To the Citizens of Indian Trail
For the past three years, it has been a privilege and an honor to serve you on the Indian Trail Town Council. During my campaign in 2007, I stated that Indian Trail could be one of the top ten places in the United States of America for families. Well, you proved it! In 2009, Family Circle magazine named Indian Trail, North Carolina, along with nine other towns as the “Top 10 Best Towns for Families”.
My family and I have enjoyed living in such a wonderful community, however all good things must come to an end. Recently, I was offered a career opportunity that would bring us closer to family. After careful thought and prayer, my wife and I decided that accepting the offer was the right decision for our family. This new opportunity will require us to move out of Indian Trail. As a result, I will be resigning my office as a member of the Town Council of Indian Trail.
To all of those who have supported me throughout my time in office, I offer my sincere appreciation. Indian Trail is a special place and I will miss the many friends and acquaintances I have here. Indian Trail will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope that someday, our paths will cross again.
Town of Indian Trail, NC
Is common sense missing here?
Its funny how things work. During the last campaign, our new county commissioners talked about how they were sure there was fat in the county budget. There were all these things that could be trimmed without hitting important parts like our schools. Now here we are. One year later, the commissioners prepare a budget but where’s the fat? Where are these cuts that were so easily seen? I voted for all three of the new commissioners, because I thought they would actually help streamline the process and run the government efficiently. Where is the efficiency? Do you mean to tell me the “fat” they talked about was trimming the school system? How does that help our county at all?
I live in a rural community. We don’t have grand skyscraper schools. Now my kids won’t have a media assistant or a Spanish teacher next year and will actually get less money spent on them. It’s simple math. Take the same amount of money, add more students and it means less is being spent on each child’s education.
Time for some changes to fire service
I understand where Commissioner Thomas is coming from, when he says he’s only trying to be fair in taxing government buildings and churches for fire service. The fire departments have to be funded somehow and at least three of them seem to be in severely poor shape, financially. While I think we could do without charging the church, why aren’t government buildings charged now? Some towns don’t contribute one dime to the fire departments in their city limits, yet get upset when response times are higher than they want.
I was always told you can’t have it both ways. You can’t expect quality service without paying for it. If you cut back on how much you charge, just to make people happy, in the end the whole county suffers. Where do you think the money comes from, when the county has to subsidize a department? Tax dollars. It’s time to go to these towns and force them to pay up.
Voter fraud is a concern
When I voted during in the last national election I chose to vote early at the library in Monroe and was completely amazed I only had to tell the attendant my name and address. I ask if she needed a drivers license to which she replied that was not required. Clearly I could have been anyone other that whom I said. I could have gotten the name and address out of the white pages. I called the voter registrar office and stated my objections, but was told that was the law.
Now it appears Rep. Craig Horn and Sen. Tommy Tucker are trying to make sure that “voter fraud” doesn’t happen in this state and I applaud this effort because even though, as Mr. Ed McGuire, has commented there has been no “creditable claim of voter fraud” I can assure you there is a wide open window for just that, and it was reported during the last election.
We all know, by the limited press reports, that there was voter fraud nationwide and no one has been called to task about it as of yet. I can’t understand why Mr. McGuire, who is the Chairmen of the Union County Democratic Party, would object to a law that would assure the legal American voter his right to vote by the usage of a picture ID which would curtail the probability of voter fraud. This would not block any true American from voting, but would assure them their vote was cast only by them.
Partisan politics sometime is just a stumbling block to reasonable laws that protect this nation of inside and outside dangers and it is plain to see how this could be an obvious way an illegal alien could vote any number of times, hold public office, and destroy this Nation from the inside. No, Mr. McGuire you are wrong in this situation and I for one, will support anyone who will make this law national.
A long time Waxhaw Resident and legal American Citizen