Feds fund Easton cops, no others in V...

Feds fund Easton cops, no others in Valley

There are 25 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 29, 2009, titled Feds fund Easton cops, no others in Valley. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Easton scored $669,768 in federal stimulus funding Tuesday to hire three additional police officers to work the beat for the next three years.

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Templeton

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Jul 29, 2009
How is this stimulating the economy?
Gee

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Jul 29, 2009
Look at the framing of the reporter. Totally ridiculous. If you can't see
The Morning Call Colors than your blind
It doesn't stimulate the economy one bit!
Police do not create wealth for a nation!
It would be like saying, were number one in "Real Wealth"; because, we have more people in jail than all other countries combined?
I really hope that sounds stupid to you! If it doesn't than were slipping faster than I thought possible!
Templeton wrote:
How is this stimulating the economy?
Citizen Kane

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Jul 29, 2009
Look at these people; they arrested a man on his own property for nothing and we fit the bill. I agree a crime has been committed, but it wasn't by the home owner.

http://www.cnn.com/video/...
Westendresident

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Jul 29, 2009
Wow most of these posters whine about crime, mostly in areas that you don't reside and that's a whole other topic that i don't want to get into right now. So when the government attempts to help law enforcement you guys whine about taxes and O's (in Office for whopping 6 months) plan to stimulate the economy and blame him for it lol just silly. You cant have it both ways, it takes tax money to fight crime in our communities across the nation PERIOD!!!

Keep it up the world is noticing how crazy FAR RIGHT republicans are getting (not real conservatives)day by day. bithers, tee parties, anti American rhetoric, sarah palin, that they don't even etc. The obvious lies constructed by emotionally immature people who think they are conservatives but are really just bitter, racist, etc. You guys are actually doing America a favor be exposing your right wing nuttiness and the country is noticing.

Since: Jul 09

Harrisburg, PA

#6 Jul 29, 2009
Citizen Kane wrote:
Look at these people; they arrested a man on his own property for nothing and we fit the bill. I agree a crime has been committed, but it wasn't by the home owner.
http://www.cnn.com/video/...
Contrary to popular belief, you can be arrested on your own property....
Jen Atillia

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Jul 29, 2009
Templeton wrote:
How is this stimulating the economy?

The "stimulus" is not for creating jobs as they said it is. It's for beefing-up and strengthening government and law-enforcement.

We're in trouble, people!
Concerned Parent

Elmwood Park, NJ

#8 Jul 29, 2009
I guess I look at the glass as half-full. More cops, should equal less crime. less crime, means that a new business may consider opening in Easton, which eventually would lead to more jobs. Every town deserves a chance to grow and thrive. This time it's Easton's turn. Congratulations.
tom

Walnutport, PA

#9 Jul 29, 2009
Jen Atillia wrote:
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The "stimulus" is not for creating jobs as they said it is. It's for beefing-up and strengthening government and law-enforcement.
We're in trouble, people!
New jobs were for the Czars, who each make min. 173 thousand, plus their staff, bennies and overhead. Those are the only jobs I see being created to date. It didn't help me one bit.
HelpAllentown

Nazareth, PA

#10 Jul 29, 2009
Nobody will agree not even Chief Palmer I bet when it comes to Allentown needing more cops and Easton...The only other pd nearby in more need than Allentown is Philly. How does Philly get money and Easton but no tALlentown? Something really wrong here..Were numbers and data fudged????
Jen Atillia

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Jul 29, 2009
tom wrote:
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New jobs were for the Czars, who each make min. 173 thousand, plus their staff, bennies and overhead. Those are the only jobs I see being created to date. It didn't help me one bit.

Agreed.

Am I seeing things though? Every cent has been for government (renovating and expanding federal buildings, security for government installations, and roads).

Roads? Yes. The interstate was started by Eisenhower as a means to move military hardware across the country.

Where are the jobs for the PEOPLE?
Bud

Philadelphia, PA

#12 Jul 29, 2009
Have you whiners bothered to come out of your gated communities lately and drive around the 3 major citys in the valley? It's getting rough out there, and the staffing levels of the early 90's that most departments are still working with it not going to be enough to stem the tide of the criminal element influx from New Jersey and New York. These gang bangers have a whole different mentality than the "average" criminal.

