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Officials should not do business with county

To the editor:

This latest revelation about certain commissioners doing business with the county should bother everyone. Certain commissioners would have us believe that they did not know about the limit placed on them if they did business with the county.

I have always embraced the concept that ignorance of the law is not a defense. Moreover, it is just as incredulous that no one in a key management position of the county was "minding the store." All of this behavior is remindful of the olden days, when practices such as these took on a life of their own.

Commissioners should not be allowed, under any circumstances, to do business directly or indirectly with the county, period. The ones doing business would have us believe that the county is somehow benefitting from their "generosity" and the savings created by them. This type of thinking is just wrongheaded. ...

I think it would be the right thing for these commissioners who exceeded the limit to forfeit their pay for a period of time to adjudicate this matter in the public eye. Another option is to have them make a generous contribution to the Relay for Life campaign. This would be a gesture of good faith. Those who had knowledge of this completely preventable mishap should be admonished -- publicly.

Paul McCorkle, an otherwise good man, has distinguished himself with the sewer hookup dispute, the incident at the airport and now this. Yet I still believe in Paul, and I want him to succeed in his leadership role. In fact, he has shined at times. But he needs to "get off of the radar screen." This kind of behavior on his part will most certainly make him un-electable. The timing of this latest misstep could not have come at a worse time for him, personally.

Stop the practice that allows anyone employed by the county to do business, directly or indirectly, with the county. Hold those in full-time positions with the county accountable for failing to adhere to the rules and standards of conduct.

Web posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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