Supports work of jail deputies

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 18, 2013 

At the Sept. 26 public comment meeting about the draft environmental review for the proposed new replacement jail and sheriff's offices in Ferndale, a Bellingham City Council candidate made what I believe are erroneous and outrageous claims. Candidate Bob Burr stated that the guards in the jail "act like goons." This is just not true. Over the past 12 years, I have volunteered thousands of hours in the jail. During that time, I have witnessed countless acts of compassion by the officers and sergeants to inmates in need. Their motto is "firm, fair and consistent." They live that motto in a dangerous and depressing place that is occupied by many unreasonable people. I admire these professionals for their high morale and sensitivity to the needs of others.

A vote for a man who will distort the truth that easily is to vote for a man who uses distortion and deception to make his point.

Ray Baribeau

Bellingham

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