May 20, 2013 — I spoke to the Creston Neighborhood Association last week and inquired about the helicopter patrols. The man I spoke to said that it's his understanding that the patrols in Grand Rapids are due to an over-funding of the programs and that they chose our city due to the spike in murders and other acts of violence. However, wherether it be over-funding, spike in crime or "Big Brother", this is an unnecessary program. Take those funds and help the poor. Use the money to get more police active on the streets. We do not need to be programmed to think that being watched and surveyed is the new normal.