Friday, April 24, 2015

Town Council Quashes Opposition on Lisbon's Budget


At the last Town Council meeting, the Council had the first reading to “repeal” the Finance Committee.  During Audience Participation, I voiced my concerns about the people losing more and more rights to be involved with local government and the loss of checks and balances in our democratic form of government.  The Charter Commission felt it was vital to have an elected Budget Advisory Board to provide more eyes on the Municipal budget.  The previous Town Council decided to eliminate the elected Budget Advisory Board and form the Finance Committee.  This committee was filled with five former Councilors and two additional members all appointed by the Council at the time.  These former Councilors of the newly appointed Finance Committee were the ones responsible for the financial situation the town is in.

Chairman Pesce stated that the reason they current Council wanted to do away with the Finance Committee are because it was advisory only and that it was ineffective.  The reason it was ineffective is because there was no leadership in charge and these former Councilors did not want anyone to know how they had placed the town is such a vulnerable situation.  

In order to have an efficient Finance Committee, the committee should be made up of three members selected by the School Board and three members selected by the Town Council with the Chair being changed every year between the School Board and the Town Council.  This can be accomplished by selecting members upon resignations.  When a committee is selected these individuals should have some familiarity with budgeting, knowledge of the needs of their respective entity and most of all a fresh perspective of what is best for the community.  It is essential these individuals have a diverse background to enable a fresh outlook on all financial matters.  Selecting individuals with the same qualifications only provides a narrow minded approach to a problem; diversity will provide a wiser solution.

Repealing the Finance Committee is not the right answer because it eliminates the checks and balances necessary to maintain a democratic form of local government.   It also eliminates the rights of the people to be involved which are part of the Town’s Mission Statement.  Repealing will change the makeup of our local government from a democracy to tyrannical. 

There was mention of forming a sub-committee.  This action will take valuable time and waste a great deal of time.  The Finance Committee responsibilities are already been established and outlined in Ordinance – Ch. 2 Administration Div. 2 Finance Committee so why do we need to redo it.  No one has ever challenged the responsibilities so what are we really trying to do.

Once the former members of the Council resigned and the town had four additional candidates to replace them; the Finance Committee could function.  How successful the committee would have been; we will never know.  It was never given a chance.  Shame on the Town Council!

Call your Councilors and tell them NOT to repeal the Finance Committee and approve the candidates they had.

Larry Fillmore

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I realize that it has been a long time since the people voted on whether or not they wanted the right to vote on the Municipal Budget.  Back in November 2011, the Town Council put a non-binding referendum question on the ballot.  The result was 2025 citizens’ voted YES and 514 voted NO.  

Prior to the election, the Town Council had agreed to take action in accordance with the results.  However, that Council had absolutely no intentions of honoring their word.  Since the 2011 vote, all Councils have done everything they can to prevent the people from voting on the Municipal budget.  One of the previous Councils went so far as to change the Charter to keep the people from voting on the Municipal instead they lower the requirements to seek a Special Town meeting in order to vote on the Municipal budget.  This requirement is to form a committee of 5 citizens, prepare a petition, gather significant number of signatures, have the town attorney to review the petition (after the signatures are gathered), verify signatures, setup a date for a Special Town meeting.  If the Town attorney does not like the wording of the petition, it has to gather all the signatures again.  The petition process has to be accomplished in 20 days.

How anyone can state, with a straight face, this is the same as checking a block on the ballot is beyond me?  So they had to come up with another method to stop the people from voting on the Municipal budget.  This new method was to state the 2011 vote was non-binding and therefore the Council was under no obligation to honor the results even though it was very clear what the citizens of Lisbon wishes were.  Numerous citizens have requested the Council at the time to please honor the wishes of the people and each time the Council refuses to the result of the 2011 vote.

At last Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, I requested that the current Town Council put a binding Referendum Question asking the people:  “Do you want to vote on the Municipal budget by Departments.”  Chairman Pesce said the Council would look into it in July.  Since, I was not asking for a Charter Change, there should have been no objection to adding it to the June ballot?  This request was submitted in time to get on the June Ballot.   However, in order to delay this process Chairman Pesce has moved any action until after the June election so that it would be another year before any action could be taken.

