“The policeman is your friend.” My mother told me this when I was very young.

I was also told that Iowa was a good state in which to live. Let’s hope we Iowans can respect and support our police for the service they perform, the sacrifice they endure, and the protection they provide.

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Law and order are as essential to our lives as food, shelter and the air we breathe. Discharge a bad cop, of course. But, above all, let us appreciate the police and law enforcement system.