Letters to the Editor

'Jerry Knows Best'

So now Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has gotten the Fresno City Council to approve a $1 million-plus program to get 300 of the estimated 7,000 gang members in Fresno out of gangs and onto the straight and narrow, not by zealously enforcing the law, but by referring them to job agencies, counseling and other feel-good gushiness.

While these might be valid ways to get and keep kids out of gangs, this is not the police department's job. It's not the government's job at all. This is what private organizations are for.

And the only way to do this is for the cops referring kids to agencies to turn a blind eye to violations of the law. That's not what they're there for. And at more than $30,000 per gang member targeted for "help," that's a lot of our tax dollars -- especially if Chief Dyer wants to expand this for all gang members (over $20 million).

Maybe if that money was not taxed out of the citizens and businesses of the city, they could afford to help these kids with jobs and counseling themselves. Instead, we get "Jerry Knows Best." Paternalistic government -- it's not just from Washington anymore.

Adam J. Bernay