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Respect keeps the peace 


I was disappointed to learn that the Board of Supervisors has been paying for a sheriff’s deputy to stand in the back of their chambers during public hearings for the last year (“Hill gets an earful on the First Amendment,” Oct. 20). While I am sure it provides a valuable civics lesson for the assigned officer, it’s a waste of precious public safety resources this county can ill afford.

When I chaired the Planning Commission hearings on the controversial and highly charged Los Osos sewer in 2009, I respectfully declined the services of our county Sheriff’s Department. I found that treating the public with dignity and respect was the best way to keep the peace.

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