County hit with free-speech lawsuit | TheUnion.com
YOUR AD HERE »

County hit with free-speech lawsuit

County hit with free-speech lawsuit

Regarding the article, “County hit with free-speech lawsuit,” July 25. I know Susan Wallace, and I absolutely know this lawsuit is not about money, or ego, or spite, as some online comments would like us to believe. Susan was fired for asking questions. All she wanted was for the staff and volunteers to be treated fairly and the animals treated humanely. I think she was fired to send a clear message to the volunteers Ð “don’t ask any questions; don’t question what we do here; don’t question how we do it, or why we do it, or you’re out of here.” And it worked. I know volunteers were told as much Ð by Lt. Ron Earles who headed the shelter at that time. No way are they going to speak out now. The shelter is the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office, a government entity, and as such it needs to behave respectfully and responsibly. Firing a volunteer for daring to ask questions isn’t respectful or responsible. Neither is allowing a meth addict to work there while using and selling drugs and while carrying a loaded weapon. Susan Wallace, by the way, was the victim of a violent crime by a crazed meth addict. Imagine how she must have felt to be fired while a meth addict and a sex offender were kept as paid employees. I have heard that things are better at the shelter now. Gee, I wonder what inspired them to clean up their act? Whatever it was, I’m sure Susan is happy knowing things are better for the animals and those who care for them. That’s really all she cares about. It’s never been about the money. It’s all about the animals and our right to free speech.

J. Simonson



Grass Valley


Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User