In support of NCSO
To the Editor: I have been reading about the salary problems Sheriff Tanner is having since being elected and the major problem with trying to keep qualified people.
I worked at the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years, starting out as a patrol deputy and retiring as Chief Deputy. I could have stayed in Houston working for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and made a lot more money, but my family was here and this is where I wanted to be.
During my time with the department I always worked two to three extra jobs to support my family. The county commissioners would occasionally give us a raise.
The cost of living has increased greatly since my retirement. Most deputies with families are having to work all the extra jobs they can in order to support their families. Insurance costs have increased as have food and fuel, not to mention child care and college tuition. There are just so many jobs that these officers can work, and while doing so leaves no time with their families.
A lot has changed since I retired, but one thing that has not changed is what the state mandates as the number of detention officers you must have to staff the jail, or it will be closed.
I understand Sheriff Tanner turned in $851,000 from his budget. He was not required to do this. My question ... is who gives (the commissioners court) the right to delegate how these funds are used?
I am urging taxpayers and voters of Navarro County to contact your county commissioner and the county judge. We are the ones who put these people in office, and we are the ones to take them out.
In closing, I ask you to support Sheriff Tanner and his department. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion.
In support of NCSO
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It’s about time
Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations — you name it.
The Wonderlic Test
Did you hear the one about Texas A&M’s “Johnny Football” Manziel testing better than all the other quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Scouting Combine? No, this is not the start of an Aggie joke.
Work Out? Bite your tongue!
I've shared this before, but it bears repeating. I'm a lot like my late, dear Daddy … whose idea of “working out” was a good, brisk sit.
Amen, Daddy. Me too.
Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thanks for service
To the Editor: The Blooming Grove Elementary School would like to express appreciation to several individuals and businesses that for three years have provided a “free” vision exam and eyeglasses for many of our students.
Uncle Mort: For the Birds
Personal experiences racked up across three-quarters of a century — including yips and yaps at lecterns spanning five decades — offer positive proof that many times, utter silence is preferable to spoken words.
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Gotta love a small town
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Weird foods on our shelves
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