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Page4 Free Press Thursda~ Februaw7,2013 Trust. It's a difficult concept to live up to sometimes, and yet it's one we all value and expect from one another. Trust is especially important when it comes to law enforce- ment. Those we trust to enforce the law fairly we also trust to be honest, and not break the law themselves. When they break this public trust by lying, acting unethically or illegally it erodes our trust in them, and converse- ly the law itself. That's bad for society. Un- fortunately we have recent, local examples of unethical misbehavior that were found to be reasonable grounds for termination - termination required in order to maintain the integrity of the law enforce- ment agency and the public trust that these civil servants are not above the law. And yet some of these of- ricers were given their old jobs back because an independent arbitrator, while agreeing there trator finds problems with the acts and expect to retain the was reason for termination and evidence, flaws in the process public's trust, or a public pay- the process followed, decided and or its execution, he or she check, but alas, such is the case. there were extenuating circum- can overturn the decision. If Public employee unions have stances to overrule the deci- however the arbitrator's review accused Knezovich of trying sion of the officer's supervisor, finds the evidence supports the to take away employee rights, That's bad not only for public decision, and process was particularly of due process, but trust, but departmental morale, proper and adhered to, the deci- as we stated above, those rights Spokane County Sheriff sion to terminate must stand, are protected. And if unions Ozzie Knezovich is trying to This would remove such would take a second look, change that by proposing an arbitrary reasoning for rein- they might see the amendment amendment to the RCW Chap- statement such as "Nobody got actually protects their rights by ter on Criminal Justice Train- hurt," or "The crime wasn'tenabling law enforcement lead- ing Commission - Education committed in public," or "Yes ers to remove the I percent of and Training Standards Boards it was unethical to have a jail scofflaws whose actions cast a (RCW 43.101) that would make inmate do jumping jacks naked bad light on the other 99 percent sure an arbitrator's personal but the jailer was a long time of good, honest officers. decision is not substituted for employee who made a bad deci- Law enforcement personnel that of a sheriff or police chief in sion and anyway is considered take an oath to protect and serve these cases, the jail's 'class clown.'" the public, not each other. Being We support the sheriff's We also support the amend- reinstated in their positions af- proposal, as do sheriffs in all 38 ment because it defines specifi- ter termination for obvious and of the remaining state counties, caUy what an illegal act is: "the defined reasons creates the im- the Spokane County Board of commission of any crime or act pression that law enforcement is Commissioners, police chiefs of moral turpitude in an official above the law - not subject to it and several state legislators. We capacity including but not lim- like the rest of us. support it for several reasons, ited to murder, rape, burglary, It bestows a special privilege First, language is included in theft, fraud, malicious mischief, that does not exist, eroding re- the amendment that preserves arson or any crime involving spect and creating questions of due process of discovery for domestic violence." Frankly, it's honesty in individuals we trust law enforcement employees' a shame we should even have to to be honest. accused of illegal or dishonest remind law enforcement person- And trust is why Knezovich's acts. If upon review the arbi- nel that they can't commit these amendment must become law. Write to the Point The evolution of the Super Bowl's commercials and perception By JAMES ElK Staff Reporter Let's all be honest. For half of us, there's really only one reason to watch the Super Bowl: the commercials. Every y e a r, t h e James Elk who's who of marketing pull out all the stops, paying around $4 million for just 30 seconds of air time. For the most part, the commercials are lighthearted and fun, seeking to be entertaining while drawing a good return on those millions of dollars. All ages, both adult and children, bask in the humorous, obscure and serious for a few hours in It's obvious that the theme that incident happened. This the day. for quite a bit of the game year, a Washington Post The Super Bowl is more of presentation was simple: sex column by Tricia Jenkins even a family event than anything, sells, posed the question of whether with kids waiting for the Some w~ll say, "What's the we need to cheer for America funny Doritos commercials, problem?": during the game's events. adults watching the game and It was only nine years ago plenty of others who are just in 2004 when the famous there for the food. flash appeared with Justin Urffortunately, this year's Timberlake and Janet Jackson. event seemed a bit out of The fallout from that was touch, fierce and swift, and it truly People will recall the took a few years for the Super awkward, disgusting Bowl to recover its image. GoDaddy commercials, which Paul McCartney, in one of the have typically been risqu6 and better recent halftime shows, off-color. This year was no helped to lead that effort in exception, the following year. T h e C a 1 v i n K 1 e i n It should make us think, advertisement followed the however, about how we same vein. would react if the same thing FREE PRESS Vol. 116-No. 42 Publisher Harlan Shellabarger And then there was the happened today. Would we halftime show with Beyonc& want the halftime show fixed? Would commercials tone things down? Better yet, would we even care? Our society has changed dramatically since 2004, when Production Manager Editor Randy Warwick John McCallum Pressmen Reporters Mark Cordes Paul Delaney Ed Geary James Eik Sales Steve Barge Graphics Carol Campbell John Myers DeeAnn Gibb Karen Robinette Press Front Office Bookkeeper Rubi Geary Debi Labish Rosa Lopez The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, James Eik, Bill Iffl, John McCallum, Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is The Free Press re- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead- ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which will be strictly president. Periodical post- enforced: age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT W. First Street, Cheney, AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.rn. Wash. 99004. CHURCH, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL POSTMASTER: Send SOCIAL NEWS -- ion=y, noon address changes to: DISPLAY ADVERTISING -- Monday, 4 p,m. Cheney Free Press, P.O. LEGAL NOTICES -- Monday, 5 p.m. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. Cl~SS,E~ED ADVERTISING- Tuesday, 11 99004-0218. ID PUBLICA- a.m. TION # 102240 Rates: Addresses in Spokane County, $24 per year; $36 per year outside Spokane County; senior citizens in Spokane County, $22 per year. For other rates, call 235- 6184. Subscription cancellations are non-refundable! HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235-2887 emall: cfp @ cheneyfreepress.com www.cheneyfreepress.com Instead, Jenkins argues that the games have become something like a large, patriotic theater. She notes small flags worn, on each of the players' uniforms, the customary flyover from military aircraft, it all just seems like a bit too much. Back in 2004, it wasn't even a question whether we should play the national anthem before a game Or have members of our armed forces take part in honorable ceremonies beforehand. Back in 2004, we had the standards to remember the Super Bowl was a family affair. Thankfully, we can bask in the warm glow that came from this year's Jeep and Dodge commercials that depicted the values of hard work and dedication slipping from today's America. Sometimes amidst the silly and absurd, the serious messages speak loudest. ere A nice place to live, thanks to lights My family and I enjoyed the lights at Cheney Cable TV. Christmas lights throughoutThings like this make the town. In particular the tree Cheney a nice place to live. at the library, the decorations Ralph Laws downtown and the impressive Cheney Your Cheney Free Press editorial staff John McCallum Editor Main contact for editorial coverage. Cov- ers all Cheney gevemment, commun~ school disffict news and events, as well as Cheney High School sports, Eastern Washington University news. jmac @ dneneyfreepreas.com James Eik Staff Reporte~ Covers a// Med/ca/ Lake government, community and school clis~ict news, as well as Ain4tay Heights news and some spots. jarr~@~oam Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covers all Medical Lake High $chco/ and Eastam Washington Univers~ sports. Contact for rnisc sports. pde/aney @ chene yfreepress, com i L ' il IIII Illilil IIII I I I L I