by Alexandria Echo Press
July 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Alexandria Echo Press
To help voters in Douglas County Commissioner District 4 make a more informed decision in the August 10 primary election, the Echo Press sent questionnaires to the candidates. Continue Reading
Tags: Anderson, Arlan Kakac, candidates, commissioner, Election, hensley, kakac, local news, Paul Anderson, Politics, primary, Steve Hensley 33 Comments »
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I like the spunk that the young guy has. Great energy! Not to mention that he’s a cutie!
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Yeah … that’s how we should elect our officials. Who needs qualifications if you’re a “cutie”! Justin Bieber for Governor! He’s so cute!!
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Just compare their qualifications and how they are related to the job. Also, take into consideration which, if any, are under investigation for a felony.
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I don’t see how anyone who thinks Barack Obama was not qualified to be president or think he’s in way over his head could vote for a young kid with absolutely no qualifications for the job.
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Perhaps not having “qualifications” is a good thing given the needed chage that is needed on this dysfunctional board.
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Are you daft? No qualifications? Well, then my 7-year old daughter should run too. She’s cute and has lots of spunk. Even better, she hasn’t committed any felonies.
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Oh my! The felony thing is way over-blown.
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I’m going to hope to God that you’re kidding. No felonies is a basic requirement for most entry level jobs, and I’d like to think that we hold our public servants to at least some basic level of standards.
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Who said Obama was underqualified? He is doing much better than either of the Bush presidents. Plus, he has a contagious smile!
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I think that’s how the Republicans hype their candidates — raving about their good looks. How many times has the right said that Sarah Palin is “hot”? How many times have the commentators of Faux News said that the left goes after Palin, Bachmann, Dana Perino, etc. because they are good looking Republican women. Duhhh, do you think it just could be about their positions and what they stand for? I know that is a stretch for some. When Scott Brown was elected — he was also termed a “hottie”. If this is what the Republicans base their candidates on — physical appearance — then the Democrats have nothing to worry about.
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And let’s not forget the brilliant Palin creating an entirely new word — refudiate. Too funny. And to thinks she was a Journalism major. Oh, that’s right — 5 colleges in 6 years or was it 6 colleges in 5 years?? And some believe she is qualified to become President. Give me a break!!
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I suspect Sarah Palin is far more qualified to be President than some are qualified to be dog catcher …..
Hey now, be nice.
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Steve Hensley says nothing about his educational background. Did he go to college? What makes him believe he is even qualified to be county commissioner??
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Good question, michelle. I don’t think it’s his honesty.
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Let’s see … One has 12 years experience as commissioner, 15 years as treasurer (wonder if he wrote any bad checks? Don’t think so), and 30 years running his own business, an insurance agency.
Another is a Navy/Vietnam vet, has a college degree, and experience as a Commissioner.
Mr. Hensley? He’s got spunk and is a cutie. He likes to write plays and sings in his church.
Maybe Mr. Hensley should get a degree in finance, maybe some pre-law, or at least a few years running a business under his belt. He could be a very good commissioner some day. He just doesn’t seem ready. Too bad he didn’t list more specific things that make him qualified for the position. He’ll learn that when applying for a job the boss wants to know what qualifies you, not that you wrote a play. When I hired some people a couple of years ago I was surprised how many had no idea how to write a resume or fill out an application.
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Does a college education qualify someone to be Commissioner? How?
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What proof do you need when the guy admitted to doing it?
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He DID NOT admit to writing the checks with malice aforethought. He did not admit to having written the checks to purposely defraud or steal funds from others. He admitted to having made a mistake. He apologized, and I believe he will pay back what he owes. I suspect he will not be convicted of a felony. To make a Court ruling of a felony there is a need to prove malicious intent. There is no such proof that I know of.
If my gut feeling is correct and he is not convicted of a felony I will be the first to rub your noses in it. I have many, many years of experience with the Law. It appears you don’t.
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For God’s sake, writing checks in that amount that you can’t justify with your bank is a felony! All the hand-wringing and excuse-making will not cover that up.
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Maybe you should stop jumping the gun with irresponsible comments – until after the verdict is announced.
Guess I had better be nice to Randy. He might call me a nasty name again …..
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I’d really like to know what is irresponsible about Randy’s comment. And just why is someone from “South Dakota” so involved in this? By the way, the last time I checked, 56308 is not in South Dakota. Puzzling.
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It’s a phony zip code. Get over it. Do I have to show my car license plates and drivers license?
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A phony zip code…now how does that lend to your credibility?
And I’m still waiting for an answer to my question, “What is irresponsible about Randy’s comment?” All the facts of the case have been laid out, the guy has made a public apology, yet you persevere in defending the indefensible.
You mentioned a lawsuit earlier…some involvement there?
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Well, I’m happy that you have a ‘gut feeling’ about this situation. I suppose we will all have to see how this turns out.
But, I’m not so sure if you’ll be able to “rub your noses in it”.
“Many, many years of experience with the law”? Maybe I’m happy that I can’t say that. Just what were your experiences? Any felonies? Just asking, since you brought it up.
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I will most definitely rub your nose in it. You are the ones who have been the judges, jury members and executioners regarding Mr. Hensley. The word “felony” has been used all too frequently by people who know nothing about the specifics of this case. I know nothing about specifics either, but I am wise enough and man enough to admit it. That is why I have not passed judgment.
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Pitney Bull — Since you live in South Dakota, you couldn’t vote in this election anyway. You also posted that you had met Steve Hensley just ONE time. I am just curious as to why you are so interested in this election?
It’s a little thing I like to call FAIRNESS.
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Do you conclude he is a felon, Michelle? Do you conclude he wrote those checks with malice aforethought? Do you conclude that he set out to commit fraud and steal funds?
I am not so bold as to make such rash conclusions.
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Pitney, the term “Malice aforethought” is used to distinguish between murder and manslaughter, or other higher offense felonies. It has nothing to do with a young punk who can’t manage his finances and admits to writing bad checks. And as for your statement: “I will be the first to rub your noses in it. I have many, many years of experience with the Law. it appears you don’t.” You might think you’re anonymous, but I already know exactly who you are and anyone else with the smallest amount of sense would be able to figure it out. If you’re going to act like a jerk, maybe you should do a better job hiding your identity.
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Pitney Bull — Just an observation. You said you live in South Dakota and can’t vote for the County Commisioner. You also said you have only met Mr. Steve Hensley ONE time. You also said you had no dog in this fight. It appears by your comments that you seem to know a lot about Mr. Hensley’s “situation” and have posted countless comments about Mr. Hensley. You said “I believe he will pay back what he owes. I suspect he will not be convicted of a felony.” How do YOU know he will pay back what he owes and willl not be convicted of a felonly? Are you a lawyer? I think it’s up to the judge (or jury) to render a verdict. Remember, he couldn’t make his court date because he had two flat tires. Couldn’t a friend drive him to court? What about taking a cab? You ALWAYS respect the court. Any person who knows anything about the law could tell you that. In Minn. he could face up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The prosecution will argue that bookkeeping and knowledge of his account is his responsibility so he should have known that these were bad checks.
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Wait for the damn verdict and stop the infantile speculation …..
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Michelle – In a manner so very much similar – if not identical – to a “previous poster”, you have failed to address several questions again.
1. How would a college education better prepare Mr Hensley to serve Douglas County?
2. Do you conclude Mr. Hensley is a felon?
3. Do you conclude he wrote those checks with malice aforethought?
4. Do you conclude that he set out to commit fraud and steal funds?
5. Do you prejudge Mr. Hensley to be guilty – based solely on hearsay and comments from the peanut gallery?
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