Folks, we have read all the comments on the blog. Many of the comments are very good. Folks are talking about the issues. There is a couple of things I would like to clear up. The Decatur Daily has informed the public of Sheriff Ana Franklin's wrongdoings and lies as has al.com. We are very impressed with their coverage.
The media that has not bothered to jump is the television stations that Sheriff Franklin called before her so-called METH bust so that they could be there to video people being hosed down with water hoses. Or watching incompetent drug task forces assistances open two-liter bottles alleged to have been "METH labs" and having the fumes seep up into their nose. If you watch some of those videos you will find reserves and corrections officers who are not trained to participate in those activities. Most of those were media events set up by the sheriff to impress on the citizens how hard she was working. For years we listened to the lies that they had made thousands of METH busts a year when in reality the entire state didn't make more than approximately 400 or less per year.
We the citizens were so excited that the sheriff was ridding the county of drugs we voted her in for a second term. We have allowed this sheriff to lie, steal, and cheat for seven years. She had a lot of help in her endeavors to skim the sheriff's office of resources.
It is also our hope that you didn't listen to the sheriff's lies about the profit the posse brought in. In reality, a lot of cash went through the posse that never made it to the bank. We noticed that Ana could not even keep her stories straight for the New York Times. She lied about the posse/rodeo bank accounts just as she has lied about everything else. We also noticed that the Etowah County sheriff has three non-profit accounts set up. Many of the sheriff's outright lies to the New York Times about their non-profits. If you are the sheriff that we are supposed to trust why did you lie to the press? Surely, you knew that unlike many of the local television stations around here the Times was going to verify the existence of the truth in your statements.
The television media has given the sheriff of Morgan County a free ride. They claim to be investigative reporters yet everything the sheriff told them they bought hook, line, and sinker. We will give credit to Channel 19 and some of the others now. They have stopped coming when Ana calls. We say it is high time.
We also understand that Billable Barney is still having fits of anger. He should be. His meal ticket is about to end. He has tried his best to destroy the reputation of the firm he works for. Why should he care? He didn't build it. He just lucked up. We know we have upset Barney when we drive by and see him chain-smoking like a madman. It is our belief that he deserves to be in jail right along with the sheriff. We believe him to be a conspirator, a liar, and a disgrace to all attorneys.