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Inverness police officers deserve an honest wage

Editor: In the dangerous world existing today, average people have three numbers they immediately think of when trouble comes: 911. I am reminded at the same time of the three words of a famous author who described the "thin blue line" that separates good from bad in grass roots society.

There's been a great deal said pro and con about the ongoing Inverness Police Department salary negotiations. As a once-upon-a-time manager who remembers well the heat such conversing can build, I'd like to see if a few comments from me might be appropriate.

Our city residents should understand, especially in this day and time, the subjects being discussed are not on the same level as the cost of fixing potholed streets or the niceties of garbage pickup contracts. It's considerably more important for reasons that should be apparent to all and certainly thus more critical to basic community well-being.

In fact, for men who each day may take their lives in their hands in reporting to work, I believe we must apply some different rules. A level of earned respect, so far, I believe might be lacking.

On the one side is a very fine, in fact outstanding, city manager, Frank DiGiovanni, admirably proven by his many years of service to the city.

There are the harried City Council members who are faced with a plethora of financial problems and depend on DiGiovanni to guide them safely through their day-to-day maze. Their jobs are to run the city as efficiently and economically as possible.

Slice it however you will, in this current flap they are honestly attempting to do what they think their taxpayers expect.

At the same time, however, in dealing with our men in blue, there is a distinct possibility of being penny-wise but pound foolish, as the old saying goes.

Although no one can ever pay enough for some of the sacrifices we've come to expect from our police forces, a livable wage is not too much to expect.

I would hope that average citizens will be responsible enough to tell their city representatives how they feel about this critical problem ASAP.

Consider it when something goes bump in the night, or when a need bigger than you can handle suddenly appears. I believe the answer is apparent in this specific case.

L.C. Alexander, Inverness

Residents must learn the facts

Editor: My wife and I attended a meeting several months ago regarding the proposal of a new community center for Sugarmill Woods. At that meeting, we were told that the rough estimate for the cost of a new building was $1.2-million.

On Nov. 14, there was an open house for all residents to see plans for the center.

We were shocked to see that the cost has risen to $2.1-million. The plans now include a 500-seat theater with other areas made larger than previous plans.

According to a representative of this planning committee, there are about 50 families promoting this project.

These people wish to have every property owner in Sugarmill Woods assessed yearly to have this center built and maintained.

We are opposed to this project and feel that those who support it should fund the center privately. Property owners in Sugarmill Woods must take the responsibility of educating themselves on this matter. Cypress Village residents have their yearly meeting in March and will have a chance to voice their opinions on this proposal.

Please plan on attending this important meeting.

Wilma and Dominick E. Orso, Sugarmill Woods