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May 26, 2013

May 26, 2013: Letters to the editor

‘Public servants’ need more than hand-slap

More people are getting the courage to expose the bad in this town and county. I hope the May 17 Kokomo Tribune article was read real careful, and people noticed who knew about what happened to Floyd Ogden.

It stated money was taken from Floyd — without him knowing it — by a city employee, and the people who knew about it never did anything to help Floyd get it back when he was supposed to.

Floyd worked for the city for more than 30 years, but the city didn’t help him when he needed it. That’s about as bad as the guy accused of stealing from him.

To say this employee needs to keep his job so he can pay Floyd back is hogwash. It’s not the taxpayers’ place to give a job to somebody the Indiana State Police detective requested criminal charges be filed against. Why would city leaders use their positions to take care of the accused but never bother to take care of the victim?

What if this city employee had taken almost $30,000 from the city account? Would a local attorney draw up a promissory note outlining payments back to the city beginning six months later? And when those payments were never made, would no legal action be taken to recover the funds?

Why are the rules different just because the victim is Floyd? He was taken advantage of and now the whole community should be making sure Floyd gets his money back in one lump sum right now, just like the signed legal agreement says.

Special investigations are happening a lot on people we pay salaries to, and these investigations cost us extra money. These people are “public servants.” They work for us, and some of them have cost us a whole lot more than the salaries we paid them.

The public hasn’t been served, and the victims of these “public servants” aren’t getting any justice. All of them who the state police and the State Board of Accounts and the special prosecutors have said did something wrong should have to pay their salaries back to us taxpayers. They all abused the power of their positions, and it’s time this town and county quit turning a blind eye to corruption and bad judgment. If all these people had been employed by a private business, they would have been fired a long time ago.

If this situation with Floyd had not been reported by a Good Samaritan and the Kokomo Tribune, things would have went on as they’d been going. We’ll keep living in a shameful community until we stop accepting a slap on the hand as the punishment of these “public servants.”

Ed Ripberger


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