Don’t remain part of the status quo
FROM: ALLEN JOHNSON ELKTON
The Cecil Whig’s May 17 article says it all: ”Elkton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 124 has endorsed the status quo”
Status quo being defined as the current situation or the way things are now. An example would be “The Elkton Police is content with the status quo and does not want change.”
Per the FOP Facebook page, “Our FOP Lodge is comprised of all the officers from the police department.”
Now stop and think about that for minute. Elkton has one of the highest crime rates in the State of Maryland per FBI statistics, and the Elkton Police Department is content with that! That should bother you.
It is no secret that Elkton police officers will seek a 20-year, rather than 25-year, pension plan in renegotiations of their contract next year. The Elkton FOP is endorsing the incumbents. How quickly the Elkton FOP forgets how they had to fight tooth and nail, going door-to-door to petition taxpayers just to get a 25-year retirement on the ballot. Where were those supporting incumbents then?
Not to mention that the Town of Elkton has a serious concern on how it will financially meet the current 25-year retirement. Wouldn’t you hate to be on the other end of that telephone line, when the town calls to tell you after five years of retirement, there is no more money and you have to go back to work?
A member of the Elkton FOP is quoted as saying, “We think that they’re taking the town in a good direction.” Really? The incumbents have had 20 and 12 years on the board and now they are taking the town in a good direction?
And did you know that Dr. Bob Gorman and Chris Zeauskas were not even interviewed by the Elkton FOP to explain how they would improve the Elkton Police Department.
Dr. Bob Gorman and Chris Zeauskas have outlined plans to improve the police department, actively recruit and hire the eight officers it desperately needs to continue to do a great job, create a police substation in Hollingsworth Manor with their own commissioners’ pay, and add a second K9 officer for greater drug enforcement. So many great ideas to make Elkton better.
Don’t sit on the fence, have your voice heard and cast a vote for Dr. Bob Gorman and Chris Zeauskas on Tuesday, May 24. Let the Elkton FOP know that you don’t want to be part of their status quo. date filing deadline closed, I contacted the two people, through Facebook, who are challenging the incumbents. I wanted to meet them and hear about their ideas for Elkton. They never responded. There was also a recent Elkton Chamber and Alliance luncheon where we could have heard about their ideas directly from them. They refused to attend. If they treat us this way before the election, how will they treat us after?
On May 24, we encourage Elkton town residents to vote for Charles Givens and Earl Piner. They are both born and raised here, are active in the community and pay attention to the issues that concern the town as well as the business community.