Last updated: February 14. 2014 1:46PM - 495 Views
By Emily Brown

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I want to thank Ann Knowles for standing up for our county employees. Many are afraid to stand up and speak for our fellow workers. I am one of them and have been for 12 years.

The department I work for is Sampson Area Transportation — and may I say I enjoy it every day, being able to help out as much as I can.

My boss man and all us in the department are the ones on the job each day and I salute them all. If it snows like it did a few days ago we got time off. If it’s cold, really bad and raining, we carry on to the very best of our abilities from 3:30 in the morning for the drivers who are up and out collecting our very sick patients that spend six or more hours three and four days per week at kidney dialysis on the machine for hope of one day being able to live a more complete lifestyle, which for many that day doesn’t come. Life is so much better for some of them, and I say thanks for all the ones that are responsible for getting so many of our elderly patients, and others, who are not able to drive any longer to the grocery stores and to the doctor’s offices, people who depend on the county to be able to feel as if they have a ride to pick them up and give them a ride — they are so grateful. It really makes my day to help someone who, otherwise, may not be able to get to the place they need to go.

Sampson Area Transportation also takes our veterans to the VA in Fayetteville and Durham two and three days per week.

For 54 years I’ve lived in Clinton and passed the county complex almost as long. So if the county workers don’t get a raise maybe they will get by anyway. But they deserve a raise, and I’m speaking for each and everyone working in the whole county complex.

May I say thanks to you one and all for jobs well done.

Mary Howell


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