Disappointed with Scruggs at Rotary
I was truly looking forward to hearing Dickie Scruggs’ and his son’s presentation to Rotary. I was somewhat disappointed and quite irritated at the way they glossed over their misdeeds. They seemed unapologetic for their complete mockery of our justice system, and it appeared as if this was more of an image repair tour than pursuit of a noble cause.
As an insurance agent, I’ve seen many business owners (job providers, like the owners of The Dispatch) suffer the consequences of the “jackpot justice” that Dickie and Zach promoted and helped build. It has taken years for the State of Mississippi to repair its image as a home for economic development and a place where job creators can build their business.
Dickie spoke of the significant cost of the trial program, $1,000 per student for 100 students. Scruggs made hundreds of millions of dollars in his legal career, a large portion of which proved to be unethical. I’ve always believed that if someone is selling a product, service, etc that they themselves should believe in and support it. Dickie has the means to fund this program way beyond its “pilot” status, yet after his 30 minute speech, I’m unsure whether he is supporting it other than publicizing it on a speaking tour.
I know our state is in dire need of help with education, particularly vocational training. The program has promise — I just wish it came from someone who I trusted was in it for the right reasons.
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