Wednesday, October 03, 2007

RIP Harry Lee (1932-2007)

Our country lost one of its better sheriffs this week, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana's Harry Lee.

He was controversial, made comments that were often seen as at least politically incorrect, if not racist, by the national media and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Yet, he enjoyed tremendous popular support and was easily re-elected, having served as sheriff since 1980.

The Times-Picayune honored him with a front page obituary:
http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/library-133/119130738645710.xml&coll=1

I preferred the following tribute by someone who didn't agree with Lee's actions:
http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/News/1191392559129840.xml&coll=1

Personally, I think we need more sheriffs like Harry Lee. His swagger wasn't an act. I believe he wanted to protect all his citizens, regardless of color.

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