I believe the people, during the Public Hearing on the School and Municipal budgets, can tell the Council to include this binding Referendum Question on the June ballot.

Larry Fillmore

Facebook DOES collect the text you decided against posting

Iron Sheik 04/23/2015 Big Brother & Police State

(Ben Rossi) Ever written out a status update or comment but decided against posting it? One techie has discovered Facebook collects this content, despite the company’s claims to the contrary .

Facebook collects all content that is typed into its website, even if it is not posted, a tech consultant has discovered.

In December 2013, it was reported that Facebook plants code in browsers that returns metadata every time somebody types out a status update or comment but deletes it before posting.

At the time, Facebook maintained that it only received information indicating whether somebody had deleted an update or comment before posting it, and not exactly what the text said.

However, Príomh Ó hÚigínn, a tech consultant based in Ireland, has claimed this is not the case after inspecting Facebook’s network traffic through a developer tool and screencasting software.

‘I realised that any text I put into the status update box was sent to Facebook’s servers, even if I did not click the post button,’ he wrote on hisblog yesterday.

Referring to the GIF he created below, he found that a HTTP post request was sent to Facebook each time he wrote out a status, containing the exact text he entered.

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The Free Market is Solving the GMO Problem

By Philippe Gastonne - April 23, 2015
    When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants
The corn, which will head to a processor 

20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand for food without biotech ingredients.
For Dammann and other Midwest farmers, the burgeoning interest in non-GMO foods has increased how much they get paid to grow crops in fields once populated exclusively with genetically modified corns and soybeans. The revenue hike is a welcome benefit at a time when lower commodity prices are pushing farm income down to what's expected to be the lowest level in six years.
"We never really thought we would go back to (non-GMO). But the consumer, in my opinion, has sent a clear message that a certain percentage of our customers are willing to pay more for the non-GMO lines," Dammann said. "This non-GMO thing has seemed to take hold and gain a lot of traction." – Des Moines Register, April 18, 2015
This story is a marvelous example of consumer preferences encouraging producers to change their behavior, without any government intervention. Markets work – when we let them.
Monsanto and the other genetically modified seed companies insist their products are safe. A substantial number of consumers have their doubts. The number is large enough to have enticed GMO-free food companies to step up their offerings. Alternatives are often more expensive than the GMO versions, but they're available.
Consumers in some states have tried to force labeling requirements on GMO products. As we wrote a few weeks ago, the effort is facing fierce industry and political resistance. If the trends in this article continue, it won't matter. Consumers will eventually get what they want.
Mandatory labeling would have been a blunt instrument. If it had solved the problem, there would still have been other harmful side effects. This is how government interventions usually work, however well-intentioned they are.
The market may move slowly but it is far more precise. Look what is happening. A significant number of consumers want foods made from GMO-free grains. Food companies provided them.
The article mentions some examples. General Mills will no longer use GMO cornstarch in Cheerios. Chipotle Mexican Grill wants to eliminate GMOs from all its ingredients. Whole Foods will require GMO labeling by 2018.
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Freddie Gray death highlights ‘real law enforcement problems’ – former US Marshal

Pacific Ocean life devastated by Fukushima radiation: Fisheries populations have crashed 91 percent

(NaturalNews) With environmentalists and activists still reeling and trying to remedy the chemical annihilation of pollinator populations, they now have a new crisis to manage and investigate to prevent another important ecosystem from crashing -- the West Coast fisheries.

Earlier this week, Michael Snyder sent an urgent warning that the bottom of our food chain is going through a massive collapse, with 91% of the sardine population being wiped out in just the last eight years. Due to the extremity of the decline, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to direct the NOAA Fisheries service to halt the current season immediately, which will affect approximately 100 fishing boats with sardine permits.

Like colony collapse disorder, this is not a simple matter of managing a minor problem so that the ecosystem and benefits related to it can be enjoyed in the future. This is a NOW issue, which was reflected by the emergency closure of fisheries along the West Coast in mid-April.

