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Citizens have responsibility to 'see' inside government

Posted: February 24, 2011 12:17 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2011 5:00 a.m.

It is an almost impossible task in some cases to look into something from the outside. How do you come up with an explanation for some things? You see, as citizens looking in, we may not know enough about an incident or simply care enough to look into it. Most folks already feel their little “2 cents’ worth” won’t make a “hill of beans” of a difference.

Then, too, there are enough of us who do care and can make a difference. A perfect example was a few months back when we all made a difference in straightening up our sheriff’s office. This was a big hurdle for caring citizens, and we cleared it nicely.

Again, looking from the outside in, how do caring folks feel when we read that an employee of the magistrate’s office is suing our sheriff? You know, that is our magistrate’s office and our sheriff’s office. This is outrageous! What audacity. The magistrate’s office and the people who work there are part of our courthouse, which is supposed to be the “people’s house.” Do you feel like that when you walk in there? It is easy to see from the outside to the inside of the sheriff’s office, but it is very unclear to see “our” courthouse from the outside. A very bad feeling of sadness suffocates you knowing that inside our courthouse an employee of the magistrate’s office is suing our sheriff.

Citizens deserve better and it can start by fixing some things within our courthouse so we can someday see from the outside that inside the walls of our courthouse could be a good place, too. Maybe the day will come that you hold your head up high when you hear the word “magistrate” or “courthouse.”


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