Letters to editor

No justice, peace without effort

By From page A10 | August 31, 2014

What would we do without good police officers serving our neighborhood and communities? What we do not need is trigger-happy police officers who kill a black person two times a week in the United States. According to a seven-year study, 18 percent were under the age of 21, (USA Today).

The good old boys created this lifetime of pent-up hostility, anxiety, fear, panic and pain in African-Americans. A pent-up mind is a devil’s workshop: No hope for the future, education, jobs, justice or peace.

We do not need military officers patrolling our streets. America needs more police officers that look like the neighborhood where they grew up. The future of America depends on all her citizens. We will never have harmony as long as we are being persecuted by the good old boys who think they are privileged to murder African-American and people of color at will.

They do not have the right. Get out and vote! This November, think about all the Trayvon Martins and vote. Join the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, become a life member. Where there is injustice, do not set on your backside. Speak out. Case in point:

I was going to the Solano Mall on Aug. 16 to write my opinion on Ferguson, Missouri. What I saw brought tears to my eyes. It was a woman running after three black boys in the parking lot yelling, “Come back, come back, you didn’t pay!”

I asked the young men, did you pay? “Yes. I have the receipt,” the boy said.

The woman pulled on the bags they had, the boy asking her to let go of his bag. She kept pulling, insisting that the boys come back into the store. They did with receipt in hand. I followed. She accused the boys of stealing despite the receipt. She did not apologize.

I want my 40 acres and a mule.

Minnie Noble


Letter to the Editor


Discussion | 29 comments

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  • Dr Ellen CohenAugust 23, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    I don't know what kind of power police officers feel entitled to today. Just hours after watching a report on the cold-blooded killing of the young man in Missouri by officers who fired twelve shots between them, I received a disturbing phone call from my daughter. Crying hysterically, she told me that a Fairfield police officer pulled her over for speeding. He told her to get out of her car while he searched it. He had no probable cause, nor did he allow her to refuse consent to the search. My daughter felt so frightened that she asked him to let her roll down her window because she feared she would be sick. He said something insulting, laughed at her obvious fear of him, then told her to clean up her vomit. She was so traumatized when she called me that she didn't even know where she was. I'm not comparing her experience to the murder in Missouri, but she will never trust the police again. Nor will I. It was a despicable act of cruelty.

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  • truth'nAugust 31, 2014 - 12:38 am

    I was pulled over once, issued a ticket, paid the fine and never felt the need to whine to my mommy. You failed to raise your daughter; she can speed but to get caught makes her cry like a baby. Shame on you. Help her grow up and accept responsibility for her actions. Kudos to the police for helping keep our streets safe.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 31, 2014 - 6:00 am

    Not sure how you arrived at a "cold-blooded killing" in Ferguson? Your daughter was cited in Fairfield? Wow. Call a wah-mbulance!

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  • Larry WAugust 31, 2014 - 8:02 am

    Ellen. Tell your daughter to grow up and get a spine. Maybe the officer saw that she was behaving in an inappropriate way and believed that she was on drugs or transporting them. I once got pulled over for speeding when I was 20. I was asked if I had been drinking . I said no, but I would be happy to walk a straight line. He said no, it would not be necessary. The point is that we should all behave in a calm respectful manner to the police. It makes no sense to escalate a situation when the other person caries a gun. Any disputes can be handled in court.

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  • Larry WAugust 31, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Minnie. Not sure where to start with your letter but here goes. Slavery is so wrong that there is no defense of it so I won't go into that. But the freedom of many was purchased by the blood of many northern soldiers. If you want to hold our society guilty for sins of the past than I can hold you guilty for all the crimes done by African Americans. The point is where does this thought process stop? You don't have to worry about the good old boys harming you as much as the criminals in your own community. So, maybe work a little harder on that.

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  • General Fadi BasemAugust 31, 2014 - 7:22 am

    The Minnie letter is dated August 31 2014 and the Dr Ellen Cohen reply is dated August 23. How did the response predate the letter? Or is the letter just getting more pagetime, kind of like the replay of a baseball game on a sports channel? And this Dr Cohen: Is this the same Dr Ellen Cohen PhD who practices marriage and family therapy in Davis? So just maybe the good doctor could take on her daughter as a client. Sounds like the daughter needs the help.

