Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia


November 17, 2012

Your Opinion: November 18, 2012

AMERICUS — Leslie Police not involved in search

I would like to clarify an article the Times Recorder published in reference to Judge Russ Barnes. I will refer to the paragraph in the article dated Nov. 9, 2012 (Barnes had been the focus of a massive search effort which encompassed the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Americus Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigations Region 3 Americus Office, Leslie and Plains police departments and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).)

At no time was my department ever contacted by any law enforcement agencyin Sumter Co. in reference to the incident with Judge Barnes. The first time I had any knowledge of it was when WALB posted it on the web. Had my agency been contacted we would have used every resource available to assist in the matter.

The article dated Nov. 8 2012 when Sheriff Pete Smith stated he was using all available resources by ground and air to locate Judge Barnes did not include the Leslie Police Dept.

Chief Bob Smith

Leslie Police Dept.

Condolences to Sandy victims

I want to give my condolences to all the storm victims of Hurricane Sandy. They are in my heart and prayers. We can all feel the impact because of the tornado but it seems harder at Thanksgiving and Christmas. May God bless all of them and guide them.

Now I would like to mention the condition of our country. Just take a look at what’s happening to land our fore-fathers worked and fought for. We have just about completely destroyed it in the name of freedom. Our morals are all gone; Love for your neighbor has turned to hate (even in our families). The telephone, radio and television were a great source of entertainment have been filled with all kinds of filth. Most every body can pull a phone out and show you pictures of people, mostly women, in obscene pictures. You can’t even go to the store without hearing filth.

Everywhere you go there are empty buildings that once were factories. People worked instead of waiting for checks and foodstamps.

Thank you and God bless us all.

James L. Wiggins


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