Note July 11, 2007 

Just a few pages back, in our Mail section, you'll read the latest barrage of comments regarding City Councilor Alan Shealy's statements to BW in a recent News section (BW, News, "War of Words, June 27, 2007).

Call it the gift that keeps on giving, that you wished you hadn't given. Shealy has since made public apologies on several TV news broadcasts and in the pages of the Idaho Statesman. Yes, he clearly said, on the record, that Boise Police Department union leaders were going overboard with their criticisms of the mayor and City Council, and went on to say that union leaders were on "dope and dog food" if they thought such tactics were going to help the contract negotiations between the city and the union.

Of course, he was referring to the leadership, not the rank and file. That much is clear.

As for Councilor Shealy, he's always been known to have a way with words. Sometimes that can get away from you. Or, if you drop a bomb on a slow news cycle during a contentious negotiation period, then yeah, you might expect some reaction.

Still, we haven't heard many rank and file cops rebutting the union leaders. If I'm wrong, and they think the union tactics are not helping matters, then I'd love to hear it.

—Shea Andersen

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