Tuesday Was Hamilton County's Loss

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
The primary election is over...the votes have been counted...and what will be will be.  I find it hard to say congratulations to most of the winners of the primary because I think that many poor choices were made.  Voter turnout was pitifully low.  Have we become so apathetic to the goings on of our local government that we just don't care or that our opinions don't matter anymore?

I shudder to think of being subjected to another four years of Jim Hammond as our sheriff.  I am embarrased for the citizens of District 8 that they chose incumbent Commissioner Tim Boyd over the education, service, and dedication of Curtis Adams. I feel sorry for former commissioner Fred Skillern that his, as I have often heard described, "hard-headedness" cost him his seat on the County Commission by 51 votes.

I do not know what the future holds for Hamilton County, as some of these races will still be fought over until the General Election in August.  I can only say to each citizen, "Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy ride."  

As well, I encourage some of the incumbents of the County Commission who won by fairly wide margins and/or because of no opposition to remember that we are watching and in four years we will have our say once again.

Voting is a privilege...not a right.

Rusty Munger


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