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I would like to commend Todd White for his Sept. 6, letter regarding Supervisor Ray Nutting’s legal problems. It is so refreshing to see an individual, believe in our Constitution, along with Mr. White’s ethics and what he feels is an elected official’s obligation to serve. There is so much disappointment with the character and morals of so many of our elected representatives. When it is those serving in local government, it is even more disheartening, because they are often our friends and neighbors.
I agree, Mr. Nutting should have recused himself, until his legal problems are resolved. This would have not only been the considerate thing to do, but also acting responsibly, as this has caused extra work and time for the Board of Supervisors and county staff, and is costly for taxpayers.
I have read the Grand Jury transcripts and hopefully when Mr. Nutting has his day in court, the public will be able to hear first hand the evidence and testimony by witnesses. In the meantime, I feel there has been too much debate occurring, from those making comments in PR Pond and to some extent the Mountain Democrat. I also feel, as a public servant, who has not yet had his day in court, Supervisor Nutting should refrain from calling and e-mailing those who have commented about Mr. Nutting’s troubles. For you who feel you must cast aspersions on others elected, if you feel there is wrongdoing, then I would encourage you to come up with some documented facts and pursue this separately from Mr. Nutting’s legal issues.
Finally, I would like to add that there is more than one charge against Mr. Nutting, as well as Cal Fire looking to charge the supervisor for fire suppression charges, after responding to the four separate fires at Mr. Nutting’s ranch. My hope is all this will be resolved quickly, to allow county staff and elected officials to focus their attention on the business of the county and its citizens.
There are many questions to be answered and evidence provided. Hopefully, when Mr. Nutting has his day in court, on Sept. 20, the truth will come out and the public will have a better understanding about the whys and wherefores, when it comes to conflict of issues by public servants. They walk a fine line and someone in his fourth term as a county supervisor should know better. Don’t forget the California State Attorney General is involved in this case as well as the District Attorney.
I truly hope that we have more young people, such as Todd White, who believe in our constitution and who will be willing to serve in public office. I have faith that there are and proud that many of them live here, in El Dorado County. Todd is a product of our school system and community and has been an admirable board member of the El Dorado Union High School District. Thank you, Todd.