Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 22, 2013

Now's not the time for 'Blame Game'

By Bob Belcher
Corsicana Daily Sun

— If you haven’t heard yet, there is (or was) a (or more correctly, “an alleged) thief among us.

Someone placed in a position of financial trust has emptied out the Derrick Days bank account to the tune of $10,000 — although we’re now hearing those losses could amount to $25,000 or more.

A warrant has been issued, although as of the writing of this piece, the suspect is still, as the police say, “at large.”

Should it have happened?

No.

Should it have been able to happen?

No.

Should there perhaps have been more oversight?

Apparently.

Was there some questionable advice given to the present leadership?

Without a doubt.

Enough questions for the moment — let’s talk.

The outpouring of angst on social media about the theft from the Derrick Days coffers has ranged from “get a rope” to “people can change.”

There probably isn’t a “middle ground” on the issue.

But for the sake of what’s in everyone’s best interest, I offer the following:

Let’s do this thing, and let the process work.

I’ll say this loud and clear, echoing something my good friend Brad Haynie offered on Facebook: Fran Townes and Andy Williams are good people.

And, right now, they need us all on board to do what Brad did so very well for so long — provide us with a festive and fun-filled celebration the week of Derrick Days.

That should be priority number one right now.

I’m quite certain “the barn door” has been closed, locked, and is being closely guarded as far as funds going forward are concerned.

And, for the record, it was Fran that came to us with the news, in an absolute effort to be forthcoming about what had happened. There was no “cover up” or “closed door meeting” involved. She picked up the phone and gave it to us like “it was.”

And I respect that. Everyone should.

No, you can’t change the past, but we can go forward with a dual purpose — get the immediate job done, and be prepared for the future.

Yes, the reporter in me wants to know who, what, when, where, why and how. I think we all do.

And, as that story unfolds, we’ll share it — the “good, bad and ugly.”

But, we shouldn’t let it consume us over the next few weeks.

There is plenty of other work that requires the attention of all concerned to pull off the celebration that’s expected of them.

Let’s help them do their job, because it’s the right thing to do.

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Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com