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August 13, 2013

Seeking this NBCI resignation not justified

In 1945 World War II was coming to an end and the man who led England and the free world to its success was up for re-election. Winston Churchill was a sure bet to be elected Prime Minister.
There was only one problem. After he ignited his country with that famous speech in 1940 “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat,” the English people sent him out of office in 1945.
So much for the wisdom of a singing mob.
In the Cumberland Times-News of Aug. 10, I read where the citizens of that community are demanding the resignation of several key prison staff members (“Union: This has got to stop; In wake of stabbing, protesters call for ousters at NBCI”).
They are apparently upset at a recent staff assault and unsafe prison conditions at the North Branch Correctional facility.
I know something about unsafe prison conditions. I was reassigned to a facility after two major prison riots and some serious staff injuries in 1991.
I know what it takes to fix a prison. For the next 12 years at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, there were no further prison riots.
Asking for someone’s resignation is sometimes justified and sometimes not.
AFSCME collects dues from every line officer employee in Maryland. Some of this money is then channeled to their favorite political candidates. Martin O’Malley has been the recipient of some of these funds.
As such, one should come to expect a few more results and safer prisons. Should we ask for the resignation of AFSCME leaders because they collect a lot of money, know the governor well, and let him get away with prison staff shortages, severe overtime allocations, and less than desirable prison leadership?
It’s sometimes good to ask for a bureaucrat’s resignation. They spend too much time in the office and not enough time in the trenches, ready and willing to help fix a problem.

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