CF public safety


EVANSDALE — With the on-going debate in Cedar Falls regarding the use of public safety officers (PSO) and professional firefighters, the same question surfaces for the safety director. What cities have implemented this plan, and which cities have tried and gone back to using the firefighters full-time?

In many interviews he will not give names of cities trying the PSOs. Only time a name was mentioned was the Cedar Rapids airport using POSs full time. When Chief John Bostwick was questioned, he said many cities in California have this combination; no city named, once again.

So the city of Cedar Falls is unable to investigate and talk to city managers/mayors of this combination work force. You must take the word of director Jeff Olson. Curious why naming the cities using this method will not be named? Could it be it is not working as he promises? Could it be the cities tried this and it did not work out as he professes it did? What is the population of the cities that have tried this program? Are they similar to Cedar Falls? What city closest to Cedar Falls is using the PSO program that we may compare to?

Panay incident


CEDAR FALLS — Dec. 12 marked the 80th anniversary of the Panay incident. USS Panay, a gunboat in our Asiatic fleet, was on patrol on the Yangtze River in China. She was attacked by Japanese aircraft and sunk, and two of the crew lost their lives. Further problems were avoided when the Japanese government apologized and paid reparations.

Admiral Harry Yarnell was commander-in-chief of the Asiatic fleet at the time of the incident. He was born near Independence, Iowa, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1897.

The last survivor of the crew of the Panay, Fon Huffman, died in 2008. He was born in Truro, Iowa, and enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16. During World War II, he served on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas.

Men confused


WATERLOO — In this “me too” movement, all males need to do some serious soul searching. I have been doing so for the past few weeks. I am close to the same age as Donald Trump. I have been married twice, not three times. I am a member of the lower middle class, not in the top upper class. I am quite the opposite of Donald Trump in many ways. Recently, in my soul searching, I have come to the realization that I have done and said some things that may have offended some females. I apologize. I have also recently met three females that I have not seen in many years. All three initiated a hug with me. With two of them, I was surprised. With the third, I extended my hand to shake her hand. Then she initiated the hug. When we completed the interfaith choir rehearsal, she hugged me a second time. It was similar to a father/daughter hug.

What is appropriate in the future because of the me too movement? Do all men need to wait for the women to initiate a hug? What if the man does not want to be hugged? I’m confused.