Letters to the Editor

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Tag: susan powell

Feb.
13th

911: Place blame where it rightly belongs

Re: “Call-takers criticized for 911 calls in Powell tragedy” (TNT, 2-9).

It’s a very difficult time for the people in our community, following the tragedy of the Powell boys’ deaths. Thus, I try to be understanding of the emotions and desire to find someone to blame for such an incident.

In reality, there is someone to blame for this horrific event – Josh Powell. Attempts to lay blame on the 911 dispatchers, the case worker, the courts or anyone else is purely emotional, in my humble opinion.

Sure, 911 dispatchers might have immediately recognized this cell phone call as

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Feb.
13th

911: David Lovrak is one of LESA’s heroes

Re: “Call-takers criticized for 911 calls in Powell tragedy” (TNT, 2-9).

In 2008, I worked briefly for the Law Enforcement Support Agency (LESA), the command center that receives the Pierce County 911 emergency calls. The 911 operators were the most professional group of people I had ever met.

One operator stood out not only for his professionalism, but also his kindness and compassion with every caller, regardless if the caller was drunk, confused, elderly or being threatened by violence. When I saw that David Lovrak was the 911 operator who received the Powell call, I broke down in tears

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Feb.
10th

POWELLS: TNT does call-takers a disservice

Re: “Call-takers criticized for 911 calls in Powell tragedy” (TNT, 2-9).

The News Tribune does a grave disservice to all employees of the Law Enforcement Support Agency (LESA) in suggesting that a communications officer inappropriately handled the call that preceded Josh Powell’s tragic murder of his two sons.

To criticize the officer’s tone as rude, impatient and abrupt shows a complete lack of understanding of the job. Communications officers at LESA are trained professionals who answer hundreds of calls daily and must extract critical details that can be crucial in protecting community members and law enforcement responders.

Over the

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Feb.
9th

911: Call-takers need common sense, empathy

Re: “Call-takers criticized for 911 calls in Powell tragedy” (TNT, 2-9).

The training supervisor of Pierce County’s 911 support center makes sense in her defense of the way 911 call-takers are “supposed to sound.” They obviously need to remain calm, focused and able to persevere through verbal chaos on the other end of the line while obtaining necessary information to assist the caller.

But her explanation of using “slight Type-A personalities” provides insight into the use of folks who also may come from a typical black-or-white approach to their duty. I realize that this is an incredibly stressful job

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Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Hate group given free publicity

Re: “Anti-gays to protest at funeral for 2 boys” (TNT, 2-9).

It is amazing to me the amount of free publicity that is given to this extremely small hate group (40 members in the “church,” according to Wikipedia). It seems that now all they have to do is call the editor of a newspaper and they receive a front-page headline.

They represent such a small percentage of the U.S. population, yet they receive huge amounts of free publicity. That is what keeps them going. Wouldn’t a better spot for this article – if any spot at all is deserved

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Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Let’s be respectful at the memorial

As we recoil from the unspeakable evil of Josh Powell’s actions, we face a new horror. Publicity seekers from the Westboro Baptist Church threaten to use the Powell children’s memorial as a venue for their hate masquerading as Christianity (TNT, 2-9). Groups within our communities threaten a counter-demonstration.

Our region does not need another Terri Schiavo moment. Let us resolve to shelter the family, friends and neighbors of the Powell children by ignoring the inevitable media “tabloidization” of this tragedy. Tell the media, “no comment.” Greet the Westboro lunatics with silence. Reserve the memorial for those in the circle

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Feb.
9th

POWELLS: Don’t tolerate Westboro’s hate protest

The Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kan., plans on disrupting the funeral for two young boys who died at the hands of their father (TNT, 2-9). This church believes that it was God’s will that they died because our state legalized gay marriage.

These actions from this church cannot be tolerated. I hope to see many of our veterans there to counterprotest this group that also targets funerals of our fallen soldiers. It’s about time we stand up for what is right and put a stop to these radical anti-civil rights groups.

Feb.
6th

DSHS: Father’s visits should have been on neutral ground

Once again the Department of Social and Health Services proves that it is an agency that should be thoroughly investigated. A person who is the only person of interest in his wife’s disappearance is allowed near his children in a so-called supervised visit at his house and not at a secure location?

All meetings should have been on neutral ground and supervised by two people who were schooled in self-defense. DSHS now says there will be a formal investigation and review. Tell that to Charlie and Braden. The investigating should have been before the fact and two little boys would

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