Editor:

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority is missing a large sum of money. Someone with access has confessed to being a part of the disappearance of some of it. The others say they have done nothing wrong. Without a polygraph, how do we know for sure if this is true?

Like everyone else, I find these people involved to be upstanding members of our community and totally trustworthy. I know most of these people personally.

When Jennifer McDonald was hired as the director of the EDA, I was proud that a local person had earned a position with such a good salary. When I spoke with her mother, she was so proud of her daughter that she smiled from ear to ear. What happened? The Bible says that “the love of money is the root of all evil.”

The Board of Supervisors dropped the ball. McDonald spoke, they listened. A member of the Town Council asked questions. No investigation was done.

Whatever happens, those implicated have had their reputations tarnished. The whole thing makes me ill. Not only will we have to replace stolen money, the trust and faith I held for these people has been destroyed.

Retribution is not enough for this deceit on our community. I believe people in every district in Warren County should seek out neighbors to run for the seats on the Board of Supervisors, work hard for them to get elected and register people to vote.

I do find it hard to believe this has happened, but the money is gone. The truth needs to come out so our community can begin to heal. There is enough blame to go around. The system will work.

Doris Smedley, Front Royal