Editorial: "Outside the Lines" - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

Editorial: "Outside the Lines"

Posted: Updated:
  • EditorialsMore>>

  • Guest Editorial: "Update the voter lists"

    Guest Editorial: "Update the voter lists"

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:20:08 GMT
    A disturbing fact came to light this week about the voting process in the state of Alabama. According to figures from the U.S. Census and from the Alabama Secretary of State's office  four counties, Macon,More >>
    A disturbing fact came to light this week about the voting process in the state of Alabama. According to figures from the U.S. Census and from the Alabama Secretary of State's office  four counties, Macon,More >>
  • Guest Editorial: "Responsibility to Pets"

    Guest Editorial: "Responsibility to Pets"

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:30:22 GMT
    National Pet Week is coming up in May, a good time to think about domesticated animals and our responsibility to them. In the Montgomery Humane Shelter alone nearly 3,300 animals have been taken in overMore >>
    National Pet Week is coming up in May, a good time to think about domesticated animals and our responsibility to them. In the Montgomery Humane Shelter alone nearly 3,300 animals have been taken in overMore >>
  • Editorial: "Hands Off!"

    Editorial: "Hands Off!"

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:20:14 GMT
    Hands off!  That's what every parent of a student wants to say to a teacher, coach or substitute teacher with desires other than educational, related to our children.  This year alone in our area a femaleMore >>
    Hands off!  That's what every parent of a student wants to say to a teacher, coach or substitute teacher with desires other than educational, related to our children.More >>
  • Editorials 2013More>>

  • Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Editorial: Happy Holidays

    Tuesday, December 24 2013 7:15 PM EST2013-12-25 00:15:09 GMT
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy HolidaysMore >>
    Happy Holidays! When I say Happy Holidays to some people they think I am ignoring Christmas and trying to just be politically correct. That couldn't be any further from the truth. I really mean Happy Holidays and that certainly includes Christmas.More >>
  • Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Editorial "Viewer Feedback: End the Conversation/Gambling"

    Thursday, December 19 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-20 00:20:06 GMT
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
    Our editorial earlier this week asking our legislators to again allow Alabamians to vote "yes" or "no" on legalized gaming elicited the following feedback via emails received and comments on wsfa.com andMore >>
  • Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Editorial: "End the Conversation"

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 7:20 PM EST2013-12-18 00:20:09 GMT
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
    What do you say we end the conversation once and for all on legalizing gambling in Alabama and pass legislation next year to let the people of Alabama vote and gamble if they so desire?  This week marksMore >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

By now you've heard that ASU's interim President has secured legal counsel for and I quote, "university officials in their personal and official positions regarding the agreed upon procedures of the forensic audit and certain other investigations;" this alone certainly got our attention, but couple this with the cost of the lawyer secured - $375 an hour – and it's a head scratcher.   

Why you may ask? Well in 2010 Governor Riley issued an executive order that limits the hourly fees that an arm of the state may pay except under "extraordinary circumstances" that are preapproved. The executive order states "no legal contracts for any state agency shall exceed a rate of $195 per hour" unless it is approved by the governor.  A couple of points here - number one, the executive order is still in effect from the previous administration and number two, according to the governor's office no such exception was sought by ASU for legal fees which are 102% higher than allowed by the executive order.

There seems to be a blatant disregard for procedure and protocol as it pertains "orders."  One would think that a university waiting for results from not one, but two audits would do everything possible to stay within the lines until such results are publicly released – but that's not the case.  So now the spotlight shines even brighter.

This is a public university, funded with public money that is going through a very public opening of its books.  That public money just so happens to be from us – the public – so if someone can explain to us why our public university is justified in overpaying for legal services we would be all ears.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow