Don’t mess with my Sheriff
I would like to think that one of the main reasons we put this site up was to offer a more diverse view than offered by our local paper. I pondered in the past about conspiracy theories and wouldn’t you know, the same two central figures popped up again in a recent article. This time, (in my opinion) the Times refused to allow comments on the story while giving the report a minor look over.
I have looked over the report from Frank Norton Jr. and it brings up more issues than reported in the Times. Feel free to look at this review.
Other than the “super vehicles” covered by the Times, there are a couple of things that should be highlighted: 1- the Cadillac insurance plan for some of the command staff (pp. 4) and 2- the reduced number of criminal indictments (pp. 35) over the past several years. The insurance plan is “only for contract employees” putting a clear separation in benefits provided to our average deputies. The projected reduction of criminal indictments by almost 37% since 2008 would seem to indicate a successful program in reducing crime in the county; it also makes one think that we are now overstaffed in our jail and the courts.
Feel free to look over the Norton report and comment here as you feel the need.
It is becoming obvious that there is some bias being shown by our local paper. I’m not sure if it is the threat of losing the local organ or if it is just the publisher exercising some political influence, but there does seem to be some bias on what is reported and allowed to be commented on when it comes to the Sheriff’s Office. I believe in what Aidan White said; “There can be no press freedom when journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty and fear.” However, if you look at the way our local rag reports, you have to wonder if they follow the philosophy of Vladimir Lenin: “The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.”
Hugh Hall County Akston