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Letters to the editor – Sunday (6-14-09)

Hold on, sheriff, on that comp time
Hold on there, sheriff, let’s take a little deeper look at what you’ve requested. According to this paper, for 11 years you’ve had unlimited sick and vacation, and now you want to be compensated, as are your deputies.
That sounds noble, indeed, except for a couple of questions. When taking sick/vacation-time during the last 11 years (I feel certain you took at least some time off), were you still receiving your full salary ($103k, as of now)? If so, I believe a reimbursement to the county would be in order for the appropriate amount of compensation you received for those days before granting you retroactive compensation.
If granted sick/vacation time now, will you maintain a time sheet as your deputies are required to do? Seems only fair since you use your deputies as a benchmark.
If the job didn’t include sick/vacation time the same as your deputies, why did you stand for election three times and just now bring this egregious situation to light? One can only guess if you really made comments concerning free health care after retirement.
We’ll have to leave it to the county manager to work out your request, but I think it would look really suspect were you to be granted 11 years “retroactive” leave at a time county employees are being given pink slips in record numbers. Were the manager to grant the sheriff sick and vacation time beginning with the start of the next sheriff’s term, that would be another issue altogether.
Not taking issue with you personally, sheriff, but 11 years retroactive sick and vacation time represents a chunk of change at a time the county is stretched about as thin as it can get. Compensation for the job you were elected to is what it is.
ó James Grizzard
Salisbury
Murder is murder
The recent death of George Tiller was an act of deliberate violence. The man who killed him chose to take the law into his own hands, and now must face the consequences of his actions. Ironically, Tiller also chose to kill, responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of babies who were viable to live outside the womb.
Liberal media, abortion activists, and “progressive” officials defend his actions. The Salisbury Post recently jumped on the bandwagon, printing the article (June 9) “Nothing moral in murder,” calling Tiller “brave” for his attrocities. Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was not defended by the media, nor his actions condoned. Nor was John Wayne Gacy.
Their brutal and unthinkable acts were reported in all their gory detail. Not so for George Tiller, possibly because they consider his horrific acts a right. It is called partial-birth abortion, performed on babies who can live outside the womb. The abortionist induces a woman to dilate. He repositions the baby to come out feet first, all but the head. With a sharp instrument the baby is stabbed at the base of the skull, into the brain. A suction device is inserted and the brains are sucked out. This is nothing more than a brutal, callous and systematic way to murder unwanted children. Murder is not a right, it is a crime, and should be treated as such, no matter who commits it.
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore, choose life, so that both you and your seed may live ó Deuteronomy 30:19.
ó Frank Carpenter
Landis

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