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Letters to the Editor

September 17, 2010

Inmates raise more than $1,000 for CMM



To the editor:

On Sept. 11 at Roxbury Correctional Institution, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Community Mediation of Maryland (CMM).

Inmate bands played expertly as men walked around the track for the mediation that is so greatly needed in our world, communities and indeed at our prisons.

Violence seems to grow exponentially each year, but our warden, Gregg Hershberger, and his hardworking staff have made major inroads in curbing the mayhem usually found in prisons. Although violence at Roxbury is down, the Life for Lifers group wants even more peace and sponsored this event.

Kudos go out to the warden and staff at Roxbury, as well as CMM. Such positive work should be supported by the community so that it grows. Prison violence costs the taxpayer and makes for an unsafe workplace for correctional officers. In all, inmates donated more than $1,000 to CMM.

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We thank the warden, assistant warden, V.A.C. and Community Mediation of Maryland for coming together to make this event such a success.

Rocky Hines
Inmate No. 176-059
Roxbury Correctional Institution




Stealing political signs is affront to democracy



To the editor:

Our right of freedom of speech is under attack. In the past week, political yard signs, posted on private property, have been stolen.

Local citizens have the right to express their candidate preferences on their own property. Stealing or damaging yard signs on someone's property is theft and is a willful and malicious act.

I call upon my opponent, and all other candidates, to join me in publicly denouncing political vandalism. A fundamental part of our democratic process is offering voters real choices between credible and viable candidates for every elective office. Yard signs are one way to inform the constituency which choices exist, as well as to allow each individual to actively convey whom they support.

Removing or damaging yard signs is a wanton act of suppressing open dialogue and should be viewed by all as an affront to our democratic principles.

Derek J. Lambert
Ranson, W.Va.

Editor's note: Derek J. Lambert is a candidate for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission.




Kump will fight for fairness and equality



To the editor:

I have known Larry Kump for close to 30 years and have never known him to be anything but upright, honest, full of integrity, loyal, moral and compassionate.

Even in times of trial on a personal front, he never complained or felt sorry for himself. Instead, he went out of his way to make sure the needs and feelings of others were taken care of. Spend an hour with him and you will walk away feeling like you have known him your entire life. His dedication to his profession and his fellow co-workers and friends are the qualities I look for in a leader.

Larry is now a candidate for election to the West Virginia House of Delegates. You can rest assured that, if elected, he will not bow down to outside pressure when he believes in something. He will fight to the finish to ensure fairness and equity for everyone is accomplished.

Russell Hess
Warrenville, S.C.

Editor's note: Russell Hess is a retired correctional officer from Roxbury Correctional Institution.

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