By Javier Figueroa, Mayor of the City of University Place
Our nation is wounded and bruised right now. The unfolding of events in Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Louisiana over the last few days has left all Americans saddened, confused, hurt and yes, angry. Closer to home, the recent demonstration in Olympia reveals the deep fissures that exist in our society today.
But even as we grieve and seethe, we must remember that every life matters. EVERY life – including the lives of the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day to protect us, our loved ones and our property.
As in all aspects of life—families, workplaces, government, etc.—there will always be a few bad apples. We do not live in a perfect society. But we do live in a society that is committed to the ideals of law and order. Therefore, despite our anger, frustrations or sadness, we cannot let the actions of a few give us reason to turn on those who have sworn their lives to protect us.
One of our most cherished freedoms as Americans is our right to demonstrate, to give voice to our frustrations. But we must do so peacefully and with respect for our fellow citizens. Those who choose to engage in violence or intimidation simply negate their credibility and their message for change.
I ask the citizens of University Place to join me in expressing their thanks, respect for, and trust in, our law enforcement team, led by our outstanding Police Chief Mike Blair and his group of dedicated Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies. Let us work together to keep our wonderful City of University Place a place that is safe and secure for everyone.Print This Post