Furthermore, this is not just an issue of seeing your next can of sardines explode in price. With such a dramatic change in this part of the food chain, it undoubtedly reverberates through all other creatures that are affected by the sardine population. This includes predators like the California sea lion as well as microscopic organisms that sardines feed on like various species of zooplankton.

It has been estimated that 90% of this year's class of sea lion pups are starving due to a lack of sardines to eat. A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded in Southern California, a 20-fold increase in the level of strandings averaged for the same three-month period over the past decade, and twice the number documented in 2013, the previous worst winter season recorded for Southern California sea lions.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


This was an extremely short and sweet meeting.  However, it was business as usual.  The following items under Council Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances were approved by a vote of 7-0:

1. FY-13 Homeland Security Grant Supplemental Funds Acceptance & Use of Forfeiture Funds.  The funds receive exceeded what was expected by $345.84 so the Council approved $5,529.03 of forfeiture funds.
2. FY-13 Homeland Security Grant Supplemental Funds Acceptance was for $2,850.00.  These funds were approved for the purchase of emergency signs and portable radios.
3. Commitment of Sewer Rates – This was more of an administrative action to direct the town to collect these sewer rates going back to September 1, 2014.
4. School Budget Validation Referendum Warrant – This was approved with little discussion.
5. Ch. 70 Zoning Map & Sec. 70-531 Table of Land Uses (First Reading) – This was presented by the Planning Board to clean up some administrative errors.
6. Ch. 70 Sec. 70-115 Officers and Duties (First Reading) – This was tabled to July.
7. Ch. Administrative Div. 2 Finance Committee (First Reading) – This was approved with little discussion.

Under Town Manager’s Report – summer passes for Beaver Park can be purchased at the Town Office and the MTM Center.  Mrs. Barnes also briefed the Council on additional changes to the Municipal Budget to include cutting the Police and Public Works budget’s by $100,000.00 each.  There was no discussion on the Androscoggin River Trail Discussion.

Mr. Mark Stevens was appointed Parks Director to combine the Recreation and Parks Departments.

Larry Fillmore

Banks To Soon Outlaw Cash

California Bill Proposes New On-the-spot Drug Test for Drivers

(Adan Salazar)  A bill moving through the California legislature would equip police with devices enabling them to conduct instant drug tests on motorists to determine whether they’re driving under the influence of marijuana.
Assembly Bill 1356 would allow local law enforcement to take oral swabs, in addition to or in place of blood or breath tests, if a person is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R – Palmdale), showed off the Alere DDS®2 at a press conference yesterday, a portable device he hopes to soon have in the hands of officers across the state.
The device, hailed as “the wave of the future,” would enable police to test saliva for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, benzodiazepine (Xanax) and methamphetamine, while providing almost instantaneous results.
“[O]fficers can ask a driver to consent to a voluntary portable oral fluids test of their gum line and cheeks,” described “The tip of the tool is then put into a portable machine for immediate testing rather than requiring a blood test. Such blood tests have previously been necessary to verify an arrest made on the suspicion of drugged driving.”

Pumps at Fukushima plant halted, toxic water leaking into ocean - T

Published time: April 21, 2015 16:02
Edited time: April 21, 2015 17:50

General aerial view of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture (Reuters / Kyodo)

All the eight water transfer pumps at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power station have been shut down due to a power outage, leading to a leak of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, the plant’s operator said.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) reported a power outage on Tuesday, according to Kyodo news agency. It follows the line of the toxic leaks that were reported in February, when at one point around 100 tons of highly radioactive water leaked from one the plant’s tanks.

Feburuary report prompted TEPCO to launch a pumping process at the site; this began just last Friday. The pumps were confirmed to be working Monday afternoon, but at 8:45am on Tuesday they were found stopped.

The incident and the amount of water already leaked are being checked, according to the company. The pumps are used to transfer tainted water from a drainage channel to a channel that leads to an artificial bay in front of the station, enclosed by a fence.

