The Policeman

There has been a lot in the news recently about law enforcement, very little of it positive.  It seems that people have a tendency to believe the worst about things.  Oh sure, some of the time, they are right, but a lot of the time, they are not.  It is OK to package together a few unrelated incidents in which the officer acted in a manner that may or may not have been excessive, and then indict the entire profession.

It bothers me.  I know that there are those within the ranks that are not of the greatest virtue or character.  I also know that I would not want their job, but I am thankful that someone does.  I have difficulty being critical of something that I take for granted until something goes wrong.  I cannot bring myself to pile on when I don’t have a clue about the issues they deal with every day, knowing each time they leave for work that they are putting themselves in danger.

I see or read about a lot of what goes on in the streets today and it is not good.  There are elements within our society that believe that they are owed something, and they resent anyone that will get in their way to get it.  Life has become expendable.  Everyone has a gun.  Many with only one reason.  You get in my way, and I will pay you back.

I don’t know how many of you remember Paul Harvey the commentator.  I for one used to love him.  He could tell a story as no one else could.  It was, therefore, with a degree of pleasure at hearing his voice again, and a degree of sadness at his words, that I came across the following YouTube video.  He probably broadcast this on the radio many years ago, but it is as viable and accurate today as it was then.  I thought I would share it with you.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to The Policeman

  1. quiall says:

    I have spent almost 30 years as a civilian in a police department in Canada and I have nothing but respect for the men and women who willing protect us all!

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  2. Charlotte says:

    You are spot on! Exactly my sentiments and that Paul Harvey piece is superb. I am from St. Louis/Ferguson area and our police are getting undue/unjust criticism. St. Louis would be a war zone more than it is if not for those brave men and women. Thank you for your post.

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  3. on behalf of my police officer son, I thank you (and the late Paul Harvey) from the bottom of my heart


  4. lbeth1950 says:

    I thank God for those who are willing and able to do what I have neither the courage nor the inclination to do. We would all be in trouble without you.


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