Letters to the editor 5/5

May 05, 2003

Deputy Johnson good cop, good man

To the editor:

Recently, I read about an arrest made by two Berkeley County, W.Va., deputy sheriffs. I was extremely pleased to read that one of the officers involved in the arrest was Deputy William Johnson.

Some years ago, Deputy Johnson responded to a car accident which I was involved in that had the potential to turn very ugly. Deputy Johnson quickly arrived at the scene and immediately took control of the situation. He handled the entire matter calmly, politely and with the utmost professionalism and integrity. And later in court, though we were on opposite sides, he was forthcoming and told the truth on my behalf.

At that time in my younger life, I thought all police officers were revenue-collecting, ticket-writing worthless scum. Deputy Johnson treated me with respect and decency throughout my whole matter and completely changed the way I view and think of the men and women who serve and protect our community today.


When I later heard that he was dismissed from duty over the ridiculous incident with the "ball cap," I was deeply saddened and extremely angered. I wish I had spoken out on his behalf then.

I believe Deputy William Johnson is a man of honesty, integrity and an overall "outstanding" individual. I believe he is a true asset to our community. I, for one, am very happy to know that he is once again back on the job serving the people of Berkeley County. Berkeley, along with the rest of the counties in West Virginia, could use more outstanding law enforcement personnel like Deputy Sheriff William Johnson.

Joseph Mark Cyhanick
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Where were you?

To the editor:

Shame, shame, shame on all of you who can't find the time to pay tribute to and support our fighting troops who even as you read this are putting their lives on the line in your behalf to protect you . Be you for or against the war in Iraq, as an American, you must still show your patriotic spirit toward our military men and women.

Without apology I submit that you have failed in your duty. If I cause you to feel some shame, that is my purpose and I hope it hurts.

On Thursday, April 17, the Washington County government held a rally in support of our troops, not the war. Only about 50 persons attended.

On Saturday April, 19, a rally to support the troops, not the war, was held at the Clarion Inn sponsored by the Amvets. Only about 150 persons attended this gathering, which was well advertised beforehand.

While these rallies, which lasted about a hour, were going on and our troops were standing in harm's way between you and a country full of madmen, what was your unpatriotic self doing ? Did you enjoy the ball game,? Did you get the car clean? Did you feel better after your nap? Was the movie good? Does the lawn look nice? Did you win anything at the club? Did you break par on the links ?

I know that all these things and many other activities are important to you. But could you not spare one hour out of your busy schedule to pay tribute to our young people who are willing to die for us today so that we will be able to do all these things tomorrow?

My opinion is that you don't care. We all know how tragic Sept. 11, 2001 was, but on Sept. 10 did you think it could or would happen? I didn't. If or when the next attack comes, ground zero will be everywhere and the horror will be far worse than Sept. 11. If you think that another attack on our soil can't happen, I suggest that you take your head out of the sand and face reality.

If it happens the first thing you will do is yell, scream, beg and cry for our troops and veterans to come protect you, the same troops and vets. You who were to lazy to sacrifice one hour of you precious life to honor. I sincerely hope that they will be able to come to our rescue without question and once more be willing to lay their lives on the line for us - even all of you who refuse to support them.

Personally, I don't feel that some of you deserve their protection.

Ronald F. Hovis

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