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LETTERS: Nunavut August 25, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Does Iqaluit need camo-clad peace officers in counter-insurgency gear?

"There’s a time and place — and age — for playing cowboy"

NUNATSIAQ NEWS

I spent a summer on a ranch in High River, Alta. riding fence and branding and castrating yearling steers when I was 16, and made the embarrassing mistake of trying to mimic my cowboy heroes by keeping my chaps on when we drove the pickup downtown for hamburgers.

The cowboys said “Um… we don’t wear chaps when we drive into town for hamburgers” and laughed at me for being a moronic “tenderfoot.”

I’m reminded of this lesson when I see peace officers lining up for their mail at the Iqaluit post office in “full camo” stealth outfits and belts bristling with counter-insurgency gear.

I mean, are we under attack from hordes of Russian paratroopers or radical Islamist guerrilla fighters in Iqaluit? Is there a threat of violent civil unrest and cataclysmic rioting in our streets?

If we are, we should be informed so we can stock up on water and flashlight batteries.

And have these camouflage uniforms been tested for stealth efficiency on Arctic terrain? They look far more suitable for Syrian desert conditions.

Train for crises by all means, but there’s a time and place — and age — for playing cowboy.
(Name withheld by request)
Iqaluit



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