The fight for a stepped-pay increase by the police in Rockville has gone viral with an online petition program and responses from people around the country.
It seems sad there are people in Florida more concerned about Rockville police officers than the management of the city.
But this dead horse could be beaten into glue and it is doubtful any more cogent or poignant need for these raises could be brought before the council than the arguments already before the city.
One has to wonder if the police will have to get a Kickstarter campaign and crowd source the funds needed for their very basic needs.
If not Kickstarter, then Indiegogo is also a good source for crowd funding.
So far the Rockville City Police petition has garnered more than 500 supporters and if each one of them gave just $1000 then the police would have their raise.
Short of that, maybe the police can drive around with their hats in their hand and stand on street corners in downtown Rockville.
The sight of cops begging for support from the city would definitely draw national attention to their plight.
It would also highlight the disparity between the police who give so much and ask for so little versus certain members of the city staff who take so much and give so little.
This week we featured an article on the high school prom season.
It is a wonderful time of the year and I remember my senior high school prom very well. In one of the first editorials I ever wrote – this one at my high school newspaper – I cautioned against going out and drinking yourself into oblivion during prom and graduation season and ending up a statistic in the morgue.
I had a couple of friends who attempted that fate and were it not for the kindly intervention of the local police my friends – still with us to this day – would’ve long been gone.
As much as we bemoan the over-the-top antics of some police, it is without a doubt an important, vital and integral role in our society.
In Rockville I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many police officers – those of the rank and file and those who hold management positions.
They are professional, discreet, polite and above all a credit to the city in which they serve.
That they are reduced to an online campaign to get a stepped-raise when they haven’t had one in five years not only shows just how out of touch city management is – but how little they truly care for those who do the grunt work in the city.
The police deserve much better. Logic dictates they get it.
Logic is sorely lacking in Rockville city management.
And now for something completely different: Last week The Montgomery County Sentinel hosted and I moderated a debate among the three men vying for the county executive office in the county.
Ike Leggett, Doug Duncan and Phil Andrews are all three stellar candidates for the office.
All three know the issues, are professional and carry with them the ability to make a difference in the county.
It’s a shame the losers don’t get to run Rockville as a sort of runner-up prize.
If those managing the city of Rockville had the acumen of any of the three men running for the democratic nomination for county executive then I’d have little to write about in Rockville.
But that won’t happen.
What will happen is one of these three men will become the democratic nominee and likely become the next county executive.
I’ve been pressed many times to endorse one of these candidates. Again it is the policy of this paper to endorse no candidate.
But what we did last week should help the voters make up their mind. We live-streamed the event and have put together highlights from the debate and have them on our new website.
Please watch. Pay attention and vote.
The more people involved the better. It makes it harder for debacles like Rockville to occur.