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Very few police officers get to spend nearly their entire working career in the company of 17 to 22 year olds.  If it doesn’t kill you, it looks like it can keep you open to change and retain your optimism.  Jerry Roderick has spent the past 33 years making sure Washington College takes care of those who attend.  When students need help the Public Safety folks are on the front lines to give it.  They also are there to protect those who may never seem to need any assistance.  He understand clearly how the police can  enforce laws, while at the same time, provide leadership, reason, dole out some common sense advice and still retain some degree of flexibility in the enforcement of regulations.

His model for policing those at the WC Campus might not totally transfer to a large, urban police department, but his insights into how to best serve all concerned show a far great amount of thought and flexibility which you would love to see happen in many police situations where it is all too common for police to see things in only a yes or no choice system with no reasonable flexibility or balance.  The oft told stories of the harshness of big city police enforcement don’t always seem commensurate with the reported situation. 

Those big cities have problems that WC and Chestertown don’t have to deal with on a daily basis.  Such tough strategies employed in large urban areas are mostly determined by the leadership, but also filter through the individual and diverse personalities of officers.  Large police departments should hear more about how Mr. Roderick and his small staff have succeeded where typical policing methods may have failed.  Sure, some soft approaches o enforcement might not work where the population is hardened, but missing the opportunity to lead youthful people toward the right direction instead of whacking them on the head makes such good sense.

Everyone enjoyed the discussion of what the Public Safety force of the College does for students, faculty and the neighborhood.  We wish you had been there with us!  



Tom Timberman gave us a good idea of what Hilary or Donald will hear from various heads of the CIA and NSA in regard to world affairs and international events on the very first day of becoming President.  The complex bureaucracy behind the scenes creates a very strange atmosphere and adds to the slow flow of current advice and the potential for bias in reporting what has been going on overnight and in the past several days.  The President will have their hands full with all the daily grind of news, wars, and threats.  They will hear all of it through the multiple filters and from sources that are not all equally reliable.  It may be the best that can be done, but it is not a best case.

Hearing all about it does not give clear insight into what course of action might be the one to choose.  So many things are intertwined that delay and wait are often the only logical choice.  It is likely the hardest job on earth and we don’t always have the necessary tools to act in a decisive and correct way.

While somewhat scary , the job of President comes with some amazing perks, but a substantial downside is the nearly limitless responsibility for taking any action.  No one in the audience stepped forward to accept the job.  We need to wonder why anyone would.  The best part may be the great parking spots you get right in downtown DC.

As always, Tom Timberman gave us his insider views of how the government and its leaders interact with reality.  It leaves laymen just shaking their heads with amazement that we have gotten as far as we have in the past couple hundred years.  Where we go from here with a new President is anyone’s guess.  We are along for the ride.



wkhs                                                                                                                                                                   Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson

Ken Collins moved to Chestertown in 2005 where he became sales rep for WCTR under the ownership of Dick Gelfman. In 2006 was promoted to General Manager.  In June of 2016 he found a new career path with Kent County Public Schools where he was brought on to generate new funding sources for 90.5 WKHS Radio.

Chris Singleton has held engineering positions at various radio stations in MD/DE over the past 25 years including WHVY-FM / WYRE-AM, WGAY-FM / WWRC-AM, WDSD-FM / WDOV-AM, WCTR-AM, WCEM-FM / WCEM-AM / WTDK-FM / WAAI-FM, WINX-FM.  In October 2008, Chris assumed the position of Station Manager at WKHS. He had been the station engineer since 1989. Chris is a KCHS graduate (Class of 1984).  He spends 5 hours a day interfacing and teaching this technology to KHS students.  A difficult and rewarding position.

Mark Buckel, also of WKHS surprised CBG by adding a third face to the mix from the radio station.  He also has a leadership position with the station and explained many facets of their operation and region of coverage.

Giving support financially to our local PUBLIC, non-profit, radio

is a great idea and deserves a timely contribution. 



The MC of Kent CBG, Dave Atlas, put on a presentation covering the life and judicial activities of Judge Garland.  A highly educated and decidedly intelligent individual more than well qualified and acceptable for nomination to the US Supreme Court.  Political wrangling and excuses have prevented his confirmation hearing by the US Senate Judiciary Committee.  The highest court of the land and the people of the United States of America deserve better from those elected to represent us in the US Senate.    The discussion was not political, but the failure to act is all politics at its worst.

In a few weeks we all get a chance to vote.  The political system needs a good clean up and lots of new faces elected to office.  I hope for the best possible outcome and quick action by the Senate post election,

Dave Atlas


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