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  • LarryAugust 31, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Thank you Dr. Cohen for your comment. Sorry to say that we have other commenters who will always dispute your comment until it happens to them or a family/close friend. I will say that there is a lot of good cops out there but in every job there is always some bad ones.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 31, 2014 - 8:00 am

    Larry, which part of her letter are you referring to? Unless she has evidence nobody else has seen of knows of, she is out of line on the Ferguson claim, so let's go to the "event" here. Ever stop to think the officer was provoked? I'm sure Dr. Cohen's daughter is the sweetest-nicest thing, but sometimes people react badly and find themselves in a bad spot. Just say'n.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 31, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Minnie... 40-acres called. They want their jacka$$ back. Have a safe trip!

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  • JagAugust 31, 2014 - 1:59 pm


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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_StatesAugust 31, 2014 - 8:04 am

    "What we do not need is trigger-happy police officers who kill a black person two times a week in the United States. " Well there she goes again. And I am not disputing her statistics, since I haven't any idea, but may sound correct, since this is a very large country. But Ms. Noble, I think you ought to look at the statistics of Black ON Black crime first, since many many more black folk, youth are killed every dang day in this country, state, even your own city of Fairfield, way more!!!!! Not saying that some police across the nation aren't over reaching, but the following in (Name) are real statistics, and not from a so called RACIST site. I think that Ms. Noble should be MORE CONCERNED about those STATS. And as far as that incident in the Mall, don't know, yes they had a receipt, but for EVERYTHING in their bag???? If so, then those youths should have been apologized to, IMO. I want my 1/3 of an acre, and my lawn tractor, with a built in beer cup holder. OH and one more observation, Ms. Noble was going to the Mall to write her opinion??? Why, is she too afraid to own a PC, tablet, whatever in the, in Parkway Gardens, where she lives. Too bad if that is the case, because I surely would like to read her responses to her letters :-)

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  • DanielAugust 31, 2014 - 8:14 am

    In Minnie's delusional world 'the good old white boys" executed and Treyvon Martin and not a Neighborhood watch Hispanic whom was defending himself and the strong armed robber in the middle of the street, Brown was also murdered by "the good old boys" instead of a policeman trying to restrain and arrest him also in self defense. Both were executed by the "good old boys" simply because they were black. The communist Lenin once declared if you repeat a certain lie enough you can convince yourself that it's true no matter how irrational. Many blacks, encouraged by liberals politically pandering for political gain, do this and it's one of the great problems that's affecting America, the truth is a lie and the lie is the truth. Until real facts are once again acknowledged and accepted, this nation will continue to self-destruct.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 31, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Daniel, I highly recommend you go back over the last 10 years (yes I said 10 YEARS), and research the GOP rhetoric. You've just regurgitated the very lies you are speaking to. The facts and I mean the REAL truth is available on many sites around the internet. Do it, you really need the work and you'll be enlightened!

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  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/08/18/why-michael-browns-robbery-would-be-admissible-at-a-federal-criminal-trial/August 31, 2014 - 8:35 am

    Don't really know if Michael Brown's shooting by that, "Good Ole Boy," cop was really justified or not, since I was not there, and there are plenty of contradictory claims, but for sure he was not some innocent little 18 yr. old teen. Sounds to me like he was a PUNK, who may or may not have broken the law before and probably would have again, maybe next time doing bodily harm to that store clerk. Let see, bodily harm to a merchant, clerk, a Police officer, doing his job, if just asking the punk to get out of the street & back onto the sidewalk, then being accosted by said NICE TEEN, YEAH RIGHT, or bodily harm to the 18 yr. old with questionable character????? Come on Ms. Noble, get a PC at home and respond to the responses on your distorted view of the country!!!!!! From the site (IN NAME), " A person who commits a robbery and then leaves the store — after shoving the proprietor — would quite likely expect that a 911 call went out to the police and that the police would be looking for him. Then, when approached by the police, it would be quite likely for that robber to be concerned that the police would be likely to arrest him. All of that would quite clearly go to “motive” and “intent” and the like under Rule 404(b) and would therefore quite likely be relevant and admissible under Rule 404(b)." And not a racist site, but the WASHINGTON POST (Not from the "GOOD OLE BOYS")

