Some of the comments below the letters are interesting. I love the opportunity to discuss libertarian ideas with everyone.
One person asked me several questions. Here they are, with my responses:
"Why do we have laws, if they are not enforced?"
We, as a society, have to make choices. Ideally, we would enforce every law on the books to the letter and every law would be just. We don't live in an ideal world. The Denver Police had to make a choice about how to handle a warrant. In my opinion, they chose poorly and wasted our tax money on a relatively unimportant issue. I sincerely hope they have better things to do with their limited resources and money.
"Does Mr. Baca deserve special treatment when he breaks our laws? If so, why?"
He deserves no special treatment. In my opinion, the Denver Police could have and should have handled this situation differently, no matter who the person sought was.
"Does Mr. Baca need to turn his life around, and become more of an adult (i.e. accept responsibility)?"
Absolutely. Mr. Baca, whatever he choses to do with his life, is not using my tax dollars. The Denver Police are. To me, that is a HUGE and important distinction.
"Why did the Denver Post waste time and money printing his column?"
I can not answer that. But the Post is a private company spending private money and using private resources. How they utilize their resources is none of my concern. I can voluntarily read their paper or not.
The Denver Police, however, give me no such option. I have no choice but to pay for their services, and I very much appreciate the hard work and great service they generally provide. However, when they waste public money and public resources, it is our duty to call them out on it. That's what I have attempted to do.