt would want to be sheriff of Pitkin County when he doesn’t even live here. Mr. Leonard thinks that all the Pitkin County sheriff has to do is pick up garbage from the highway, move dead animals or answer parking complaints about backcountry hut users in Lenado that are the product of maybe 15 residents who live there.

He seems to be unaware that Pitkin County is home to thousands of residents and that the sheriff’s office handles many problems that are more severe than these three issues that he points out. It is obvious to me that this aging old geezer wants the fame of being the sheriff of Pitkin County and wants to impose his “Miami Vice”-type of law enforcement on the mellow citizens of the Colorado mountains.

Hey, geezer Leonard, why don’t you buy a scanner, if you can afford one on your Social Security, and listen to the constant workings of the sheriff’s department, and the efficient way they handle all of their calls. And while you’re at it, take a drive up and down Highway 82 during peak traffic periods and notice the three officers monitoring traffic, and the three officers traveling with traffic. I have heard of many instances over the air when the deputies have helped stranded motorists, picked up animals, helped crashed bicyclists, escorted ambulances and fire trucks, corralled horses and cows on the roadways, pushed stuck autos out of the snow, opened up locked vehicles, driven people to gas stations, jumped dead autos, and even looked for lost diaper bags with wallets and credit cards like they did today, one of the busiest of the year. They are also charged with locating stranded hikers in the backcountry, and keeping track of the resources used for this purpose.

Have you, Mr. Leonard, ever been in the backcountry?

So you see, geezer Leonard, there is a lot more to do than to serve a handful of residents in Lenado, a former lumber mill town, or chase down a truck that lost a little bit of gravel. Take your “Miami Vice”-type of law enforcement back to Miami. Or did they run you out because your ways are antiquated? Think about it.

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The citizens of Pitkin County need to keep their law enforcement just the way it is. It satisfies thousands of people, not just a few narrow-minded squawkers.

James A. Wingers


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