LETTER: Judge owed an apology

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

The record of the sitting Lee County Board of Commissioners is one of bad manners, bad decisions and ill-concealed contempt for the board’s constituency. Jay Calendine’s legal action is a long overdue attempt to teach the bad boys who have made up the majority of the board a little respect for the rule of law.

The commissioners who decided to hold a town hall meeting at a country club in a gated community certainly knew exactly what they were doing. Their own lawyer told them definitively that it was the wrong thing to do.

Having crossed swords with Sheila Barber in the Letters column of The Sanford Herald on the subject of gun control, ... perhaps we need to remind this particular vigilante that use of the courts to solve disputes is an acceptable way to redress wrongs in a civilized society.

Her allegations that Judge Winston Gilchrist is owned by the people who have contributed to his political campaigns is offensive. Ms. Barber owes an apology to a distinguished jurist who has served this community well. ...

Irene Smith