A FEEL-GOOD PROJECT — The women on Adams Avenue are not good-looking. They are drug users who cover up their arms to hide the drug tracks. They are $10 hookers who walk the streets to feed their drug habits.
If you put some clean, healthy, good-looking woman on the streets, some men who would not normally stop will stop. For that reason the sting operation probably didn't remove one man who regularly solicits sex from the Adams Avenue women.
"Operation Street Sweeper" was a "feel good" sting, more likely to make the interdiction team feel good than to remove a single drug pusher off the streets or discourage men from approaching hookers for sex.
If they really want to discourage men from soliciting Adams Avenue women for sex, leave the ugly, worn-out hookers alone. Healthy, well-groomed police women will just excite the guys cruising Adams. It's like entrapment. — Cruiser, Calexico
You could be right. The cops arrested four guys trying to pick up the lady cops. On the other hand, the next time a man sees a good-looking woman standing on an Adams Avenue corner, he may think twice before he makes his move.
BIG MEAN DOGS — In light of the recent dog-mauling case and subsequent conviction of the dog owners, wouldn't you think that a certain El Centro policeman would take heed and remove his three Rottweilers from his front yard? The dogs terrorize passersby. The dogs are restrained only by a 4-foot fence they could easily scale. One dog could do irreparable harm. If all three got out and joined in the attack, the consequences would be unthinkable. Walk by the 400 block of Lenrey and check this out. — Lenrey Walker, El Centro
We think it's increasingly risky to keep vicious dogs in urban areas where they might attack others — and more risky to keep a dog with a reputation for violence.
Rottweilers are second only to pit bulls for having fatally mauled humans. The breed presa canario was not on the list of killer dogs. It was a pair of presa canarios that ripped Diane Whipple to shreds in San Francisco.