I read the editorial dated October 4, 2012 titled “Cronyism and Durby’s seat” with amazement. My amazement comes from the complete absence of factual support to base the editor’s conclusion that the fix is in for Collegedale Municipal Judge Kevin Wilson to be appointed by the Governor to replace General Sessions Judge Ron Durby who is taking a medical leave of absence from the bench. An editorial is certainly an opinion piece and entitled to broad latitude in reaching conclusions; however, does it not seem appropriate that there should be some factual basis for such strong conclusions? Cronyism? Really? How in the world is it that Judge Wilson is “another [Claude] Ramsey ally”? Is this something you just know? Or is it something that is just “commonly mentioned”? If so, by whom? Would it surprise you to know that Judge Wilson and Claude Ramsey hardly know one another? I happen to know that to be a fact. Kevin Wilson is no “crony” and has never been a “Ramsey ally” (if there is such a thing).
I know Kevin Wilson personally and professionally. I have known him for close to 20 years. Kevin is hard working, fair and honest. He is an excellent Judge (having been the Collegedale Municipal Judge for approximately 24 years). Kevin Wilson would make an excellent General Sessions Judge to replace Judge Durby while he is on medical disability. Wouldn’t that be a better reason for the Governor to appoint Kevin Wilson to replace Judge Durby than some speculative connection made by your editor on the basis of, well, nothing? Come on, take some pride in yourself, the opinion you provide is only valuable if it is credible. Unfortunately, in this piece, it is not.