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There are 44 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Mar 12, 2010, titled Deputies Laid Off Due To Budget Cuts | WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio .... In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

The Union County Sheriff announced he has laid off 10 deputies, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.

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Marysville

Columbus, OH

#1 Mar 12, 2010
My opinion may not be a popular one,...

However, when society begins to grow crime rates and reduce their protections to the law abiding,... well,... it doesn't take a scientist to see that Union County will have it's continued and (now) growing problems for the rest of us.

I just can not conceive how this is possible. Firemen, Cops, Rescue,... all VERY instrumental groups for our daily lives. This loss of deputies will likely result in far longer response times to burglary, life threatening accidents and a multitude of other things.

If this doesn't bother you,... consider you are involved in an accident that you or someone you are with may die within that extra five minutes it takes to get a trained deputy or rescue worker there to the scene.

This disturbs me more to see how ridiculous counties and cities have become with our tax dollars. Hey, i'm all for making main street and side streets more functional with new-wave devices and extra kid crossing tools and signage and more guard rail on roads. However, at what point can we say,...'Let's stop our mindset on growth. And instead concentrate on necessities?' Maybe let's get rid of a few more government person jobs and keep an extra deputy? Hmmm,... I must must not be on the same page at all with 'my' local government. I am sad to see this.

Further, I expect this as a growing diminished-trend society. Less protection. More crime. It's very easy calculations folks. Merely look at the news. People are more prone to snapping in traffic and / or gun toting and killing people. I'd like to know there is a plain clothes deputy or officer amongst large groups. Yeah,... that's gone too.

Sorry for my bantering. I am just distressed to hear of this. I hope these deputies are reinstated and apologized to. I'm certain a few of them have saved lives in their time as an officer. Do we just forget all that when budget woes arrive? Man,... how sad. Sorry guys / gals at the Sheriff's Office. You are appreciated. You guys / gals have put in longer hours for less wages, frozen your raises and a host of other things to make this not happen. At some point your union had to step up and say no more. I guess the county loved that opportunity to make the police union look like the bad guy.

And no I don't work with / for them. But i've taken time to get to know a few of them over the years at the fair. Yeah,... the fair. That ought to be a crime infested event now.

Sad in Marysville
butch

United States

#2 Mar 12, 2010
This is another showing of bad goverment, with the job loss here in Ohio and the lack of effert by our elected leaders to bring in jobs, and unions that will not back off, this is the result, Union now joins, Richland and Marrow, as well as other to be cut back, Then everyone wonders why gun sales have gone up.
Bear

Columbus, OH

#3 Mar 12, 2010
I am wondering did the Union County Commissioners offer to take a 3.8% cut in their salary or are they just expecting everyone else to take the cut so they can keep up their appearance. It was the same thing here in Columbus, did Mayor Coleman offer to take a pay cut, did the Aldermen offer to take a pay cut? No, they just expect everyone else too. Maybe they need to take a page from how Worthington Industries handled it. The first one to take a pay cut at Worthington Industries was John McConnell and he took the biggest. Maybe these Commissioners, Mayor and others should lead by example.
Down goes Rocky

Canal Winchester, OH

#5 Mar 12, 2010
Wow ten deputies laid off! I am glad I don't live in that county. It is funny however that they have the money for several brand new Dodge Charger cruisers, but no salaries for the people who drive them. Maybe the Sheriff should let the deputies drive them to look for other jobs. If I were the Sheriff I would rather have the boys, not the toys to keep the citizens of Union County safe. My heart goes out to the deputies and their familes being laid off, hopefully they will see the priorities of their employer.
Him

Zanesville, OH

#6 Mar 12, 2010
Down goes Rocky wrote:
Wow ten deputies laid off! I am glad I don't live in that county. It is funny however that they have the money for several brand new Dodge Charger cruisers, but no salaries for the people who drive them. Maybe the Sheriff should let the deputies drive them to look for other jobs. If I were the Sheriff I would rather have the boys, not the toys to keep the citizens of Union County safe. My heart goes out to the deputies and their familes being laid off, hopefully they will see the priorities of their employer.


I can see why one would make this assumption about the cruisers. If you look at the price for a new crown vic its about 4000 dollars more and heavier and get less fuel mileage. They could have bought some used ones from the state but alot of times they have so many miles on them that maintenance costs become a problem.

Here in Hardin county we have been keeping our heads above water for the most part. Roads look good, Have not laid off any deputies. The Kenton city police has laid off a few officers.

Its hard for me to understand how Union county has so much more tax revenue than Hardin county and is in the position its in.
Keith

Lima, OH

#7 Mar 12, 2010
Hmm, it's interesting that people comment about things here, speaking from their heart and not their head.

