While Richardson is presumed innocent unless it is proven otherwise, the allegations come at a time when our county has already received more than its share of negative attention. In recent months, the county has received national (and sometimes international) publicity as the place where football coaches come to blows following a high school game and now, where a mayor is accused of using his power to abuse inmates in the city jail.
The negative attention to the “bad apples” detracts from the good being done across the county. There are dozens of residents serving as teachers, coaches, council members or mayors who work hard to improve their communities and strengthen their cities and towns. Those men and women deserve respect and appreciation for the job they do. There will always be “bad apples,” but, here in Walker County, the good ones still outweigh the bad and they deserve more recognition than their failing counterparts.
— The Daily Mountain Eagle