DEA Head Resigns: What They Are Not Telling You – Agency repeatedly caught working with violent drug cartels

More than 734 prisoners waiting to die in California.

The interminable wait of more than 700 death row in California

Jarvis Masters, a man who in 1990 was sentenced to death for his role in the murder of a prison guard remains from that time waiting on death row in San Quentin Prison to execute it.

More than 734 prisoners waiting to die in
The uncertainty in the living he and his wife are suffering from the same family of more than 734 inmates waiting to die in California, which was not carried out an execution since 2006.
And since that year a judge ruled that the lethal injection method that was used in the state to administer capital punishment violated the constitutional rights of convicts, for the suffering they could cause.
Since then the authorities have not agreed to when choosing an alternative method to resumeexecutions, as revealed by the BBC News website.
In 2014 another judge ruled that the death penalty as applied in California was “unconstitutional” because of the “unpredictable delay” on executions because of the complicated system of appeals against sentences.
For the wife of Masters, who agreed to speak to BBC World without revealing her name, the uncertainty of the current system has a “huge” impact on families of the condemned.
“It is a disproportionate punishment. I think it’s similar to the situation experienced by those who have a loved one with a terminal illness. They know they will die, but do not know when. They’re on their deathbed for decades,” says

Monday, April 20, 2015


As we all know, money does not grow on trees.  We also know it cost the town a lot of money to operate.  What I am recommending is that we spend the taxpayer’s money a little smarter.  I believe that no equipment/vehicles should be purchased before April 1st of each year.  The reason for this is to ensure the cost of winter is paid before purchasing additional equipment/vehicles.  Last year the town purchased the following:

9/2/2014 Mill Street Culvert Liner        $18,900
9/2/2014 Dump Body Installed          44,710
9/2/2014 Paving Bid (various pricing)
10/7/2014 2-Police Cruisers         53,292
10/21/2014 Engineer Bid ($75.00 per hour)
10/21/2014 Asphalt Reclaimer          31,490
11/5/2014 Public Works Heavy Duty Truc   52,669

As you can see, the Town Council approved the acquisition of numerous equipment/vehicles.  I cannot provide a total amount of money but it is substantial.  This was all done prior to understand what the cost of winter was going to be.  Two years ago, we needed additional sand and this year we had to use additional overtime for all the plowing that was done.  Public Works does an excellent job ensuring our roads are clear and safe for the residents.  However, this comes at a cost to the taxpayers.

Waiting until April 1st (which is 90 days prior to the end of the fiscal year) will provide the Council with a much better picture of how many tax dollars are available to spend without borrowing to pay for these items.  This current fiscal year taxpayers paid $63,950.00 in Interest on the Principal of $237, 050.00.  We cannot continue to lease to purchase or use a Promissory Note to acquire equipment/vehicles except in emergency cases.

I believe the amendment should read:  There will be no acquisitions of equipment/vehicles prior to April 1st with the exception of:

1. Any acquisition necessary to protect the citizens during the winter months (November through March).
2. Any acquisition of emergency equipment/vehicles.  The emergency status will be determined by the Town Manager and the Town Council.

The first priority must be the safety of our citizens during the winter months.  Once, we have passed the danger point of April 1st then whatever is important as far as equipment/vehicles can be purchased (paid in full).  This will reduce paying large amounts of interest and will eliminate paying for “Toys for the Boys”.  It is always nice to have the latest of everything but not at the expense of the taxpayers.

If I was still a member of the Finance Committee, this would have been my first recommendation to the Town Council.

Larry Fillmore

The Men Who Own and Run the US Government

Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters --- Full Movie


Police Officer saves a life and refuses to take the easy way out of a tough situation.