It may be convenient to belly-ache about government spending from your home office in Upper Macungie Township in your 300,000 home, but for the rest of us we see the need for increased staffing for police every day.
LOL

Bethlehem, PA

#13 Jul 29, 2009
Get back to us? How's that working out for you? Perhaps you can get some money for your lack of education too!
Concerned Parent wrote:
"I guess".. More cops, should equal less crime. less crime, means that a new business may consider opening in Easton, which eventually would lead to more jobs.

Every town deserves a chance to grow and thrive. "WHY?"
What constitution are you reading?

We now have corporations with the same rights as a human? Something fail it's the natural law of thing!
Merie Flagstone

Bethlehem, PA

#14 Jul 29, 2009
OMG! How do you get the courage to say such things. I see education hasn't effected you none. We don't need more cops!
Bud wrote:
Have you whiners bothered to come out of your gated communities lately and drive around the 3 major citys in the valley? It's getting rough out there, and the staffing levels of the early 90's that most departments are still working with it not going to be enough to stem the tide of the criminal element influx from New Jersey and New York. These gang bangers have a whole different mentality than the "average" criminal.
It may be convenient to belly-ache about government spending from your home office in Upper Macungie Township in your 300,000 home, but for the rest of us we see the need for increased staffing for police every day.
Concerned Parent

Elmwood Park, NJ

#15 Jul 29, 2009
Your response is confusing, but like you, I have a right to my opinion. Be original, and come up with your own views and stop attacking mine. I am college educated and also own a small business in Easton as well as a full-time job that utilizes my degree.So, yes,I am biased and am happy for the city of Easton. Maybe the other towns needed to hire a better grant writer.
Jen Atillia

Bethlehem, PA

#16 Jul 29, 2009
Bud wrote:
Have you whiners bothered to come out of your gated communities lately and drive around the 3 major citys in the valley? It's getting rough out there, and the staffing levels of the early 90's that most departments are still working with it not going to be enough to stem the tide of the criminal element influx from New Jersey and New York. These gang bangers have a whole different mentality than the "average" criminal.
It may be convenient to belly-ache about government spending from your home office in Upper Macungie Township in your 300,000 home, but for the rest of us we see the need for increased staffing for police every day.

All that's fine, but the federal stimulus program was SUPPOSED TO create jobs for everyone (since everyone's taxes are being used), not just for more government.

Governments have two ways to get things done:

1. Decrease costs and spending.
2. Increase revenue through taxes.

They are apparently unwilling to consider #1.

#2 always looks good to government, until there's a tax revolt.

Legalize and tax marijuana. You'll generate billions in revenue, save billions more on police, courts, and prisons, and break the backs of the gangs and "cartels".

It's a victimless activity, no one gets hurt, and it's a win-win.

If California is the first to decriminalize, I guess PA will be the 50th state to do it.
crazy way

Easton, PA

#17 Jul 29, 2009
It sounds so ugly to say, Yea, our crime rate is high and there fore we get moneys for 3 policemen for 3 years. Do we need to post signs around Easton telling the all the criminals to come back in 3 years?
More Cops Equals More

Bethlehem, PA

#18 Jul 29, 2009
More Cops doesn't equal less crime. It equals more Cops.
I don't think it matters much in real life to anyone other than the Police. Higher staffing rates does cut down on overtime but the money saved gets spent, anyway.
Bethlehem has artificially lowered it's crime statistics since Mayor Callahan took over by not recording each and every crime report. The Officers and Detectives were pressured into this policy. They had no choice. Citizen crime reports were often resolved without being counted and in many instances people think their particular crime report was in the system to find out later no actual crime report was counted. This is a fact.
NCCOP

AOL

#19 Jul 29, 2009
Good for Easton, they need more cops so I dont get mugged on the way to and from the bars!
Agreed

Allentown, PA

#20 Jul 29, 2009
Reports are hidden and cover ups well known. What is Miller going to do now that the FED gOV won't give him more cops. Maybe now Callahan will get rid of him!
More Cops Equals More wrote:
More Cops doesn't equal less crime. It equals more Cops.
I don't think it matters much in real life to anyone other than the Police. Higher staffing rates does cut down on overtime but the money saved gets spent, anyway.
Bethlehem has artificially lowered it's crime statistics since Mayor Callahan took over by not recording each and every crime report. The Officers and Detectives were pressured into this policy. They had no choice. Citizen crime reports were often resolved without being counted and in many instances people think their particular crime report was in the system to find out later no actual crime report was counted. This is a fact.
Darren

Bethlehem, PA

#21 Jul 29, 2009
Your from Harrisburg, you should work on that!
neroslogic wrote:
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Contrary to popular belief, you can be arrested on your own property....

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