I am writing in response to Mr. Wells' letter to the editor about "Enough Political Mudslinging." I could not agree more, but Wells needs to get his facts straight before he makes baseless accusations. It is true that this non-newsworthy story about Ken Merritt has been lying around for more than four years; however it was not brought back up by his opponent, Sheriff Jeff Sandy. I know who filed the original complaint and I know at least two of the people who have contacted the Ethic's Committee to bring the case back to life. Jeff Sandy was not one of them.
While Brian Merritt was arrested by members of the sheriff's office, the actual investigation was conducted by Parkersburg Police Department. Merritt did pay back the money. His son was convicted and is in prison paying his debt to society. Merritt did nothing more than most parents would have done. This is why I would have to question what the Ethic's Commission thinks he gained by his actions.
I think it is wrong of Wells and others to assume that Sandy had anything to do with this case; I know he did not. Sandy has also been a victim of more than his share of the mudslinging.
Enough is enough. Political mudslinging and dirty tricks needs to stop and the candidates need to stand on their accomplishments and goals.
Tom R. Smith