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Letters to the Editor 4/20

April 20, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/20



Thanks, Mayor



To the editor:

I would like to thank Mayor RobertBruchey for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us at South High. Mayor Bruchey presented a letter of appreciation for our efforts to register eligible voters.

It was great to hear him read the letter over the intercom system and acknowledge us for taking a proactive part in a process that preserves our democracy.

He also thanked the election board staff who worked with us.

Mayor Bruchey pointed out that at times we are not given the credit we deserve in our efforts to become productive citizens in our communities. He recognized that we are the future and role models for this generation.

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Thank you Mayor Bruchey. We appreciate being recognized.

Tiffany Barnes

Hagerstown




Patrol officers proportionately below jail guards in salary



To the editor:

After reading the recent letter to the editor titled "Paper biased toward sheriff road patrol" I feel compelled to show another opinion concerning this matter. I feel Scott Butki's article, concerning the recent meeting was fair and accurate.

Prior to this meeting, I was under the opinion that all divisions of the sheriff's Office (detention, judicial, or patrol) would approach this meeting with a set of goals in hopes to improve the salaries within each profession, law enforcement and corrections. This would not be the forum for comparisons and finger-pointing as to "who has what."

As to "the extensive and informative presentation which took up approximately one-half of the total meeting", each presenter agreed to keep the presentation at a maximum of 15 minutes. This time limit was initially set to accommodate the Washington County Commissioners' tight schedule, because they graciously agreed to speak with us on such short notice. In all fairness, the patrol and judicial divisions' presentations were cut short because of the extensive presentation given on behalf of the detention division.

Prior to July of last year, all Washington County uniformed deputies, be it law enforcement or corrections, made the same salary. With the growing demand of law enforcement due to more violent crimes, ever prevalent drug use and federal grants to place more police on the streets has required more publicity, promotion, and recruitment. However, to say law enforcement is "glamorous" and "Hollywood" is far from reality. I have never referred to this profession using such words. Unfortunately, the correctional field has not followed the same path. In all fairness, I can only imagine that the correctional profession is equally stressful and potentially dangerous.

The men and women of the patrol and judicial divisions simply want to be compared to those in the law-enforcement profession. Recently, it has been stated that Washington County is approximately 10 percent below the cost of living in Frederick County, Maryland. The patrol divisions proposal asks for salaries to be brought to the level of 90 percent. When compared to Frederick County law enforcement, the average Washington County patrol/judical deputy salary is 81.4 percent. The average Washington County detention deputy salary, when compared to the Frederick County Corrections, is 92.08 percent.

In closing Mr. Ellis, I do agree with you statement that so many families are dependent on these jobs. Whether it be families of the sheriff's office personnel, or the citizens of Washington County, the men and women of the Washington County sheriff's office are here to protect, regardless if it's in the detention center or in the community.

D. Henley

Williamsport




Easter should give you peace



To the editor:

As this holy time of the year, when he was risen from the dead, we must pause and be thankful for what he did for us.

How can we, is some small way, follow him, like footsteps in the sand?

You might ask what one person can do and how can it possibly matter. Each of us can make a difference when it comes from the heart, and not just quote from the scriptures. Anyone can do that.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon us and give us peace, both now and forever.

Peggy Reynolds

Hagerstown

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