LETTER: John Sam Williamson

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 4:04 p.m. CDT

This letter is in support of John Sam Williamson for Presiding Commissioner of Boone County. I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing Johnny for more than forty years. Many people know that he is a sixth generation farmer in Boone County, served over eight years in the United States Air Force, and has served on multiple county and state committees and boards. Some may not know that his father, John Sam Williamson, Sr. served as Commissioner of Agriculture under Governor Blair in the late 1950's and member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators under Governor Hearnes in the early 1970's. He served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Farm Bureau and later he served as Vice-President of the Farm Bureau. He was President of the local school board. My point in proclaiming this is that "the apple doesn't fall from the tree", and Johnny was raised in a household that was accustomed to serving the public. What many people may not know about Johnny is how caring and compassionate he is.

He has always supported various group and school fundraisers. he has never refused to help anyone in need. Although he refuses to mention it, he helped two families in need to the tune of over $10,000 last year just before Christmas, which was before he decided to run for Presiding. Commissioner and coincidently just before his real estate taxes were due. He and his wife Susan decided it was more important to help these two families and pay their taxes late so that some small children could have Christmas and two families could get their bills caught up. To me, that was an honorable thing to do and paying taxes late to do it shouldn't have a negative effect on his position in the upcoming election.

To me, paying taxes late and paying the penalties with it is notion more than managing your money. If your tax liabilities are in the thousands, it becomes a major expense. If you tax liabilities are in the hundreds, it's a little easier to write the check. I'd be interested to know if the author of the anonymous letter to the editors of the Missourian and the Tribune has a tax liability in the thousands or the hundreds. I'd also be curious to know if this whistle blower has, or ever has had, a balance of over thirty days on a credit card. If so, it's not a crime, but it is, however, managing money. If anyone is interested in other people who have paid their taxes late you can go to and click on collector and search tax records.

I hope you will join me and thousands of others who will vote for Johnny on August 3. He is a true Boone Countian that deserves your support. We need to elect a man with integrity, experience, and someone who has walked the walk.

We're all seeing first hand now on a national level what happens when you send a boy to do a man's job.

Duane Sicht lives in Ashland.

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Tim Dance July 30, 2010 | 12:24 p.m.

Yikes, a letter of support should not of brought up the tax issue. Also, what does a true Boone Countian look like?

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