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Lane seeks commission seat

August 10, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

Alfred Lane isn't running for Washington County Commissioner on his experience in politics and government.

"I'm not much of a politician," said Lane, a Republican, who is seeking public office for the first time.

Lane said that although he thinks jobs are important, the county shouldn't spend time and money to bring just any employer into the county. He said they should focus on those paying reasonable wages.

"Prosperity is when people have money," he said.

Unless an employer pays at least $12 an hour, the county should give them no special encouragement to come into the area, Lane said.

It isn't good economics for the county to attract low-paying employers by giving them tax breaks, he said. Taxpayers then pick up the bills for underpaid employees who work but must rely on government medical services or food stamps.

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"We give them millions of dollars, and then they hire our local people at substandard wages," he said.

Lane said he was disturbed by the county's attempt to decertify the county employees union last year.

Lane said he believes that not enough politicians and voters take responsibility. He recalled a teacher he had in eighth grade who insisted on pinpointing a name for a person.

"If you were describing senators or congressmen who supported a law, you couldn't say 'they,' you had to use their name," he said.

He said he would like to attract young people to government service. A radio show would be part of Lane's goal of making local politics as popular as baseball among young people, he said.

Lane said that as a supporter of computer literacy, he would make basic computer training available at sites throughout the county. He'd also provide terminals for public use at nursing homes, public housing, and fire and rescue buildings, he said.

Senior citizens would get the greatest benefit from his computer program, he said. Learning to use computers gives seniors access to legal and medical information quickly and at a low cost, Lane said.

The lifelong Hagerstown resident left Hagerstown High School after completing the 10th grade to enter the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Marines from 1954 to 1957.

He worked at Charlton Brothers trucking for 10 years, and was a member of Teamsters Local 992.

Lane, 62, lives at 112 Fairground Ave. in Hagerstown.

Twenty-nine candidates have filed to fun for the five-member board, including 14 Democrats, 14 Republicans and one Independent.

The job pays $20,000 a year.

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