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Readers vote against salary for Guy Hunt in online poll

State pay for former Gov. Guy Hunt is not popular with Daily readers who answered an online poll.

Of 131 responding to the three-day poll, 102 (77.9 percent) said they do not support legislation that would give Hunt a salary.

Twenty-nine said they do support the legislation, being pushed by Sen. Zeb Little, D-Cullman.

The unscientific poll at www.decaturdaily.com ended Wednesday.

People could vote from anywhere.

Hunt, 73, who lives in Cullman County, was elected governor twice.

He receives no pension from that office, but state law allows Gov. Bob Riley to pay him $18,000 a year as a councilor to the governor.

Riley has declined to make that appointment, saying Hunt is not able to work.

Little's legislation would make the appointment automatic and double the pay.

Opinions

"Don't give Hunt a salary. He has a nice farm that this state refurbished for him. Let him make a living there," Don Chitwood, a retired teacher from Moulton, commented by e-mail.

His wife, Dorris, also a retired teacher, said, "Gov. Hunt messed up enough things in this state. Let's let him rest in peace.

"Gov. Riley doesn't need his counseling."

But Roy Washburn of Decatur said he is "very much for" Hunt receiving the money.

"I disagree with Gov. Bob Riley's position that he should do something for the money," Washburn wrote.

"I doubt Gov. Hunt is able to work for the money; however, since other people have received the money or are receiving it, I think he should, too."

- Steve Stewart

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