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PASS limits?

| Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The news story “Westmoreland sheriff's ‘patrol' plan criticized” reminded me of a history lesson from all over the world.

Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held would like to have his deputies help “police” the streets of Jeannette with what he calls the PASS (Presence, Apprehension, Support and Security) program. Mr. Held's intentions may or may not be admirable, but what he is proposing is closely aligned with the start of a police state. And we have seen, sometimes too late, the horrible consequences of police states throughout history.

In the story, state Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-South Union, seems to support such a program. Maybe Sheriff Held and Rep. Mahoney could also design a standardized Pennsylvania sheriff's uniform in the style of a Nazi SS uniform.

I wonder where these gentlemen think this proposed authority should stop.

George Aul

Belle Vernon

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