This is a response to Gov. LePage calling for stronger laws, judges and police to combat drug abuse (“Gov. LePage’s drug fight puts focus on hunting down dealers,” March 11).

It is a great thing to do that, but he overlooked one important part of the law: adding more court clerks and staff to all the district courts in Maine.

The pay is on the lower end of the scale. A lot of times the staff will work for a while at the current pay, and after getting some experience, they will leave the court system and work another place for more money.

All the pay freezes and no cost-of-living raises make it difficult to keep staff. It also causes the state money to keep retraining new staff to replace those people who leave to work elsewhere for better money and better working conditions.

Bill Emhoff


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