So, we got the first bill for the attorney fees to investigate County Clerk Shari Perry. And there is one more pending, apparently covered by an insurance policy, paid for by us.

Kudos to attorney Kevin Case for the reduced rate of $90 per hour to conduct the investigation into Perry’s shenanigans. Had Case charged his usual rate, the county would be out nearly $22,000, instead of the $6,000 billed.

That’s all well and good, but let’s not be lulled into complacency. Nor should we accept County Administrator Lisa Johnson’s minimizing statement that the payment comes from a “risk management fund,” reducing it by “less than 5 percent” — according to The Herald’s Weekender edition. Nor do I accept the assessment that the amount represents “an even smaller portion of the county’s overall $28 million budget.”

Know where the risk management fund and the overall budget comes from? Yep — BINGO! — from you and me. You and I are shuffling and managing so we can pay taxes for the privilege of living here, and the money is being spent on crap like this because of the behavior of an elected ... uh ... “official.”

Case gave us a break. We cannot count on this for future issues with this official. We have ourselves in an at-risk position, and this will affect our insurance rates.

Come now. How much more of this are we going to take?

— Richard Warren, Ottawa