Re "Davis acquires mine-resistant war vehicle while some complain of militarization of police" (Page A1, Aug. 21): It was tragic to read that the city of Davis has acquired a mine-resistant war vehicle. Davis continues to tell its residents that it does not have enough money and asks for tax increase after tax increase to maintain basic services. It is unbelievable to hear the city say that a vehicle that cost the U.S taxpayers $689,000 and must be maintained with staff trained in its usage is free.
This ignores all of the cost that the city must incur for upkeep, even if all it does is park it in a garage. As for the mayor saying that he can't imagine why the city needs a tank, one has to be reminded of Captain Renault in the movie "Casablanca" stating that he is shocked that there is gambling going on.
Davis is continuing its effort to be a Comedy Central all-star.
-- Stan Rosenstein, Davis