Contrary to Joanne Slotnik’s opinion, expressed in the July 16 Public Forum, when I see the presence of many armed and uniformed police at a demonstration I feel more secure. I am thankful for the service and dedication of our law enforcement officers.

The presence of many or a few police officers at a demonstration or having coffee at Starbucks makes me feel safer. It does not “chill,” but encourages my right to free expression.

Again, thank you to all our law enforcement officers.

Jim Fowler, Park City