Monday, November 27, 2000
Dear Ms. Katz:
May I remind you that you are a public servant? Your job is to serve the desires of the people and their ideas of how best to govern themselves. Not your own. If the people would like the government to make a law requiring every one to stand on their respective heads at noon each day it is your job to make that become a reality; regardless of why. If the people of Portland do not want Police Chief Mark Kroeker to be the Chief of Police in their city then "...they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper."* regardless of what you may personally desire. I do certainly hope you are following my argument.
Simply put it is my understanding that your job is to represent the views of the people of the City of Portland. It occurs to me that we do not want Mr. Kroeker to be the Police Chief. Therefore it is your job to represent those views, and get rid of Mr. Kroeker.
You were quoted as saying:
"I have a population of over 503,000 people in this city who have expectations from their police bureau to solve crime problems, to make sure their cars aren't stolen to make sure we don't have shootings during the day or in the middle of the night, to make sure their children are safe in school... this is where I want to focus my energy."
These are reasonable views, and I believe you are a reasonable person. As such I hope you understand my arguments and respond appropriately. If the people think that the best way to "make sure their children are safe in school" is to get rid of Mr. Kroeker then so be it.
I would appreciate any comments you may have,
David J. DeNorch
*Section 1. Natural rights inherent in people. We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper."
-We'll see what she has to say.-