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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON t;arrners ADVOCATE - Thursday, March t0, 2005 VODIu2VIE i OPINION Every Super Crossword EDITORIAL We've Seen the Rookie's Fluff, Now Where's the Substance? How many hundreds of thou- sands of dollars will rookie County Clerk Jennifer Maghan spend be- fore her castle is complete? With a little more than two months' experience in her corner, Maghan has requested hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for new computer systems, office furniture and other acoutre- ments to enhance either her ego or her image. We all know that county offices are overcrowded and county em- ployees have done a wonderful job in dealing with this space issue. This past week, the court- house was turned upside down by Maghan, who arbitrarily decided to move employees, some of whom handle highly sensitive issues, into offices directly Under her supervi- sion. Usually, these kinds of moves are simply an effort by the elected offi- cial to show the public that chang- es are being made in concert with campaign promises. Maghan claims that her decision to move employees, etc., will help make clerk's operation more acces- sible to the public...more "open". For many years we have worked with the folks in the courthouse and found these employees to be most cooperative and "open" when we made requests for information. We believe that Maghan's behefs about being more "open" are unfair and improper because her prede- cessor, long-time clerk John Ott, is known by everyone to have run a very fine operation in the courthouse. Frankly, we believe that one rea- son she has requested that expen- sive new computer system is be- cause she is being urged to do so by several local activists in the com- munity who would dearly love to gain access to the county's records at any time...day or night! We know that several local attor- neys tried in a very subtle way to let Maghan know that the clerk's office in Jefferson County was not broken and did not need fining. Those words apparently fell on deaf ears. We will give the new clerk credit for trying to follow the letter of the law in running her office. But, for pete's sake, let's get some advice from sage county employees, not your political backers, before mak- ing such knee-jerk decisions. We also understand that the clerk has provided some raises to specif- ic employees in her department, and has instituted a merit pay sys- tem. Merit pay is a fine system, but because this is county government, putting such a program in place should be under the auspices of the County Commission so that all em- ployees can take part. We do not like merit pay, primar- ily because it opens the door to su- pervisor-employee favoritism in some instances. It is easy to determine that this newspaper is not impressed with Jefferson County's new county clerk. Change simply for sake of change is not good. Change arbitrarily made by one person is seldom suc- cessful. Already, some of the clerk's employees have expressed dismay of their office moves and have been reluctant to openly express their opinions because of the fear of retribution. Some "open" govern- ment! We urge the County Commission to bring this runaway freight train under control by controlling the strings on the clerk's budget. That would do the trick for now. And as for the clerk herself, we've seen the fluff, now let's see some substance in your leadership. Letter to the Editor More on Poster Dear Sir: I appreciate your using the poster I dropped off at your of- fice and which you included in the February 17th edition of your newspaper, The Spirit of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate. The copy of the flier touted the reopening in 1856 of a newly re- modeled Shannondale Springs Resort and Spa. I'd like to elab- orate on the caption accom- panying image, The flier was made available for scanning by the Jefferson County Museum and The Friends of Shannon- dale Springs by Shelley Mur- phy for display and promotion- al purposes. It was found in the family Bible of Ms, Murphy's great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Hart Goerm, the wife of Lawson Goens, a free colored, who was employed as the boat- man/ferryman for 30 years by the Shannondale Springs Pve- sort. Mr. Goens died in 1874 at the age of 66. The Goens family resided in Jefferson County for a long, long time and still has relatives in the area. The flier can be viewed at the museum shdeshow located at Www.shan- nondale.org. Sincerely, Willis NoweU Harpers Ferry (USPS 510-960) ESTABLISHED 1844 Published Weeldy on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Company, Inc. 210 North George Street Charles Town, West Virginia Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Periodicals paid at Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Charles Town and additional Periodicals Postage Paid mailing offices To Jefferson Cotlnty addresses ~3.00 (i~ng tBX) Toa. other West Virginia a~ S~.O0 (indtdng tax) To all other USA addresses $26.00 (no tax l'equ~ EDITOR & PUBLISHER Edward "Pat" Dockeney POSTMASTER." Please send address change to The Spirit of Jefferson-Farmer's Advocate, P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, "tAW 25414. I UUI I Wet Basement Solutions No Costly Landscape Rel~rs Lif~me Guarantee Air Filb on Great for Asthma and Allergies in Your Basement Cml Space Encapsulation Systsm - Elimtnale Bugs, M01d, Condensation; Radon ~m, EI~. 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