Vines benefited from good ole boys

Published 8:55 am Friday, June 1, 2007

I find it absolutely appalling to even suggest that the problem with the circuit clerk is due to the low salary of the position!

Public officials that run for these elected positions well know the salary that these positions pay. Plain and simply put, if the salary does not suit your needs, then that person has the right to seek other higher paying employment. Just because some of these elected positions have a salary cap, doesn’t mean it is OK to embezzle public funds to supplement their salaries.

Embezzlement of any type by anyone is just that. It is a crime. They have taken something that does not belong to them.

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Yes, Mr. Cooper, you are correct in that some of our systems need to be revamped and overhauled. No person has the right to embezzle any funds for any reason.

Enough has been written and said about the whole mess. The plea bargain, the judge’s decision, the fines and the good behavior bit. It is apparent that he is one of the good ole boys. So, does that mean that we should all turn our heads and look the other direction? I don’t think so.

Mr. Vines has failed to live up to the responsibilities of Adams County’s Circuit Clerk. The judge has failed us with his judicial decision. I hope that on election day a third mistake and failure does not occur, that is to re-elect Mr. Vines.

I believe it is past the time for Mr. Vines to do the right thing. First and foremost, he owes the citizens of Adams County an apology. He also should tell the citizens exactly what he did with these funds.

John W. Sauls

Natchez resident