My name is Marc Ridgill. I was born and raised in the Guilford County/Greensboro area and have lived here for 55 years. I graduated from Northeast High School in the era when all county schools were great places to go to school, which basically means before school merger was shoved down our throats. I have worked in tobacco fields, a textile mill, a machine shop, retail sales and stocking and even tried my hand at vinyl siding sales. Ultimately I became a police officer for the City of Greensboro and recently retired after 29 years of service. I served 15 years as a patrolman, 6 as a detective and 8 as Grimsley High School's Resource Officer. My career has allowed me to meet and talk with city leaders such as council members, attorneys and other dignitaries. I am currently writing a book that chronicles some of the comedic episodes I experienced in my career as an officer and have now improved my golf game to mediocre.
So why write a blog? Why would a retired police officer feel compelled to attempt such an endeavor? The idea started while discussing the lack of supporters in the media for public servants. We always hear about the negative actions whether true or not dealing with police officers, firemen, paramedics and other emergency personnel. While some would attempt to argue that bureaucratic PR departments put out plenty of positive stories there never seems to be anyone standing firmly behind these workers who are under negative scrutiny whether justified or not. The public seems to never hear from leadership regarding actions taken and the media is ill equipped to explain emergency procedures in a proper or less than sensationalized way. In short, there is a side to almost every story that the public never gets.
There is also a need for someone to publicly support teachers and present their side to the public. Teachers and in school personnel have virtually no voice in the public spectra allowing downtown school administrators and local and state government to present whatever side that want the public to know. Quite frankly, it is unfair to simply take state government and school administration's presentation of the truth without doing at least some investigation onto the thoughts of the working educators.
Sports!!!!! Enough said!
I welcome any and all suggestions on what subjects to discuss. Make no mistake about one thing. This will not be a blog that takes law enforcement's or teacher's sides regardless of the evidence. While "some" of the content may be confrontational it is not meant to be personal unless the situation dictates it. The point is to bring a topic to the public's consciousness that may not be reported by the mainstream media and to be able to bring more detail to the issues. After 29 years working in a bureaucracy it's kind of nice to "give my opinion" without worrying about the repercussions my currently employed colleagues have to endure.
See you next week.