Questionable Behavior Everywhere I Look

This post is a good bit longer than I’d like, but there are several issues you need to be made aware of, and they’re all tangled up together. Find yourself a comfortable place to read before you dive in.

On Wednesday, August 21, Adam Smith sent the following message to the four roofing companies the Board of Commissioners had reviewed bids from over the course of three meetings earlier this month.


From: Town of Ramseur [mailto:adamsmith.tor@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:42 AM

Subject:
 RAMSEUR LIBRARY ROOF

Greetings Sir or Ma’am,
Commissioner Adam Smith here for the Town of Ramseur.  Continue reading “Questionable Behavior Everywhere I Look”

There’s No Excuse For This

Earlier this month, among the flood of emails I receive daily from our municipal office, I started seeing messages like the one reproduced below. Sprint is the mobile telephone carrier that the Town of Ramseur contracts with for mobile voice and data services. The first alerts I saw said that 75% of our shared mobile data allowance of 1 gigabyte (1GB) per month had been used.

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Put It In Writing

On Friday afternoon, 17 August 2019, I attended a private meeting between myself and Commissioner Grant Cheek, along with two other men who do not live in Ramseur. The purpose of that meeting was an effort to find some sort of common ground and, I assume, bring about a truce between myself and Commissioner Cheek. The meeting lasted a little over an hour, and by all accounts amounted to a waste of time.

I respect the two men, officers in the local chapter of the NAACP, who facilitated this meeting, and their efforts at resolving what was represented to them as a dispute based upon alleged racism and bigotry on my part. As regular readers of this space will recall, a month or two ago Mr. Cheek filed a grievance against me with that organization, claiming that my work here focuses on him based only on his race and other personal characteristics that I have not ever written about. Anyone who has known me personally for more than a few days understands that such accusations are utterly without merit. Continue reading “Put It In Writing”