Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 19, 2013

Passage of this bill could cost considerable amount of money

On Feb. 8, Sen. James DeGrange introduced Senate Bill 876 to the Maryland Senate. This bill proposes the repeal of a prohibition on the use of state funds to implement certain standards for state correctional facilities.

This rather vague synopsis omits that the standards that are currently prohibited by the Code of Maryland are standards set forth by a group known as the American Correctional Association.

Our state has the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards, a fine publicly accountable organization of which has all of its information available to anyone willing to use an Internet search engine.

The American Correctional Association is a private organization accountable to no one and keeps its information secret. Additionally it costs the taxpayers of Maryland a starting price of $12,000 just for the ACA to visit an institution (there are 32 facilities in Maryland) for accreditation, this figure does not count the costs of implementing any of their proposed standards.

And when it is all said and done, an ACA accreditation is worthless, except to its own members.

I urge all readers of this letter that are interested in saving our state hundreds of thousands of dollars to contact the Senate Rules Committee members and express their opposition to Senate Bill 876.

John Reamy

Hagerstown

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • It might not be a problem, but a possibility

    God certainly orchestrates circumstances that cause us to marvel. The recent flood In Cresaptown that Calvary Baptist Church/School endured is proving to be yet another miracle birthed out of devastation.

    July 24, 2014

  • Look to the Jubilee solution to resolve our economic woes

    Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of the banking sector to boost the economy created an illusion of recovery.

    July 24, 2014

  • Common Core curriculum is bad news for West Virginians

    If something is not done soon, the vast majority of American K-12 school children will be taught using dubious, federally backed national education “standards” that have come under fire from across the political spectrum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Please return valuable items taken from woman’s parked van

    On July 8 at 2:33 p.m. my 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlyn Cook and I arrived at Children’s Medical Group for a 3 p.m. appointment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014