2002-08-24 / Letters

Ease Up On Talamo

Dear Editor;

Ease Up On Talamo

Dear Editor;

Whenever there is controversy surrounding an individual, I always remember the old adage: "We judge ourselves by our intentions, others judge us by our actions." This is very true with the recent debate over Captain Charles Talamo's enforcement of laws pertaining to use of the beach. Captain Talamo has a job, and that is what he is doing. His priority is the safety of every Rockaway resident and any other individual within the confines of the 100th Precinct. There is no selective enforcement, as some would like to cry as a means of defense. Captain Talamo is enforcing all laws, therefore improving the quality of life for each of us.

If the public has issue with any law, then the time and energy exhausted on attempting to burn Captain Talamo should be spent on having our elected officials change those very same laws. In the meantime, Captain Talamo and the men and women of the 100th Precinct are mandated to protect us, and that is what they should do.

Recent drownings off the beaches of Rockaway have occurred when lifeguards are off-duty. I wonder if the same people now screaming about so-called "excessive enforcement" would stand by the Captain when a child drowns because he or she was in the water before or after lifeguard hours. I bet they would be the first taking the Captain to task for not protecting us from the "ferocious" ocean.

As a Rockaway resident, I support Captain Talamo. He is doing a fine job and I applaud the efforts of every officer of the 100th Precinct. Keep up the good work. I enjoy living in an area with the safest precinct in the City of New York.


JOHN C. MCLOUGHLIN


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