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County and safety unions settle contract

By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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Our Deputies are so

Our Deputies are so absolutely UNDER PAID! Think about what they do for the community. They help to keep us safe, they strive to keep drugs off of our streets and out of the schools attended by our chdren. They put their lives on the line every day as they hit the streets to protect US. These are men and women with families that they leave behind to come to work hoping they will return safely at the end of their shift. How is it that they can not make more money? It's a wonder they don't go somewhere else where they could actually be paid fairly for the job they do and are often so unappreciated for. It's only a matter of time until this happens and then where does that leave our community? Short handed of our protection and more crime in a place where we have felt safe. Ask yourselves a question... How many of us would be willing to do the job of a Deputy Sheriff? So many of us fail to see what really goes on during the course of an average day. Most of us only see what the paper writes in the sheriffs log....this is nothing. Those of you who think that a Deputy goes around looking for lost animals and rabid skunks all day are sadly mistaking. I believe that we like to feel like the "real crimes" don't happen here based on what we see in that log. If we knew everything that happened throughout the day, these men and women would be viewed by most with a new found respect. What it all boils down to is this.... If the county continues year after year to not give our local Law Enforcement something to look forward to in the way of benefits, retirement and pay, we are going to see drastic changes in our safety that we take for granted. I personally know that I would not want to do the job that they do. Having to pin a star on my chest everyday after putting on a bullet proof vest knowing full well that I am putting it on because I may be shot at any given time, leaving my children without a parent, makes me sick to my stomach. Hats off to these people who do this job everyday without selfishness and to serve the community in which they work to make it safe for US. Thank you Mariposa Deputy Sherrifs!!

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