Blue Lights Matter

Alert — and involved — “06880” reader Kendall Gardiner writes:

With police officers being hunted down and killed across the country, perhaps here in Westport we can take simple steps to show support for our officers and their brothers in uniform.

Every shop downtown can place a blue light in their window to show support.

Residents can do this as well in their homes by placing a blue light in a window, street side if possible. (I have an electric light-sensitive candle in my window fromAmazon, with a blue bulb from Stop& Shop.)

Sure, it’s a small gesture — but an important one of visible support everyone can see.

I hope other people in 06880 like this idea.

Westport Police

12 responses to “Blue Lights Matter

  1. Karen Bulakites Gibbens

    I have a Blue light a red Light and Green Light in our front window, Blue for PD Red for the Fire Dept and Green for EMS, I have them in our window year round.

  2. I am a westport, class of 2004. I support #BlueLivesMatter. Yesterday, my company sent pizza to the entire Dallas Police Dept. http://imgur.com/gallery/Jz4Cjoy/new

  3. Jonathan Greenwald

    Dan, Have you already done a piece on my colleague Ken Lippman’s garden, which surrounds his medical office on South Sylvan? Today i took the time to appreciate it. My visit was a half hour, but even for me – a garden ignoramus -it deserves more time.

    SO, my guess is you already wrote something about it, but if I am wrong, please visit it. It is very Woog-worthy.

    thanks, Jonny

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  4. Lynne Betts Baker

    I have recently heard of another way to show our support. It’s called the Thin Blue Line. It represents that line of police that protect the law abiding citizens from the criminal element. Out here in the suburbs we are putting a thin blue line across our rear car windows. I have used painters tape. Mines been up for a while. Replacement is clean and easy. Officers see it and wave. They truly sppreciate it. Try it. Show your support.

  5. I think it’s a nice gesture, but to avoid excessive emotionalism on both sides: police are NOT being “hunted down across the country,” nor does rational evidence show that young black males are being “hunted down” by police.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/upshot/surprising-new-evidence-shows-bias-in-police-use-of-force-but-not-in-shootings.html.

    Yes we do have a problem with extremist nuts (and ordinary vicious criminals) killing police, and with police killing unarmed civilians, and I believe both of these horrors will be reduced…by rational means, not emotional hyperbole.

    • Nancy Hunter

      You forgot to mention the problem of free-flowing guns, the mechanisms that allow people to kill one another. Hardly rational.

  6. Chip Stephens - Staples 73

    So Damn Sad Dumb comments about gardens, rhetoric about guns, and denial about the fact that numerous police, peace officers who defend your ass, have been gunned down by sick or terrorist or just plain crazy people.
    Support those who defend you, understand they are people who put their lives on the line every day by putting on their blues today, In NY, in Dallas, in Baton Rouge and YES HERE IN WESTPORT. Make your stance in print, with protest signs on the bridge, in your social media later. But for the love of those who sacrifice for your safety support them TODAY do not make light of it. Our Police deserve no less.

    • Agree with Chip 100 percent. Love our men and woman in blue. I would also say all lives matter but know that offends many PC followers as well……..

  7. Sir, everyone has his or her right to an opinion around here without being called “Damn Sad Dumb” by another commenter.

  8. Being a cop is a tough job. I remember my cousin (who is now retired) a Fairfield officer telling me that nobody “really” likes the police. I told him I think the police do a great job keeping citizens safe. He said “think about it, when you really need a cop they aren’t there instantly and when you don’t need a cop (like when you are speeding and get pulled over) there they are”. The police have a tough job. Tonight while I am sleeping I know that there is a cop working in my neighborhood to keep my family safe.

  9. Coincidentally, retired NYPD Detective (and growing literary light), Edward Conlon wrote a lovely piece about this topic, posted as a NYT Op-Ed just a few hours ago. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/opinion/why-there-is-no-war-on-the-police.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region