I try to avoid posting about state or national issues in this space, unless the issue in question will affect us down here at the local level. House Bill 294 would do just that. The official title of the bill is “An Act To Require That Every Election In The State Be Held As A Partisan Election“.
I don’t care what party you might affiliate with, but it seems to me that to any reasonable person this bill would be terrible for folks like us living in small rural communities across this great state. I mean, it’s bad enough that judges and sheriffs races are tangled up in partisan politics, but throwing school boards and municipal boards into that swamp can only end badly for everyone.
As I’ve said before, down here close to home we have to learn to put our party affiliations and such aside because the pool of talent we have to draw from in places like Ramseur is so small. If this bill were passed into law, municipal boards and others affected by it would have vacancies filled not by the sitting members, but instead appointed by the Executive Committees of the party of the person who resigned or passed away. Positions could be handed out to party donors without regard for qualifications, while ignoring potentially better qualified candidates.
If that wasn’t bad enough, imagine the problems unaffiliated candidates would face, having to constantly gather petition signatures just to get onto the ballot, not to mention the logistical nightmare that would be presented if an unaffiliated board member’s seat were vacated early. Who’s going to decide what unaffiliated person gets appointed to finish that unexpired term?
Please click through this link and read this bill yourself, and pressure our delegation in Raleigh not to support this terrible idea. Partisan politics has created more division in this country than any other issue in my lifetime. This bill only threatens to make the problem even worse.
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At the Board of Commissioners meeting that happened on April 1st, at the end of the night Commissioner Grant Cheek and Mayor Danny Shaw railed against a local citizen who posted a criminal records check about Mr. Cheek on social media. Cheek claimed that all of what was posted was false, while Shaw claimed that he searched his own name and found a long list of false charges against himself, so let’s set the record straight.
Here’s a link to the original record search I posted on my Facebook timeline, which was re-posted several times in several places by others. I’m not one to rely on questionable or inaccurate information, so I double checked my findings against searches on several other individuals I could verify, as well as a background check on myself, before I shared that link above with my friends. Continue reading “Setting Mr. Cheek’s Record Straight”
One of the first topics of discussion last Monday night, April 1st, had to do with the duties of our public works department, contracted out to Suez Environmental Services, Inc. since early 2017. Suez Environmental is a subsidiary of Suez North America, which is in turn a subsidiary of Suez Environment, a French-based utility company which operates largely in the water treatment and waste management sectors.
Commissioner Caudle brought this discussion before the board to address a lack of cooperation, bordering on obstruction, that she has experienced in trying to get someone on our payroll to keep the restrooms at Leonard Park stocked and clean. Leonard Park is a public park owned and operated by the Town of Ramseur. Watch the video of the discussion below. Continue reading “Ramseur He-Man Woman Haters Club”
Before I get too deep into breaking down the Board of Commissioners meeting held on April 1st, perhaps it might be best to address an ongoing issue that’s caused many rumours and much controversy in recent days: the rules surrounding yard waste pickup in Ramseur.
Our current policy regarding solid waste removal practices states, in bold print, “Tree stumps, tree trunks and limbs produced by landscape workers, tree trimmers or contractors doing such work will not be hauled or removed by town trucks.” That seems pretty clear to most reasonable people: if you cut it yourself the town will haul it away; if you hire someone to do it for you, the town will not. Continue reading “A Clear Abuse Of Power”