These savings aren’t good news
What a heartening headline to wake up to in the Journal Times: “$1 million in savings” (Dec. 9).
Good news in hard times. But reading the news article about the “savings” in the Sheriff’s Office gave lie to the headline’s claim.
Cutting the pay in half for jail guards has ramifications that pose negative consequences on economic and moral grounds.
From an economic view, Sheriff Schmaling has gutted the spending power of our county’s economic middle class by $1 million. That means less demand for goods, resulting in lower employment rates in manufacturing and retail.
From a moral point of view, our young sheriff and his recent predecessors ought to be ashamed of themselves.
The modest diminution of duties and responsibilities of “nonsworn” sergeants in no way compensates for such a drastic cut in pay. We owe more than that to anyone who puts on an officer’s uniform.
If Sheriff Schmaling is serious about saving money, he should publicly support rehabilitation programs instead of jail for minor drug and alcohol law violations.
If he is looking for facilities for such programs, I recommend remodeling and using some of the vacant space in that monstrous jail facility that is still costing us millions of dollars.
The Rev. Glen A. Halbe
Thanks to veterans
I would like to commend and thank Educators Credit Union, Racine Harley-Davidson and McDonald’s on Highway 20 for flying their flags at half-staff on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec 7. Many other businesses with flags did not.
I had to stop and think about why they were and, when I realized what day it was, it made me pause to give thanks to our veterans then, and all military people now and through history for fighting for our freedom.
We need to always remember and give thanks.
Thank you for printing Gregory Clay’s commentary on guns in America (Journal Times, Dec. 12).
It has long been known that if a gun is in a house, it is much more likely to be used to shoot someone who lives there than an intruder. In gun-crazy America, that has never mattered.
Guns are fun. Until someone is shot.
Frank N. Egerton