When Clinton hit town in 1996 to raise money, I didn't expect his party to pay police overtime, and they of course refused.

With Obama coming this year, didn't our leaders (Gordon Joseloff, police chief Dale Call) expect the same refusal again? Of course they did. Why, then, didn't they play hardball?

Why not let just anyone cruise or walk Beachside Avenue or Sherwood Island, and leave all the traffic control to a frantic Secret Service? Sounds like a plan to me.

David Royce