An Open Letter to My Brother Officers

Law Enforcement Oath of Honor On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve. Brothers, This is the oath we all took the day we were sworn in and issued our badge. It’s a simple promise, given with a raised hand while our loved-one’s looked on weepy-eyed with pride and no small amount of worry. That was a solemn day, and uttering the words made it honorable and worthy of all the sacrifices we knew would come. We were knights on a mission to protect and serve, the badge our shield, the pist

Be Like Winston

This is a short note I sent home to my middle school students this Friday. I've adopted the routine of posting an assignment for them on Monday and a friendly "thinking about you" note on Fridays. The quarantine is no fun, but we can all take a lesson from Winston and live in a manner that we can look back on proudly. I wish the kids courage in the following, and I wish the same for each of you I hope you're all well and that things in your home are smooth (if not a touch boring). Given that it's Friday, I thought I'd take a moment and ask you to look ahead in your lives twenty to thirty years. I know that's tough at this point in life, but give it a try. Looking ahead, think about the stori