THE FALL OF TROY
The plot thickened for state auditor Troy Kelley last week when, as reported by Rick Anderson, the former state legislator was indicted for tax evasion (“A Grand Jury Indicts Troy Kelley for Falsifying His Taxes, But the State Auditor Refuses to Resign,” April 16). “The 10-count indictment was followed by widespread calls for Kelley’s resignation,” Anderson wrote, “including a demand from Gov. Jay Inslee that the auditor ‘resign immediately.’ ”
The indictment and the story state he is accused of criminal conduct since he took public office as auditor. This seriously compromises his duty as the state’s ethics and financial watchdog, and he’s got no choice but to hand over his job to a caretaker. Brian Sonntag has already said he’d step in.
If you’ve cheated on your taxes, you should resign from office. Period.
If he won’t resign, impeach him. Then give him the maximum possible sentence for costing the taxpayer all the money it will take to convict him.
FOLLOWING THE LEAD
Nina Shapiro detailed the revival of LEAD in last week’s edition (“Changing Fortunes,” April 15, 2015). The “innovative program that provides low-level criminal offenders with intensive social services rather than giving them jail time
. . .
is being embraced like never before,” she wrote.
Will these same services be offered to people without an active criminal case, or are we letting the police department become the gatekeepers to social services? If so, I can see some potential downsides that need to be considered.
So basically you have criminals, 58 percent of whom continue to be criminals, receiving special consideration from government agencies, who then mislead the public, claiming the program is a success when it isn’t. Sounds wonderful.
Bill Hussein O’Stalin,
Try things. If they work, keep with them. If not, tweak and try again. So much becomes possible when we try.
Michael A. Stusser recently jumped into his time-traveling El Camino and reported on the future of marijuana (“4/20/20 Vision,” April 15, 2015). “Overall, legalization in 2020—as a (still) relatively new public experiment—is going swimmingly,” he wrote. “With 20/20 vision, it’s clear the end of prohibition is in sight.”
I too have seen the future and from 2025 it looks great. I love what Ambassador Rick Steves and appointees Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg have been able to do to hasten legalization movements worldwide. I went to Chris Christie’s vape lounge in Hoboken and it sucked. But what I’ll always cherish the most is the amazing group of cannabis pioneers who have become family. Peace from the future.
And, finally, in last week’s Seattleland, famed child molester Mary Kay Letourneau returned to once again parade her completely effed family before the entire world, courtesy of a new show from Barbara Walters (“Mary Kay Letourneau’s Latest Show: Married With Children,” April 15, 2015). “She plans to ask a court to end her obligation to register as” a sex offender, noted Rick Anderson. “Then she will return to teaching, she thinks.”
I really can’t imagine the state lifting the registration requirement, particularly now that she has revealed she wants to return to the classroom—the scene of the crime. And woe be the school that might hire her and have to endure the blowback.
One would think that they would have stayed under the radar, but the kid is 31 now and I guess we have to hear that it was love. Mary Kay is a very fucked up individual. It was a crime, dumbass.
Sad sad sad. He never had a childhood. She took it away from him.
Dee Heaton Savage,
Oh Lawd, NOOOOOOOO! We had a 15–20-year break from this woman! Thank you, Barbara Walters, for bringing her back to light!
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