In a recent edition of The Advocate-Messenger, I could not believe that the Cedar Creek Sportsman's Club accepts donations from hunters and fishers who violate the law. This all sounds a little fishy! For example, Rick Muse, a boating officer with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, encloses a letter with his citations. The Advocate states that Lincoln County Attorney John Hackly could dismiss the tickets if the $100 donation is forthcoming.
Rick Muse is a paid employee of the state. When Mr. Muse takes the time to write a citation, the state should fine accordingly to help compensate his pay. This donation of $100 to a private foundation costs taxpayers. Also, the loss of revenue has a traumatic effect on the local economy, because the donation alleviates the offender of all court costs and attorney fees. Although the letter states that the accused can choose not to make the donation, the alternative is to plead not guilty and appear in court to fight the charges.