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  • DanielAugust 31, 2014 - 9:13 am

    CD so you agree with your fellow lib Minnie that the "good old boys" executed Trayvon Martin simply because he was black and not some Neighborhood Watch Hispanic defending himself? By the way if you're referencing your "lie" as the evil "Hitler", destabilizing, Saddam , never having WMDs, ever, while shooting at our planes and participating in the greatest financial scandal in history, stealing his countries money in " the oil for food" scandal and not finding the diverted WMDs because if warnings to hide them, as your "big lie" and reason not to free Iraq and protect the Middle East, you're as irrational and political as your fellow lib and Demo, Minnie.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 31, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Daniel that total rambling mess confirms you're incapable and inept. Delusional doesn’t even begin to describe your comments here…wow.

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  • Quackers the DuckAugust 31, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    CD that total rambling mess of name calling confirms you're incapable and inept. Delusional doesn’t even begin to describe your comments here, seeing your name in this comments section must be OCD to you.... that comment added nothing factual or thought provoking to the converstion…wow.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 31, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Quackers the DuckAugust , welcome to my home page. Take your alias and find a worthwhile effort.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRGd0gD0QNEAugust 31, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Quaker the Duck..... Why can't we be Friends?

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  • I Love, Tom T Hall, Little baby duck songAugust 31, 2014 - 8:45 pm


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  • Salty DogAugust 31, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Quacker the duck. You just witnessed CD Brooks once again rambling on and typing nothing but nonsense like he always does.

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  • CD BrooksAugust 31, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Salty Dog, as usual you are misinformed and incorrect. You and Daniel MUST be dating. Hilarious, me speaking nonsense! Right.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLekZLwpd6kAugust 31, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    Pittsburgh Cultural Trust - Pittsburgh International Festival of the Firsts, Duck Movie.......... What Pittsburghers consider Culture?

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  • 2realAugust 31, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Well, michael brown strong arm robbed a store clerk minutes prior to being killed. So theres no justice for the clerk if u ask me. He made his bed now he can lay in it.

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-RAyIJ0tNo&list=PLCED9C361662866BD&index=2August 31, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    Know your enemy part 2

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  • General Fadi BasemAugust 31, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    "The woman pulled on the bags they had, the boy asking her to let go of his bag. She kept pulling, insisting that the boys come back into the store. They did with receipt in hand. I followed. She accused the boys of stealing despite the receipt. She did not apologize." So did the alleged receipt account for all of the items that were in the bags? Did the alleged reciept account for all of the items in the pants pockets, the items secreted below the pants, the items under the shirts? Did the receipts account for all of the items or did the boy and his pals pay for one item and steal others? Your investigation is incomplete again Minnie. Perhaps it was your tears that obscured your vision of the events. The events that allegedly occurred--because I really doubt you saw any of what you write about. Isn't your maiden name "Troll"? Anyway, its time you went back to the Police Academy and got that degree this time. You can do it!!

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  • General Fadi BasemAugust 31, 2014 - 4:57 pm

    Oh Minnie one more thing--with interest rates at an all-time low, shouldn't you be considering a loan on that promise of a mule and forty acres? An M40 Loan is just what the General has ordered for you. You expect a mule and 40 acres and General Fadi Basem Funding Corporation is willing to help. We will provide a pre-mule-and fourty-acres loan at the drop of a pitchfork. Just contact us at 1-800-MaddCow that's 1-800-MaddCow. Do it today!!

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  • joey schmoAugust 31, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    The DR only prints her letters to the editor because they are so off base that it gets page hits which in turn raisesising rates. While some people may think that the DR is supporting Minnie Mouse's points of view, I tend to think that they are making fun of her and by way of proxy, black America everytime they print her letters. What would really impress me is if she came up with a stat on how many murders black males are committing against the OTHER races in a week. My bet goes to its a lot more than the two a week the police are killing(which are realistically criminals). So, please do not cry racism when in fact, your people kill more people than any other of the races COMBINED!

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  • The SugarJarAugust 31, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    The comments to Ms. Noble's letters seem to confirm her view. From the comments that insist their experience is valid, therefore hers is not, to those "whitesplaining" away the different experience POC may have with the police than do white folk. Really, black on black crime does not erase or excuse the POC experience being often different from white folks.

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