First off, the new police cars are not an option. Just like the NFPA cities and towns are required to replace their cruisers at specific ages. These are some of teh things that need to be suspended for now so that money can be allocated elsewhere.

which brings me to the next topic. Budgets. Government offices have to operate on a budget, and money for computers has to go to computers. It's the same for everything they buy.

Oddly, this even exists at the federal level, but congress does have over site to reallocate funds by a vote. And of course, they do. Especially when it's time for their raises. They ALWAYS find that money. Local and county governments are no different, what's more, the police cars may not even be owned by the police dept. The county commissioner's office may own the cars, jail and all the rest. If that's the case, they typically still don't employ the officers, the dept does. So the commissioner may have had the money for the cars, but no way to reallocate it to paying officers salaries. It's weird that way, but some counties are setup as such. It' depends on the country charter, and changing a county charter is akin to changing the Constitution or the United States. The public at large don't allow it typically, for any reason.

The other thing that no one seems to mention here is due to the economy going in the tank, there is MORE crime. People that normally law abiding upstanding types are pushed to questionable or down right illegal activities in attempting to provide for their families. I don't agree with this, but it's the hard truth.
Of course with less police, the problem gets bigger with the lack of enforcement giving it a shot in the arm. Things like this tend to turn out bad for folks. As this issue continues to grow, and more police get laid off, the general public start arming themselves. Now I don't have an issue with homeowners having firearms. I feel the Crown Castle Act (if they are in the house, shoot them) is viable and people breaking into people homes need shot, or at least shot at. Problem is that folks that aren't typical criminals are committing criminal acts, and are going to be the ones getting shot.
As things get worse in this country, we begin to see the hirarchy of needs come into play.
Top of the list is air food and water. The ability to sustain ones life. As the economy fails, people go broke, become homeless and these basic needs come to the forefront. No one reading this will say that they wouldn't rob to feed their children or themselves. Yes, when you have kids, self preservation is paramount, because you have to provide for your family. Make no mistake, after eating the family pet you will go to any length to sustain family and yourself.

This is the problem we face here. All of us are on one side or another. Of course, the folks that are doing the robbing to feed their families are not reading this, but you may know someone in this dire of a situation. We need to begin helping each other. God knows that the government isn't going to do it. We need to watch out for those that are in need and do what we can for them.
Joe

United States

#8 Mar 12, 2010
Good! Too many CORRUPT cops running around doing nothing.
Republican Economics

Hilliard, OH

#9 Mar 13, 2010
they're hiring in iraq.
Charger689

Galena, OH

#10 Mar 13, 2010
I have a question?? Weren't these the same deputies that were laid off last year then had
their jobs saved by the Obama Stimulus Package???
Greg

Westerville, OH

#11 Mar 13, 2010
Butch, this isn't an example of bad government. It's an example of how unions fail their members.

It's shameful that the union didn't agree to a 3.8% pay cut. Instead, they let ten people lose their jobs.

I wonder if the union refunded the dues those people had previously paid to help during unemployment. Probably not...
From Someone Who Knows

Columbus, OH

#12 Mar 13, 2010
Hey little Republicans in Union County, you get what you pay for.
Gambler

Groveport, OH

#13 Mar 13, 2010
From Someone Who Knows wrote:
Hey little Republicans in Union County, you get what you pay for.
Hey little DEMOCRAP your 'FREE RIDEs" are over "NO MORE HAND OUTS" ask the "Union" for your next payday. The taxpayers are broke!
Casino Magnet

Zanesville, OH

#14 Mar 13, 2010
bottom line,you have too many cops on the street.

Columbus is next.
WILEY

Frankfort, OH

#15 Mar 13, 2010
Gambler wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey little DEMOCRAP your 'FREE RIDEs" are over "NO MORE HAND OUTS" ask the "Union" for your next payday. The taxpayers are broke!
Amen brother!
Grovetucky

Columbus, OH

#16 Mar 13, 2010
Time to move south boys. Lots of souithern states are begging for already trained officers in the sunny south. Time to relocate and stay warm.
Screw broke Ohio
SHERIFF SUCKS

Columbus, OH

#17 Mar 13, 2010
Dont re-vote sheriff nelson back in next term!!!

Bad idea sheriff dumbass!!

Since: Jan 10

Northborough, MA

#18 Mar 13, 2010
We need police officers everywhere for our safety. I wish there was a solution to all this. Good men putting their lives on the line losing their jobs because of money. I wish Obama would help.
guess the

Columbus, OH

#19 Mar 13, 2010
casinos & associated crime can't come to Ohio cities soon enough for bennett's gop/fop unholy alliance.
Union Co

Lima, OH

#20 Mar 13, 2010
Charger689 wrote:
I have a question?? Weren't these the same deputies that were laid off last year then had
their jobs saved by the Obama Stimulus Package???
You are thinking about the Columbus PD recruits!
ShamWow

Columbus, OH

#21 Mar 13, 2010
Sadly things are tough all over. I'll say a prayer!!!!

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