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What’s Next for Argo?

Posted by ALmod on June 25, 2007

The first thing I missed was the groundbreaking.  Turns out that it was quite interesting.  One person emailed me and said that she got a chance to tell Troy King exactly what she thought of him.  Of course, this was in the context of the events in Argo.  Troy King had been contacted before about the situation here, and his office responded by saying that he wouldn’t get involved.  Months later, he’s speaking at an obviously politically motivated event in support of a group that is fighting against a vote of the people.  Needless to say, Troy King hasn’t made many friends in Argo.  (Scott Beason got off easy in that he flew slightly under the radar for most people.  If he plays dumb, he might still have a political career after the next election.)

I told my email-pal that she’d experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  There are many people in this state that would love to tell Mr. King exactly what they think of him, and most of them have probably never even heard of Argo.  I still consider it somewhat poetic that the leadership of Argo would wish to associate themselves with the ethically -challenged King.   Next thing you know, they’ll be shaking hands with Hank Sanders in a photo op.

Apparently, there were a couple of little old ladies that got to tell some of our fearless leaders what they thought of them.  Councilwoman Cheryl Lee decided to get involved and got an earful as well.  Our leaders aren’t used to heavy opposition.  The most we usually see at council meetings is five or six wearing t-shirts, but those are on Monday nights, when normal people have stuff to do.  This was a Saturday, and it turns out that folks have more free time on that day of the week.

Then this happened.

Being Internet-challenged during my away time, I was of course the last to know.  I hadn’t expected that.  I had expected the case to be tied up in the Supreme Court for several months.  Kudos to Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb on the swift dismissal.  I recommend she use that in her next campaign– Sue Bell Cobb, Defender of Civil Rights!

A friend was able to get me a copy of the court document.  The Town of Argo has been ordered to pay all court expenses.  This is where I’ve been concerned.  One way or another, the people of Argo are paying for this court process.  If we aren’t paying out of one citizen’s pocket, we’re still paying in tax dollars.  Not cool.  We’re spending additional tax dollars that shouldn’t have been spent in the first place to pay for TWO lawyers and court fees.  (Technically, we’re paying for more than two lawyers, but I’d rather not get into that.)  Meanwhile, the lawyers we’re paying for are being paid to argue against each other and inevitably force the town to do its job and work in the interest of the people.  It would have been much less expensive on our part to just hold the election and THEN proceed with any legal contest.  At least the will of the people would be known at that point.  For all we know, legal contest wouldn’t have been necessary as the measure would have been voted down.  No muss.  No fuss.

If the reckles behavior of a representative (appointed or elected) brings unnecessary substantial cost to the taxpayer, can that representative be held personally liable?  It is a question you might just see brought up in the very near future.


5 Responses to “What’s Next for Argo?”

  1. Bob said

    I would love to see the last paragraph fully explored. I was recently reading through the Alabama Code as it applies to public officials. Public officials are protected from civil liability when they act in “good faith”. I don’t believe they are acting as the law intends but there is that proof thing. Maybe there is a case to be made from the appeal dismissal. The law says that the Probate Judge’s order is “Final”. The Supreme Court agreed. Surely Argo’s leadership read the law. They have surely paid enough legal fees to have it read to them.

  2. Dan said

    Exciting times. If you can call me sometime today I’d love to ask you a few questions. If I don’t answer, just leave a message (I apparently lost your number).

  3. Kathy said

    I saw that the challenge was tossed out. Good for the court. Keep us posted — I bet there are some steaming mad leaders in Argo right now.

  4. ALmod said

    Lol, Kathy! They are steaming mad right now! And there’s more to this story, but I’m kind of sitting on it at the moment.

  5. jen said

    when and who will be Argo’s next chief of Police??

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