The two city officials in Harlem and Grovetown were not even aware that part of their citizens’ tax funds were removed for personal remuneration before reaching the county coffers. Legal or not, this practice is wrong.
Columbia County officials have treated this issue with kid gloves, and would like to remove the issue from the public scene. As we all know, too much longevity in office of all our politicians becomes too much temptation for abuse of power.
If the voting public is comfortable with that, don’t expect cronyism to disappear. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand, and it takes citizen participation and a watchful eye.
As Ronald Reagan said, a bloated government is the problem.
Will we correct these problems at the ballot box?