I must respond to an article I authored that was posted in the “Our Voice” section of this paper. My original article was called “Let the Law Do It’s Job,” and I feel I have been wronged in the responses, both online and in the paper.
I have been declared racist and slanderous for my writings from Sergio Cuellar, Edwardo Cuellar and Mary Solorio–Brandt, and have even been mentioned by the Mayor—without my name—to shut up, leave this matter alone and move on.
Let me first begin with the responses to my original letter.
The only mention of race came from Sam Cuellar’s sons—not I.
Though I welcome their responses on their father’s behalf, I do take concern that they proclaim all laws broken are by two races only.
No, gentlemen. Gangs, drugs and crime have NO face, creed, religion or skin color; so please, it’s 2014. Stop hiding behind that sorry cliché.
Furthermore, I never slandered your father. As said in my letter, he was adamant to stopping the practice of police harassment.
I feel it was polices’ judgment to have possible suspicion after witnessing a vehicle circling a parking lot and not parking.
I’ve met Sam and talked to him more than once. He was a good man and is missed.
My letter was about giving back more free movement to our law enforcement, so that if they see something wrong, they should be free to act without restraint.
Today’s law enforcement goes through intense sensitivity training—I found that out after being evicted from my “Cave,” as you proclaimed.
As to Mary Solorio-Brant’s response, I hope that you actually read and comprehended my original article first.
Now I set my attention to Mr. Molina. Your comments in the last Irrigator article were biased for political reasons. I understand you want this whole thing to go away because, yes, it is a political season and no one in office wants dirt dished out, yet, my dear Sir, this is not Magna Carta!
I am a U.S. citizen—I am not only afforded my opinion, I am allowed to speak out any way I civilly wish, whether it be a public forum, letter, council meeting, media, or word of mouth on the street corner, be it through the newspaper or Internet under the Constitution of America, Article 1. “We The People...”
Try reading it before trying to silence me. First fix the crime, drug, gang and homeless problems in this fine City, then I might lend you an ear.
Until then, bear in mind that you, Sir, and this City Council are to serve us, the residents of Patterson. We don’t serve you. We elect you for peace of life and safety. November is around the corner.