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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 3:15 p.m. CST

Per usual, Ms. von Bergen Wessels is on point with her letter in SV Weekend on Aug. 2. Thank you for all you've done and tried to do. The time and energy she used researching this disaster is incredible.

I only wish former Supervisor Burke had focused on doing the job for which she was elected instead of another job for which she wasn't elected. Maybe she could have attempted to correct the mess she left before she blew out of town to live happily ever after.

It's clearly evident to me the office was totally under Burke's control. I cannot figure out whether the other employees ever suspected any errors, or if they chose to take the easy way out and not say anything. It's sad because the ultimate responsibility was Burke's, but employees handling taxpayers' money also have a responsibility other than to pick up a paycheck.

It's time we all step up and attend these meetings. While there, do a quick check of which elected officials are always present and which one is rarely there. Just because there's a new supervisor, nobody should sit back and assume all is well. Hopefully soon, but honestly, I doubt it.

In spite of what Bryan Smith [TOI executive director] says, puh-leeze, gag gag, we don't need townships. The work will get done, graves will be dug, the needy will be fed, and we'll have a bit more jingle in our bank accounts.

Township government is double-dipping, no matter what Bryan says. He's protecting his lofty position at our expense, and I, along with others, are tired of it. This current board had best dig in and stop the spending on turkey dinners, donations and the like.

I believe they will. The taxpayers have to tighten their belts – and all, not just Coloma Township, need to follow suit.

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