The Nutters are getting kudos on this blog today and they are not even related.
I think that Blogger Gerry Nutter is not wrong in suggesting that a little compassion be mixed with Justice in the case of our former city Clerk, Richard Johnson.
Mr Johnson did wrong. Through his lawyer, Kevin Murphy, he has offered to make restitution. He is done in City Government, at least in Lowell. He has paid a high price for his transgression.
On the other hand, everyone I have ever talked to agreed that Mr Johnson ran an office that was customer oriented. In much of government today that is unusual.
At 57, he has at least 13 more working years ahead of him. In my book I would like to see those productive years, in which he uses his skills at a job and pays taxes and buys goods, helping to sustain the economy. Here is a chance to apply punishment and not then pick up a charge to the public taxes. We have too many people in prison as it is.
Gerry Nutter is correct here.
Regards — Cliff