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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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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....
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By MELISSA HARRIS | August 3, 2007
This is the first in a three-part series on Maryland-based finalists for the 2007 Service to America Medals, or Sammies, one of the highest honors bestowed upon civil servants. The winners will be announced next month. Wallace Fung, chief technology officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, had a big problem in spring of last year: Computer processing errors were causing headaches for hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans and seniors trying to get medicine under the new federal prescription drug program.
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
By E.A. Torriero and E.A. Torriero,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 22, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S.-led administration yesterday dashed hopes for the quick formation of an interim Iraqi government and announced it was assuming responsibility for paying 1.4 million civil servants. "You can't get in any deeper than running a country," a senior U.S. official said. "But it is not our intention for this to go on indefinitely." Still, officials dropped their insistence that Iraq would be well on its way to self-governance by mid-June. Paul Bremer, the top U.S. administrator, said a summit of Iraqi politicians planned for next month would be pushed back.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 16, 2001
WASHINGTON - A president who once criticized the federal work force as part of what was wrong with Washington saluted government workers yesterday as "men and women who have shown the meaning of duty and public sacrifice." Speaking at a ceremony to honor the government's corps of senior executives, President Bush noted that, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, federal employees as well as state and local workers, have acted "with remarkable professionalism and purpose." "They've worked past exhaustion," Bush said, referring to police officers, firefighters, medics, emergency workers and members of the armed forces.
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.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | November 16, 1998
If they won't go after Bill, the Republicans could always impeach Starr.Since it is emptying out, Bawlmer doesn't need so many civil servants. If they would serve the public better, more of it would remain and more of them could stay.At last the '99 Orioles will have a closer, which is taking last things first.4&Cheer up. It's basketball season.Pub Date: 11/16/98
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.
NEWS
By Eliza Newlin and Eliza Newlin,States News Service | February 11, 1991
WASHINGTON -- When federal worker and sometime fisherman Bob Spore, of Pasadena, learned that it would soon be illegal for him to earn money for writing or speaking about his hobby, he was livid."
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.
EXPLORE
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
November 4, 2012
Do you have a friend, co-worker, relative, or neighbor who is gay? Are they not equal citizens and human beings? How can we deny them the same rights that we heterosexuals enjoy? If your religion prevents you from accepting our gay brothers and sisters into your congregation or accepting them as equals, then so be it. Remember this law - Question 6 on the ballot - is about civil marriage and does nothing, absolutely nothing to change your church or its religious rites. Read the law if you doubt this fact.
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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
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.
EXPLORE
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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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.
FEATURES
By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 15, 2006
There are various ways to tame Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, a comedy with a thorny wife-subjugation ending. Cole Porter turned it into the musical Kiss Me, Kate. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's approach comes closer to an Elizabethan episode of Upstairs, Downstairs. Love is not only in the air among the upper classes in director Patrick Kilpatrick's production, it also infects the servants. The play concerns two sisters -- sweet Bianca (Ashly Ruth Fishell) and older, vile-tempered Katherine (Kate Michelsen-Graham)
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.
BUSINESS
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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