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EDITORIAL FROM THE RECORD | September 20, 2012
Death is as much a part of life as birth. It's been observed that the only thing you truly have to do is die. Still, when the end comes, it is a time of sadness and mourning for the deceased's family, friends and colleagues. When the end comes to people regarded as too young, the sadness and mourning are multiplied. Then there are tragic spells like the past several weeks where, in unconnected and unrelated cases, four public servants departed this plane of existence. Three police officers — two Harford County sheriff's deputies and an officer from the Aberdeen Police Department — died as a result of health issues or accidents.
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January 30, 2014
I went to The Mall in Columbia Monday. Normally, that would not be news, but going to the mall the first day it opened after the shooting on Saturday was important to me. It was important because I choose to not be afraid ("Howard leaders respond to mall shooting," Jan. 28). I choose to support my community. I choose to remember Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson, who were so brutally and needlessly murdered there on Saturday. I choose to support the mostly hourly workers who not only lost wages because of the shooting but most likely saved lives.
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December 3, 2013
Legendary Baltimore radio talk show host Ron Smith referred to our politicians as “public rulers.”  He refused to use their preferred term “public servants” because they rarely if ever act as servants, and if they did, it was most certainly not in the public's interests.  Smith was keenly aware that our politicians, national, state and local were a ruling class that invariably thinks they know better than the public they ostensibly serve....
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December 28, 2013
Consider these major local news stories of 2013: 1. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pledges new speed camera system. We learn that the citizens of Baltimore are the proud owners of a couple of million dollars of faulty speed camera hardware and can rest assured that our public servants will get them back in business, regaining the city's position as the largest harvester of taxpayers through photo enforcement in the country. 2. Gov. Martin O'Malley says major health exchange problems are fixed.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2011
A reader posed this question about the late William Donald Schaefer: How could a man who worked all his adult life in state and local government die rich? At the time of his death in April at age 89, the former Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor and comptroller had an estate worth nearly $2.5 million. Frankly, given Schaefer's long career and modest lifestyle, accumulating millions would be easy. Schaefer had a good salary, generous pensions and worked up until age 85 — a couple of decades longer than most people.
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By Connie Morella | October 8, 2013
While our nation enters week two of the government shutdown and Congress' approval rating reaches an anemic 10 percent, the lowest number in recent history, I grow more and more concerned about the future. We witness politicians on both sides of the aisle failing to reach compromise, let alone engage in productive and inclusive debate. I fear that our nation's future leaders will be alienated by what they see online and on cable news, hear on talk radio and read in their local newspapers.
NEWS
April 29, 1999
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce was scheduled to honor more than two dozen public servants and educators last night during its community awards event at Turf Valley Resort.The organization named Pfc. Gabriel Arias as Howard County Police Officer of the Year and Ed Curry as its Auxiliary Officer of the Year, two of nine police officers and 27 people recognized overall. David Williams is Sheriff's Department's Deputy of the Year, and the Maryland State Trooper of the Year is Tfc. Arthur Betts.
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By Bob Dart and Bob Dart,COX NEWS SERVICE | May 17, 1999
In the TV version of America, Newman of "Seinfeld" mostly doesn't deliver the mail. Marge Simpson's chain-smoking sisters, Selma and Patty Bouvier, are uncaring clerks at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Springfield. New York Mayor Randall Winston bungles through every episode of "Spin City." And a social worker on "The X-Files" turns out to be the devil in disguise."In the 1990s, public officials have the worst image of any major occupational group on television, and civil servants aren't far ahead of them," concluded a recent report by the Center for Media and Public Affairs.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,sun reporter | August 27, 2007
Baltimore County police Officer Robert Rayner usually attends a Lutheran church in Chase. But when the Baptists in Dundalk are going to pray for him - dedicating an entire Sunday to thanking public servants - well, Rayner said, it seemed like the least he could do was come to the service. "We always try to attend the Appreciation Day," Rayner said, sitting with his wife in a middle pew yesterday at Calvary Baptist Church. About two dozen elected officials, firefighters and police officers attended the service, the third annual Public Servant Appreciation Day at the Dundalk church.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
At the Royal Farms on Key Highway, David DeVincentz fills a cup to the brim with ice before pouring in his daily sweet tea. He has money in his pocket to pay for it but knows the clerks will insist he take it free of charge. "I never, ever expect to be given anything for free," the Baltimore City police officer said. "I always offer to pay. You don't want to insult them by not accepting it. But I always make an offer. " Such freebies are as old as jokes about police and doughnuts — and cups of complimentary coffee.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
Legendary Baltimore radio talk show host Ron Smith referred to our politicians as “public rulers.”  He refused to use their preferred term “public servants” because they rarely if ever act as servants, and if they did, it was most certainly not in the public's interests.  Smith was keenly aware that our politicians, national, state and local were a ruling class that invariably thinks they know better than the public they ostensibly serve....
