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We need to get our priorities straight

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Published on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 by BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR

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I don’t know about you, but I am so sick of hearing about Tiger Woods––the jokes, the emails, the television entertainment shows and even the news can’t seem to stop talking about his infidelities.
In contrast, four Lakewood police officers were slain in cold blood by a man who should have been in prison in Arkansas for the rest of his life. These public servants left behind nine children along with other family members, friends and a police community that will mourn their loss for decades to come.
Why is it that Tiger Woods tops the airwaves while nationally, the Lakewood officers have been getting secondhand headlines?

When a police officer is killed in a senseless act of violence, especially while performing his/her job, what we should be talking about is how this happened and what we can do to help their families.
Instead, the media is choosing to focus on a billionaire sports star who has allegedly been cheating on his wife for years and when she got sick and tired of it, she acted upon her feelings.
I understand that Woods is a public figure and when celebrities mess up it’s going to be headline news, but when is enough enough?

We should be focusing on how to change the laws to protect these men and women who risk their lives everyday to protect each one of us.

We should be mourning for their families and fellow officers, we should be concerned at the chance of something like this happening again, we should be outraged that friends of Maurice Clemmons were aware of his intentions and helped him out instead of calling 911 and continued to help him even after they knew he had slaughtered these men and woman.

We should be hearing the names of Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Ronald Owens, Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officer Greg Richards coming from our computers, televisions and radios, not the names of Woods, his wife and his mistresses.

Let’s stop giving them any more time in the spotlight and focus on what matters, celebrating the lives of these upstanding citizens and public servants and making it safer for them to go to work everyday.
Let’s focus on what’s important.

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