Letters to the Editor, April 17
Emergency workers need access to security cameras
To The Editor:
I am writing to share a concern that I think all parents of school age children would have if provided the proper information.
I have been made aware that for the past two or three years the Department of Emergency Management has tried to work through an employee at the Department of Education to gain access to the security cameras at each of the Bedford county schools.
Access to the cameras would allow emergency workers to respond much faster to major emergency events such as a school shooting, tornado, fire, etc.
Department of Education employees hide behind the excuse that allowing such access would infringe on privacy. I don't buy that reasoning. Nowhere can one go without being on camera. Any department store, gas station, or even red lights have cameras. I am of the opinion that an employee in the Department of Education is concerned that someone will see some of the atrocities that occur in our schools and are covered up.
I highly encourage our ELECTED Board of Education to take immediate action directing the Department of Education to provide the Department of Emergency Management access to these cameras before a major event happens. It needs to be done right away!
I consider it a shame that one employee is allowed to put the safety of our children at risk. What will you think when there is a tragedy and lives could have been saved (maybe your child's) if emergency workers would have been able to respond faster? I know how I would feel. I think we need to hold our ELECTED board accountable. Whether or not they realize it, they are ultimately responsible.
John L. Houston
New FAA union rules undemocratic
To the Editor:
I'm furious over the new rules the House passed last week in the FAA Reauthorization Bill to make nonvoters count as "no" voters in railway and airline union elections. It's simply undemocratic, and it makes it so much harder for workers to form unions.
This new legislation essentially stuffs the ballot box with anti-union votes in these elections.
Not one representative in the House would be in office today if their elections followed the same rules they~re trying to impose on workers.
Instead of attacking workers, our elected officials should focus on restoring balance in our economy and creating good American jobs that power the middle class.
When Congress returns to Washington after this recess, I hope they~ll start solving problems for working Americans instead of making the problems even worse.
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