Turn in your cell phones

The Covington News - - Front page -

In hard times gov­ern­ments, just like cit­i­zens, have to set pri­or­i­ties. How would you rate the fol­low­ing pri­or­i­ties?

You lie awake at night won­der­ing if, when you need to call your county com­mis­sioner, they don’t have a cell­phone, and you will miss them?

Or, the spouse of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer doesn’t know if he is com­ing home be­cause he doesn’t have the lat­est bul­let proof vest for pro­tec­tion.

If you said the sec­ond one is much higher prior- ity, con­grat­u­la­tions. Your val­ues are in the right place.

So, why is New­ton County pay­ing for cell phone ser­vice for our county com­mis­sion­ers? Surely that could be used to pur­chase bul­let-proof vests. Be­sides, the county com­mis­sion­ers don’t list their num­bers on the Web site (or any other con­tact in­for­ma­tion) so how would you call them if you wanted to?

To­day is Sept. 11, 2009. The next county com­mis­sion meet­ing is on Sept. 15. I won­der how many com­mis­sion­ers will turn in their cell phones at that meet­ing to have more funds for bul­let proof vests for our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers?

I am will­ing to sac­ri­fice the abil­ity to con­tact my county com­mis­sioner 24/7 (if I knew his num­ber) in or­der to help pro­tect our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers. How about you?

PS: Call the County Clerk at (770) 784-2000 to let them know your opin­ion. Be nice be­cause th­ese are some of the un­der ap­pre­ci­ated peo­ple who de­liver ser­vices to the cit­i­zens of New­ton County.

I will miss the Sept. 15 meet­ing as I am at­tend­ing an in­ter­na­tional stan­dards meet­ing that I chair and serve as ed­i­tor. Let me know how many cell phones get turned in.

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