While reading the Sun Journal letters to the editor for May 4, I was very discouraged to find comments made by state Rep. Gary Knight, R-Livermore Falls.
Rep. Knight stated, “The shop steward and some fellow police officers do not comprehend the importance of high visibility in the rural towns.” Knight’s letter was in response to the AFSCME Council 93 Local 1828-04 endorsement of candidate Eric Samson for the office of sheriff.
Apparently, Knight does not realize that it was not an endorsement by a few members of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department; it was a unanimous endorsement by all members of the department with the exception of six members who wanted to remain neutral.
To suggest that members of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department do not understand the importance of visibility in our rural towns is offensive to all who provide that presence, day and night.
Rep. Knight chose to quote the “politics as usual” reference made by our chief steward while pointing out that the current sheriff attends local meetings and speaks about events occurring with his department. I find his basis for support of the current sheriff interesting when compared to the department’s concerns.
David Trafford, Auburn
President, AFSCME 1828-04