This column ran in the Capital on March 3, 2013 and
in the Maryland Gazette on April 3, 2013
As I watched the horrific video of police officers racing into Sandy Hook Elementary School, I was reminded yet again that our police officers and firefighters regularly put their own lives at risk to protect us. They should be compensated fairly for doing such difficult jobs well.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Dept. announced that implementing Joanna's recommendation
slashed dispatch times in half
It is early morning. As you head into the kitchen for a cup of coffee, you stop to pull a blanket over your son who is sleeping in the living room.
Suddenly, your unlocked front door is kicked down and a dozen masked men in black swarm into the house, screaming and pointing assault rifles threateningly at you. Forced to the ground with a gun to your head, you ask through terrified tears, “who are you?”, but there’s no response. And then you hear a gun fired in the living room. Have terrorists shot your son?