Well as I’ve said here before, this world has gone crazy, and a chuckle once a week from Struttin’ Time doesn’t seem to help much to pull us from the doom and gloom that takes over our everyday lives. I promise we will keep trying though.
In June 2013, we broke the story about how the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife was operating like a ship without a rudder — that corruption seemed to be the norm within the department. In September, then- Commissioner Jonathan Gassett resigned in disgrace. Last week, Gassett was named in nine civil counts filed by the state Executive Branch Ethics Commission, including charges that he used his position to get Kentucky State Police guest passes to the Kentucky Derby and kept art prints for himself that were to be sold as a fundraiser by Fish and Wildlife.
For some reason, the story was not reported on by our regional television station, WYMT in Hazard. I hope it isn’t the case, but in my mind, WYMT ignored the story because the father station general manager Steve Hensley, former Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Doug Hensley, is the person who hired Gassett.
My question now is just how far the rot goes through the Department. Three other employees have also been charged with ethics violations. Let me stress, Mr. Gassett and the others named are innocent until proven guilty, but there still needs to be a full investigation so that we’ll know our money is being spent wisely.