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SHERIFF MARTY MALONE SPEAKS TO MUSSELSHELL COUNTY VOTERS
by MNA PRESS
To the citizens of Musselshell County:
I have been reading the letters to the editor from those people supporting this recall effort in utter disbelief. Iím sure that you will see at least one of them every week until the August 18th deadline. Some of what they have been putting out is completely ridiculous. I am not going to attack anyone like they have attacked my family and me, but some things need to be straightened out before this gets further out of hand. I am not going to lend any credence to the same old drivel that they have been spewing out now for months. Those of you who know me, know who I am and what I am about.
Let me begin with this supposed "undercover vehicle" that was accused to have been "at great expense to the county tax payers". Other than the fact that the person who wrote this letter hasnít a clue as to what an undercover vehicle really is, what they are referring to is the vehicle that I am now driving, which was never intended for undercover use. What they omitted was that the county already owned this vehicle. It is one of the Blazers that we have owned since 1999 and used to be one of the marked vehicles. This vehicle was taken out of service and stripped down in preparation to be sent to auction. Before this could happen however, the pickup being used in Melstone broke down and it was determined to be not cost effective to repair. I decided to send the Suburban to Melstone and put this Blazer back into service, and did it in the least expensive way possible. We already owned a majority of the equipment and I put it back on the street, while SAVING the taxpayerís dollars.
Then the author goes on to tell you that I eliminated the Jailer position. They are 100% correct and I will stand by this decision. When we had a jailer, he worked 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They sited that the deputies now have to pick up meals and feed the prisoners. Come on! Feeding breakfast and lunch take a grand total of one hour at the most. Usually a lot less. How long does it take to walk across the street to buy a bag of apples? They have always prepared and fed dinner anyway and this is the most time consuming meal due to it being prepared on site. So for what turns out to be usually less than one hourís worth of work, would you really want me to pay someone for four hours? There are other things that the jailer did do, but I still could not justify spending your money that way.
This author also stated that elected officials are accountable only to the people they serve. 100% true! But how many of you have actively spoken to your elected officials about your concerns? Or sought out the answers to why things were done a certain way, or even offer advice on better ways to accomplish something? Unfortunately, the problems of Musselshell County cannot be solved over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake. It takes hard work, people working together and time.
It is time to take our future very seriously. 2004 is more than half over. It is time to step up to the plate and move forward. After all, we cannot base our lives on how things used to be, and you cannot compare this office I hold to someone who held it in a past century. Is this what we want? Take a good look at what is happening here. What are the real issues and what are these peopleís real motives? Who is pushing this recall and why? What is there for them to gain if I am recalled? More so, what could they lose if I am retained?
No matter the outcome of this recall, this will be your last chance to vote for the office of Sheriff of Musselshell County for more than two years. The rub is, the deadline for casting your ballot falls 74 days before the general election. Being as such, if the recall is successful, your new Sheriff will be appointed to finish the balance of my term. There is nothing you can do about it, and that is exactly how they want it! They could have put this issue before the voters well before the magical 75 days and you would have had a chance to exercise your right to vote. The way I see it, they are trying to silence the voice of the people.
My plea is for you to stand up and be heard. They think they have the right. They think they have the power. The power and the right belong to you, the people. I urge you to exercise your rights and power. Vote, communicate, listen, get involved. I hear time and again, "This or that is wrong, but I donít want to get involved or Iím worried about reprisals". As long as this apathy continues, as long as you allow yourself to be bullied, nothing will ever change, and there is nothing that I or anyone else can do about it.
Musselshell County, it is up to you. I am nothing more than a tool; you are the power behind the tool. You are the hand that makes the tools perform a job.
To be silent is to condone. To condone is to be complicit.
Musselshell County Sheriff