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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2007
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

State bureau could investigate e-mails

To The Daily: My husband and I are appalled by the recent situation with pornography being passed around on county computers. It is clear to us that a complete investigation needs to be conducted and not by local people. If the Alabama Bureau of Investigation conducts this investigation, we don’t have to worry about “sensitive files” as an excuse. We don’t need people with questionable morals conducting our business.

It is obvious there is more they are hiding. One individual got fired and so should Commission Chairman John Glasscock be relieved of his duties and anyone else who uses our computers for other than county business. Mr. Glasscock forgets who pays his salary and for whom he works.

Mrs. Gene Gilliland
Decatur

George is shining a light on corruption

To The Daily: I read the Dec. 29 newspaper with anger and sadness. Once again, those who would hide from the public win. Revenue Commissioner Amanda Scott and Sheriff Greg Bartlett do not have to be a part of the investigation that is supposed to cover all elected officials and department heads. Once again, everything is swept under the rug, protected by the “Good Ol’ Boy” network that has existed in Morgan County since time immemorial. Once again, the voters and taxpayers don’t matter.

Commissioner Stacey George is so often criticized for being on witch hunts or just trying to cause problems. We all know he and Mr. Bartlett and Ms. Scott are, at the least, political enemies.

Mr. George’s methods may not always be the easiest, but the one thing you can say about Mr. George is: He drags everything out into the light. Doesn’t mean he’s always right, but at least he’s not afraid to stand in the spotlight and fight the continued corruption of Morgan County.

Lynne Orr
Decatur

Drop investigation, get back to work

To The Daily: If the County Commission is going to prevent the recurrence of the horrible atrocities committed by county employees on the Internet, it will need to monitor all Internet and telephone use by said employees.

They will need people, first-tier monitors, to watch and listen to the phone and Internet use of all employees.

Of course they will also need people, second-tier monitors, to watch the first-tier monitors in case they commit any unholy acts. A third tier could watch the second and a fourth could watch the third, etc.

Oh — we will also need a bigger courthouse.

I guess you can see where this is going.

I propose an alternate plan. Accept the fact that people are only human. They are subject to errors in judgment, and will always make them. Admit that this is not a national-security issue.

Drop this ill-conceived probe and get back to work.

James E. Shook
Decatur

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