Three charged with theft in county
By JASON PATTERSON
Editor & Publisher
Sheriff Thomas Vaughan credits dedicated officers for arresting three men suspected of thefts around the county and one man caught growing marijuana.
Robert Jones, 29, of 2735 Dark Corner Road, Cordelora Taylor, 20, of 856 Leach Street, and Quinn “Blue” Taylor, 32, of 903 Calvin Street, are all charged with three counts of grand larceny after allegedly stealing items from around the county and selling them as scrap metal.
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First, let us thank the members of the Yazoo City Fire department for their dedication and hard work.
However, regarding the purchase of a new television set, as a taxpayer I have to say, sorry, but no especially when the city is wondering where to get funds to fix the crumbling roads. Shame on you for even considering such a request. Even $200 spent on a smaller TV now when others are struggling just to get by is wrong, selfish and plain ridiculous.
Frankly, I can’t believe the fire department even had the audacity to request any TV, especially a 55 inch one. When taxpayers and governments are trying to count pennies, one does not simply get rid of a television that works, and purchase a new one simply because it is aged. What happened to the principal of use it until it no longer works? Reduce, reuse and recycle needs to apply to everyone, not just to taxpayers. All government employees, not just the fire department, need to be more responsible when using taxpayers’ money. Would you purchase a 55 inch television or a new television if you couldn’t afford one and had no way to pay for it? I wouldn’t. In fact, the television I currently own was purchased in 1987. It’s not a big screen, high definition, nor 55 inches, but it works fine and I have no intention of purchasing another television while this one works. Why should the fire department or any other government entity be allowed to or even begin to think of doing such a ridiculous thing on the taxpayer’s dollar?
Fire department employees are well taken care of by the city they serve. We provide them with meals and a place to stay when they are on duty due to the nature of their job. We want them to be comfortable, but there comes a point when comfort turns to luxury. As long as their television is working, why should the taxpayers foot a bill for a new one? We shouldn’t.
The fire house is for comfort and not for luxuries. I’m curious to know if the fire department is also utilizing cable or satellite television also at the taxpayer’s expense. Time to stop the buck and the time is now. If the firemen really want a new television for their luxury and enjoyment, they are free to pool their resources, their income, and purchase one for their use. Certainly, the fire department can use their television a little longer until it no longer works and let the $200 go to fix the crumbling roads, which are far more important.
If the roads are unpassable, how will the firemen get to their destination and do the job they were hired to do? Again, thanks to the employees of fire departments everywhere for your dedication and hard work, but the taxpayers hired you to do a job and not to provide you with a second home.
Dr. Frances Silva
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