Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

May 23, 2013

Trailer case bound to increase scrutiny on town of Piedmont

CUMBERLAND — This letter is in response to the recent story concerning the guilty plea entered in federal court by Piedmont’s town foreman (“Piedmont town foreman Shingler enters guilty plea,” May 21 Times-News, Page 1A).

I for one think its about time that someone involved in this case start to pay for their crimes because they took property that was supposed to be used for a good cause and utilized it for their own personal gain.

In fact, they should be ashamed of themselves because these are trailers that could have gone to people whose homes were destroyed during some kind of natural disaster (like Sandy or Katrina) or other good cause and not to people who thought they found an easy way to beat the system and get “free stuff” at the expense of honest taxpaying Americans.

I have been following this case for quite some time in both the Times-News and other local media outlets and it had been reported earlier that the town of Piedmont has been footing the bill for Mr. Shingler’s legal fees, and I’m wondering if now since he has been convicted will they stop wasting money on him?

I think this along with his continued employment with the town are two very important questions that the citizens of Piedmont should be asking of the town’s leadership because his actions will certainly place the town under increased scrutiny (and it should) should they ever attempt to get anything else from any type of surplus property program.

Terry Riley

Cumberland

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