I like to read the editorials in the newspaper and, for the most part, they represent facts and truth. Some exceptions occur.

I read the letter Harry Coles wrote about St. Matthews and, in particular, the police department (T&D, Nov. 20).

Now I don’t know the color of the police officer, but I would bet money he is probably white. I am relatively certain that if Coles is from the St. Matthews area, he should know what the speed limits are.

I have had the pleasure of visiting the St. Matthews area on numerous occasions and I have never been stopped for anything. I guess the reason I was not stopped is because I am white.

It looks like in the times we are living in today, when we get stopped by an officer, we have two choices. Either try to outrun the police or jump out of the vehicle and run. Either choice is a bad one.

If you do not like the speed limits, then to go the Statehouse and get them changed. I have never known a police officer who had the authority to change the speed limits.

I also don’t understand why Coles had to inject race into the article. I don’t know how old his granddaughter is, but it seems to me that he is setting a bad example for her.

Then Coles had to go off the deep end and suggest that this could be another Sandra Bland case. I believe she also resisted arrest at the time, but Coles did not mention that.

Coles also stated that now he understands why so many blacks don’t trust law enforcement. Does he understand that a lot of officers may not trust blacks either.

Just a suggestion: I am white and retired with nothing to do. So if Coles would like, I will chauffer him around the City of St. Matthews at no charge.

Remember, Mr. Coles, racism works both ways.

Walter Bates, Norway


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