NEWS
By Connie Morella | October 8, 2013
While our nation enters week two of the government shutdown and Congress' approval rating reaches an anemic 10 percent, the lowest number in recent history, I grow more and more concerned about the future. We witness politicians on both sides of the aisle failing to reach compromise, let alone engage in productive and inclusive debate. I fear that our nation's future leaders will be alienated by what they see online and on cable news, hear on talk radio and read in their local newspapers.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
I'd like to thank Colleen Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union for the best laugh of my day ("Unionized employees don't run the IRS," July 12). Claiming that our nation is fortunate to have one of the most efficient tax collection systems in the world, staffed by trained, dedicated public servants, was absolutely hilarious! I'm sure the taxpayers feel very "fortunate" paying unfair, exorbitant taxes every year, and the many conservative groups that were targeted by these "dedicated" servants were equally happy to be delayed or denied their tax-exempt status.
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Editorial from The Aegis | November 23, 2012
As it turns out, the financial difficulties that whacked Harford County government when the national economy tanked in 2008 didn't result in a radical dismemberment of the county's staff and a withering of public servants' salaries. Like many people working for governments elsewhere, not to mention many people working for businesses large and small, employees of Harford County government were obliged to forego raises for a few years. That will change this year, however, as a 4 percent increase, proposed by Harford County Executive David Craig and retroactive to July 1, was approved Tuesday by the Harford County Council.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
I was saddened to see the small article inside the Maryland Business section of The Sun sounding the death knell for the investor lawsuit related to the implosion of MF Global and implying the futility of any further pursuit of Jon Corzine, the company's former chairman and CEO ("Corzine, banks push to end MF Global fraud lawsuit," Oct. 23). I fully expect that final absolution of Mr. Corzine will be dragged out for a respectably lengthy period and that we'll finally see a small article somewhere indicating that the tireless efforts of our public servants have come to an end and resulted in his acquittal.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE RECORD | September 20, 2012
Death is as much a part of life as birth. It's been observed that the only thing you truly have to do is die. Still, when the end comes, it is a time of sadness and mourning for the deceased's family, friends and colleagues. When the end comes to people regarded as too young, the sadness and mourning are multiplied. Then there are tragic spells like the past several weeks where, in unconnected and unrelated cases, four public servants departed this plane of existence. Three police officers — two Harford County sheriff's deputies and an officer from the Aberdeen Police Department — died as a result of health issues or accidents.
NEWS
August 31, 2010
After seeing that former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s tax return reported his earnings at about $2.5 million and with Gov. Martin O'Malley's probably in the same range, I suggest that the post of governor and the cabinet should be volunteer positions, with no pay and no benefits, especially retirement. I estimate that state would be able to remove the furlough policy on state employees. It would strength the idea that the governor and his cabinet are truly public servants . Barbara Kupec-Brown
NEWS
April 1, 2012
I want to thank The Sun for running on page one last Sunday the story about the abortion protesters' arrest in Harford County in 2008 ("State trooper wanted protesters to 'rot,'" March 24). We have many freedoms being eroded daily by misguided police officials and other public servants who are supposed to protect us and our freedoms. Freedom of speech is precious. Freedom from being offended isn't in our Constitution. Police personnel and all public servants need to remember that they are servants and protectors of the citizens.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2012
At the Royal Farms on Key Highway, David DeVincentz fills a cup to the brim with ice before pouring in his daily sweet tea. He has money in his pocket to pay for it but knows the clerks will insist he take it free of charge. "I never, ever expect to be given anything for free," the Baltimore City police officer said. "I always offer to pay. You don't want to insult them by not accepting it. But I always make an offer. " Such freebies are as old as jokes about police and doughnuts — and cups of complimentary coffee.
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June 13, 2012
Ruchlewicz remembered as kind man and dedicated public servant The sudden death on June 5 of Stanley Ruchlewicz, the longtime Main Street manager and economic development director for Westminster, has caused me to pause and reflect on his wonderful service to me and the efforts put forth by him and all of the other wonderful "public servants" that I dealt with in the planning, organizing, and carrying out of the recent 145th Memorial Day...
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