Organic sales jump 11% as Americans demand cleaner food

The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn’t seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says.
Sales of organics have been rapidly growing since the United States put strict rules in place and began certifying organic products in 2002. According to the Agriculture Department, the number of U.S. organic operations has more than tripled since then; the number grew 5 percent just last year.
The Organic Trade Association estimated in a report released Wednesday that organics now make up almost 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, with sales for all organic products totaling more than $39 billion last year.
As the industry has grown, giants like General Mills and Kellogg have entered the organic game and many small organic food companies have become large businesses. Laura Batcha, head of the trade association, says that growth has helped the industry move beyond a niche market.
“The only way to create change is for there to be widespread adoption,” Batcha said.
Organic foods generally are grown with fewer chemicals and artificial ingredients and are produced according to a strict set of government standards. A food cannot be labeled organic unless its production adheres to those rules, and those extra steps mean higher prices at the grocery store.
Much of organics’ growth is in nonfood items like textiles and personal care items. The Organic Trade Association says those nonfood sales jumped almost 14 percent last year and totaled more than $3 billion.

Texas Bill Would Turn Off Power to Massive NSA Surveillance Facility

AUSTIN, Texas (March 16, 2015) – A Texas legislator introduced a bill that would stop the independent Texas power grid from being used to power mass, warrantless surveillance by the NSA.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) introduced House Bill 3916 (HB3916) on March 13. The legislation would prohibit any political subdivision in Texas from providing water or electricity to any federal agency “involved in the routine surveillance or collection and storage of bulk telephone or e-mail records or related metadata concerning any citizen of the United States and that claims the legal authority to collect and store the bulk telephone or e-mail records or metadata concerning any citizen of the United States without the citizen’s consent or a search warrant that describes the person, place, or thing to be searched or seized.”

“No water and no electricity means no super-computers. That will shut down NSA operations in Texas. If Congress doesn’t want to reform the NSA then we’ll just turn it off,” OffNow founder and associate director Michael Boldin said.


If passed, HB3916 would ultimately turn off water and electric service to the massive Texas Cryptologic Center in San Antonio.

In 2006, the Baltimore Sun reported that the NSA had maxed out capacity of the Baltimore-area power grid via Baltimore Gas and Electric. Insiders reported that “The NSA is already unable to install some costly and sophisticated new equipment. At minimum, the problem could produce disruptions leading to outages and power surges. At worst, it could force a virtual shutdown of the agency.”

This, in part, led the NSA to expand in new locations in states such as Utah and Texas, to ensure that the agency could keep expanding its programs without the risk of shutting down due to lack of resources.

A former Sony warehouse, just down the road from a new Microsoft data center, houses the NSA facility. According to the Houston Chronicle, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), a publicly traded company based in Maryland, owns the property and leases it to the NSA.

Main reason People Support Hillary Clinton For President

UK Man Quits Chemo and Beats Cancer with Cannabis

The US government has finally acknowledged theanticancer properties of cannabis. At this point it's pretty difficult to ignore the evidence, including countless testimonials of people who cured their cancer with cannabis extracts.

The latest example is a young man whose attempts at traditional cancer treatments of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy failed to get rid of his stage-three bowel cancer. Cannabis oil was a last ditch effort, and it worked.

The police were created to control working class and poor people.

Submitted by IWB, on April 16th, 2015

A short historical account of the US police force explaining their origins in slave patrols in the South and a force to discipline the working class in the North, with the background of a spate of police killings of unarmed black men in 2014.
In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population. That is, after all, what they were created to do. If only the normal, decent relations between the police and the community could be re-established, this problem could be resolved. Poor people in general are more likely to be the victims of crime than anyone else, this reasoning goes, and in that way, they are in more need than anyone else of police protection. Maybe there are a few bad apples, but if only the police weren’t so racist, or didn’t carry out policies like stop-and-frisk, or weren’t so afraid of black people, or shot fewer unarmed men, they could function as a useful service that we all need.


Sunday, April 19, 2015


In Communication/Dispatch Center – Part 1 (The Problem), I outlined what I believe to be the problem.  Chief Brooks’ over stepped his authority by sending a very insulting letter to Sheriff Samson.  Chief Brooks’ action has jeopardized the consolidation of Lisbon’s Communication/Dispatch Center with the Androscoggin County Dispatch.   I believe Chief Brooks sent this letter without the approval of the Town Manager, Mrs. Barnes or the Town Council.

