Opinions Vary Regarding Ramseur Voting

The issue of whether Ramseur’s election polls should remain at the municipal building or be moved to a more accessible location is not settled yet. The Board of Elections will meet again on September 10, and hopefully render a decision at that time.

On August 24, long time Ramseur polling official, Ray Albright, had a letter to the editor published in the print edition (August 26, online edition) of the Asheboro Courier-Tribune, defending the current location. I have re-printed his letter in full below.

Just when I thought things could not get any worse in our small, (used to be) friendly town of Ramseur, it has! Continue reading “Opinions Vary Regarding Ramseur Voting”

Mr. Mayor The Information Came From You

NOTE: This article has been updated to include a short online conversation that took place between Mayor Shaw and myself after publication.

Last Monday I published an article, Questionable Behavior Everywhere I Look, in which I detailed several disturbing behaviors by members of our Board of Commissioners and Mayor Shaw. One of the issues I covered in that post was a special meeting the mayor planned to call to interview two candidates for the town clerk position.

On Friday, August 23, I sent an email to all members of the board and the mayor requesting comment about this and several other issues our governing body has been wrestling with in recent weeks. I wrote, “[It] is my understanding that Mayor Shaw plans to call a special meeting for next Friday, knowing that at least one commissioner will be unavailable as we enter the Labor Day holiday weekend. Continue reading “Mr. Mayor The Information Came From You”

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


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

Making Money Should Never Be Government’s First Priority

About two years ago the video you see below was captured at one of our Board of Commissioners meetings. In the clip, Commissioner Grant Cheek says, “The town’s in the business of making money, so we need all we can get.”

That statement has bothered me since the first time I heard it, and reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of local government in our lives. Yes, we need all the money we can get, but it is not the business of a municipal government to focus on making money. Continue reading “Making Money Should Never Be Government’s First Priority”