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April 8, 2013

MOUNTAIN — We welcome a recent style change by the Associated Press, recommending against using the phrase “illegal immigrant,” since “illegal” should apply to an action, not a perso....

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Apr-08-13 11:08 PM

You left out the explanation Champagne gave:“I am satisfied that the past practices of the prior administrative staff of the village, as well as one mayor’s potential testimony — that she worked weekends, extra time, took very little vacation and that certain employees were told they could ‘cash in’ retirement time — makes this case not only near impossible to prosecute criminally but also somewhat problematic in a civil arena.“Similarly, other village managerial staff has also indicated that they followed the same past practices when they requested and received additional compensation for their additional labors.” “Also, the poor judgment exercised by the village in having an employee (McKillip) function well beyond the scope of her original employment further complicates any chance at criminal prosecution.”The village did not have a written policy for pay for extra duties when McKillip took over treasurer’s duties for a time.

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Apr-08-13 9:19 PM

Read the Press Republican article again. It's quoting from a letter Derek Champagne wrote almost two years ago, in which he said he wouldn't pursue charges against Kook because there was no way to prove what was authorized and what wasn't, due to the village's lack of basic oversight or accounting standards during the time period. Saying he couldn't prove she stole in court is a long way from saying she didn't steal.

I don't think the comptrollers auditors would've recommended the village pursue criminal charges, and I don't think the village trustees would've spent the past two years making noise about how she should pay the village back, if in fact the payments were above board.

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Apr-08-13 6:09 PM

This Political Correctness has run amok!

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Apr-08-13 6:07 PM

Your dictionary is lacking! alien 1) n. a person who is not a citizen of the country. 2) in the United States any person born in another country to parents who are not American and who has not become a naturalized citizen. There are resident aliens officially permitted to live in the country and illegal aliens who have sneaked into the country or stayed beyond the time allowed on a visa. 3) v. to convey title to property. illegal immigrant n. an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa. (See: alien)

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Apr-08-13 11:36 AM

I'm not up on the case so I can't say but if designer is correct then the ADE editorial is reporting gossip as fact. Has the paper been acquired by Rupert Murdoch or Fox?

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Apr-08-13 10:52 AM

Apparently, you haven't read the Press Republican article, which gave a fair accounting of what happened, in the town clerk case; by the district attorney. She worked overtime, nights, and weekends and the village had no method to pay her. The village ok'd the comp checks as payment for work rendered, even though it is not a legal method for this type of work. So, in effect, you are demanding that she repay the village for their mistake, and donate the hundreds of hours of extra work she performed.

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