A recent story about a former Frederick County courthouse deputy who entered a plea to reckless endangerment after his wife fatally shot herself last year using his service revolver gives us another opportunity to reiterate our position that fatalities involving law enforcement officers should be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency.
In the latest case, George Elias Salibi was given a three-year suspended sentence June 30 and released to unsupervised probation for the next two years after entering an Alford plea in Frederick County Circuit Court.
Investigators said Salibi’s wife, Grace, shot herself twice in the chest with his service revolver; he had left the loaded gun on a chair in their home.
You only threw out maybe 20 pounds of trash this week. You were cautious. You picked through your waste and painstakingly dug out your recyclables, put them in the county cart, then dragged your bin to the curb. You even “pre-cycled,” finding ways to donate items you no longer use, reusing them a little longer, and not printing when you don’t have to, for example.
But next door, that same 65-gallon trash can outside your neighbor’s property is overflowing. And it’s not just trash spilling out, but cans, paper, glass and all other kinds of items that could have been removed and sent back to the recycling plant.
It’s dispiriting to see, not least because that bozo is paying exactly the same as you are through the county’s system benefit charge, levied annually, which pays for the county landfill at Reichs Ford Road, and is included on the county’s taxes and fees bill at a rate based on property value. Depending on whether you live in a town, city or the rest of the county, you’re also paying for collection, be it as a municipal service, as in Frederick, or contract, in many subdivisions with homeowner associations, or through a subscription service in other areas. In any case, Joe next door has no incentive to be conscientious about what he puts in that trash container.
Could be we’ve all reached the point where the encroachment of the “nanny state” in our lives is getting to be a bit much. We’re bombarded with “don’t do this,” “watch out for that,” and “be extra careful when you do that.”
Summer is a prime time for this. Warnings are attached to almost any of our activities — boating, swimming, hiking, biking, barbecuing and standing on our porches watching lightning. Why can’t the people in the warnings department just leave us the heck alone?
Recently, we were all shocked and saddened by an incident at the Naval Shipyards. A very troubled young man with some sort of motive (that may have yet to be figured out), decided to take out …
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