Hero & Zero: A compassionate cop & an incessant caller

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: Where’s a policewoman when you need one? We found Marin’s finest working her beat for the Central Marin Police Authority. Officer Cynthia Keast, while on a traffic stop, noticed that a toddler in the vehicle had outgrown his car seat. The mother explained that the family couldn’t afford to buy a new one for the little guy. We think it’s simply wrong that a family must choose between food and child safety in our affluent county, and apparently Officer Keast does, too. Going above and beyond the call of duty, this compassionate cop used her own money and time to purchase a proper car seat for the tyke. The grateful mom repaid the kindness by bringing a plant to the police station for our hero.

Zero: We didn’t want to call out Susan Kirsch, who by the time you read this has either won or lost her bid for a seat on the Marin County Board of Supervisors, before the election. But, as we write this on ballot day, we couldn’t be happier that she has no more reason to robocall Southern Marinites. When we contacted Kirsch to ask about the incessant dialing, she claimed that it was once weekly, though admitted there would be two calls that particular week. Ahem. Her machine phoned frequently enough that we know her number by heart. Over the five days we kept track, our caller ID logged four interruptions from Kirsch, which is more than the one ringy-dingy she promised. Pants on fire.

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