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The last thing I wanted by submitting my letter that was published on Aug. 28 was to start a volleyball match between myself and your readers. I’ll run this letter and hope this puts an end to directed letters. I find it distasteful that someone would write you a letter directed toward me to say that my opinion is wrong. This is America after all and we are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions. It’s OK to disagree, but in the future the disagreements should be directed toward the entity you are writing. If you want to write me a letter, feel free to do so. If you want to write the newspaper, feel free to do so. Please do not confuse the two.
It does not appear your reader correctly read my letter. My letter cited three specific instances that the newspaper failed to share information from the judge that was relevant to the story at that point in time. It did not say that the judge’s actions were right or wrong. It was not a personal attack on anyone mentioned in the letter, as the opposed to the one I just read.
The first incident referenced was Judge-Executive Bill Karrer asking Magistrate Jerry Davis to resign. To this day, there are reasons only known to the judge, that drew him to the conclusion that our community would be better served if someone else held that seat. Yes, we all know that it is an elected position and he can not force his removal, but there is nothing illegal about asking for his resignation. At one point in time, something happened that triggered the judge look at this person. We do not know what that was, nor do we know what he found when he looked.
The same is true about the digital radio conversion where I referenced the newspaper not sharing information about correspondence from Fire Chief Nathan Nation. Are we to believe that in one meeting our magistrates voted unanimously to declare a state of emergency and give the judge the ability to replace the system without any checks and balances? Was it really one meeting? Isn’t the fire department still on the analog system? Was it really an emergency? Maybe it was, maybe it was not. Unless the old system was damaged somehow, it was probably not an emergency and the court collectively acted foolishly which led to the chaos that followed.
There has been at least two references to conflicts with the administrative code. The first being the county’s position on exempt personnel and overtime and the second being spending limits. What does the code say about those two things? I do not recall anything being printed in any of those articles that states what the code says.
Karrer has made several attempts on those specific topics to share information with the newspaper that were not printed. Those are the only three examples that I know. I am sure there are more. It is a catastrophic failure to educate your readers on the part of the newspaper. Most people in Spencer County work. Because time is limited, we are dependent on our only newspaper to print complete articles. We are not going to contact any agency directly to get the full story. We should not have to. It is the responsibility of our only newspaper.
Nowhere in my letter did it say that the judge was right or wrong. If you read the letter, its point was that information was lacking. It is clear that your reader did not read my letter. What he did do was in insert his own opinion into the examples shown.
Editor’s note: The Spencer County Fiscal Court cannot vote to declare an emergency. The vote referenced in the above letter was to urge the judge to declare an emergency. Only the judge-executive has the authority to declare an emergency for the county.