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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 21

February 21, 2013

Co. 12 officers should resign for good of community

To the editor:

The Fairplay Fire Co. would be back serving the community if the officers at the top would have stepped down or resigned. What do they have to gain?

The downfall of Co. 12 is a direct result of this administration supporting the president’s actions. He has taken the power of the membership away and has complete control of the members, and he moves or suspends firefighters to keep control of elections. Those suspended were not given due process or appeals as stated in bylaws.

Anyone who has been in office for 20 years should step down and let people with new ideas right the ship. The president and chief said they did not know how bad the response rate was when told in August. I find that ludicrous. The outdated air bottle testing and outdated meds are a true test of how far out of touch the chief was with firefighters and EMS personnel. The County Commissioners did take the correct action in upholding the suspension.

The company president was handed 78 applications for membership in January and the company has failed to act on them. That proves where their interest lies, certainly not with the community. The assets of Co. 12 do not belong to the officers; they belong to the company to use in serving the community of Fairplay. 

A big thanks to the County Commissioners; the task force; Boonsboro, Funkstown, Sharpsburg and Williamsport Fire and EMS; Mr. (Kevin) Lewis; and Mr. (Charlie) Summers for a job well done.

Kevin Clipp
Fairplay


It’s time for a serious ‘adult conversation’ about guns

To the editor:

There was a town hall meeting in Newtown, Conn., on the topic of guns. A gun advocate stood up and said that if there were more trained people with their own guns, the recent incident would not have happened. This is a myth that needs to go away.

In November 2009, at Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the world, an officer killed 13 people and wounded 29 more. In a controlled installation with an abundance of guns and trained people, this shooter was stopped by a female officer of The Department of the Army Civilian Police. More trained people with more guns is an irrational response to an indefensible position.

The people who commit these mass shootings are not stupid. A trained armed guard at a school might just as well have a bull’s-eye on his back. The first thing a shooter would do, from a couple of hundred yards away, is eliminate the armed guard. An armed guard is helpless against a sneak attack by a determined shooter with an AR-15. The idea that even trained teachers and educators will somehow form a picket line against a sneak attack is nonsense; they have been trained to protect the children in their charge.

It is time for an adult conversation on the issue, not ridiculous fantasies defending an irrational argument.

Bob Ayrer
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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