A review of the fees schedule, Chairman Pesce estimated a cost saving of $191,000.00 which Chief Brooks has now put into jeopardy.  So how do we correct this problem?

1. Chief Brooks should be disciplined.
2. Chief Brooks and either Mrs. Barnes or the Town Council should send a letter of apology to Sheriff Samson.
3. The Town Council has to decide if they want to go ahead with the consolidation with Androscoggin County Dispatch.
4. If the answer is yes, then direct Mrs. Barnes to work with Sheriff Samson to repair any damage done and seek a timeline.
5. Move the Communication Center under Mrs. Barnes and not allow Chief Brooks any participation on this project to prevent any further damage being done.
6. Before the town commits to Androscoggin County Dispatch, there should be a written contract detailing the fees and responsibilities of both parties.

The cost savings of $191,000.00 tax dollars is a sufficient amount to warrant pursuing the consolidation of dispatching.  Once completed, I believe that the cost savings will be even more.

Consolidating Communication/Dispatch Center with the Androscoggin County Dispatch which receives 911 calls DIRECTLY will enable a faster response time and possibly save more lives.  Having the County do dispatching, eliminates having to relay all information to a middleman causing a delay.  I believe our Communication/Dispatch center has done an outstanding job but it is a redundant service.  The consolidation in dispatching will improve the efficiency when it comes to response time.
This is a good move for the town and will result in a significant savings for our taxpayers.  

Larry Fillmore


The Town Council is looking for ways to reduce the operational cost of the town.  This effort is designed to eliminate wasteful spending which in turn will reduce our taxes.  One way is to have Androscoggin County Dispatch assume the dispatching responsibility for Lisbon thus eliminating our Communication/Dispatch Center.

The Town Council tasked Mrs. Barnes, our Town Manager, to send our requirements to the current Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) Lewiston-Auburn 911 and the Androscoggin County Dispatch to see if either one of these two PSAPs is capable of taking over the dispatching responsibility for Lisbon.  Apparently, this task was further delegated to Chief Brooks.  Chief Brooks sent out letters to the two PSAP’s with our requirements.

Androscoggin County Sheriff Eric Samson responded with a letter dated April 8, 2015 stating that Androscoggin County Dispatch does have the capabilities to provide and maintain your current level of dispatching service.  Sheriff Samson included a fees schedule in his letter.  Based on his fee schedule, Chairman Pesce announced that there would be a cost savings of roughly $191,000.00 to the town.  This is a significant savings to the taxpayers.  The letter is attached.

However, Chief Brooks sent a letter dated April 10, 2015 to Sheriff Samson outlining all the reasons why the two Communication/Dispatch Centers CANNOT be consolidated.  This letter is unprofessional and a slap in the face of Sheriff Samson.  It is like telling him that he has no clue what he is doing.  Under no circumstances do your send out a letter requesting information and then send another letter tell someone that they cannot provide the service as stated.  The only person who knows what Androscoggin Dispatch Center can and cannot do is the supervisor and to have an outsider tell him he does not know what he is taking about is wrong.  This letter is also attached.

I am sure that Sheriff Samson consulted with the County Commissioners and his people before stating that Androscoggin County Dispatch can provide dispatching service to our town.  Chief Brooks is not privileged to what Sheriff Samson and the County has planned and therefore should never send his response.  It appears as this was a deliberate attempt to sabotage any chance of eliminating our Communication/Dispatch Center which would reduce the tax burden by $191,000.00 tax dollars.

Chief Brooks’ action was not only irresponsible and insulting but has jeopardized this project.  I do not believe anyone authorized Chief Brooks to send the letter dated April 10, 2015 to Sheriff Samson.  Chief Brooks has never wanted to consolidate Communications/Dispatch Centers from the very start.  I attended a few of the meeting the County Commissioners had years ago and discussed the consolidation with them.  I personally believe this would have been completed years ago if Chief Brooks was not so adamant about being in charge.

Chief Brooks’ letter dated April 10, 2015 is irresponsible and unprofessional and is insulting to our County Sheriff.  This behavior cannot go without consequences and Chief Brooks should be disciplined for his action.

Larry Fillmore