Letters to the Editor for September 23

Why I support Walker Davidson for Weddington mayor
Editor,
I am proud to announce my endorsement of Walker Davidson for Mayor of Weddington.
I have had the privilege of working with Walker over the past few years on both local and county issues. Unlike many political candidates who decide to run over one or two high profile issues, Walker has been involved in issues facing the citizens of Weddington for years. From zoning and development to fire service, taxation and debt, and utility services, Walker has been involved with and understands most of the challenges facing Weddington … not just the current most visible ones.
I can personally vouch for his determination, hard work, and attention to detail in every matter that he embraces. His honest and practical approach sets him apart from other candidates and he has consistently shown concern and commitment for the residents of the community and a willingness to listen to people’s problems.
Walker Davidson has never hesitated to ask the tough questions, always does his research, and has a willingness to shake things up and think outside the box in order to solve problems efficiently and effectively.
His skills are not limited to just the Weddington council. Walker has always maintained a receptive and friendly attitude towards officials, staff, and those with differing points of view. He is also able to work under pressure and has always managed to remain reasonable and composed in stressed situations.
Walker Davidson has the common-sense approach and drive needed to make a difference in the future of Weddington and it is always refreshing to see a candidate who is not afraid of a debate, a town hall meeting or a pointed journalistic question.
I cannot think of anyone more suited to the job.
Elections are only about a month away and you deserve a say in who runs your Town. Vote for Walker Davidson for Mayor of Weddington.
Tracy L. Kuehler
Union County Commissioner

Something to consider

Editor,
Sentencing in the Zahra Baker case was announced Thursday, Sept. 15. Murdering a child, dismembering the body and hiding the pieces was deemed to deserve a 15-year prison sentence. I was outraged to contemplate that a person who committed such a violent act, against a child no less, would one day in the not-to-distant future be freed. Never fear, the news told me: Elisa Baker will soon be sentenced for drugs, which carries a 100-year sentence. From the length of the sentences, it cannot be denied that being involved in drugs is considered by the State of North Carolina a much worse crime than murdering a little girl and chopping up her body.
It is hard for me to conceive of a society where this is the kind of priorities that exist in what is falsely called a “justice system”, but sure enough, I’m living in it, as I was reminded Sept. 15th. Some would be quick to counter that this kind of a case is the exception and not the rule. I would deem that statement to be fertilizer. How many times have we heard of murders getting light sentencing? Child molesters getting probation? Repeat rapists and thieves? This happens more than any of us care to remember. While these kinds of crimes are treated as less than the most serious, we lock up drug offenders as if they are the murderers. However, there is one huge difference between non-violent drug offenders and the previously mentioned violent crimes: while drug offenders, whether users or dealers, do not force anyone else to buy or use drugs, little girls like Zahra Baker certainly were not allowed to decide whether they were murdered or not.
It is my hope that people begin to ask themselves how things got this way. If an honest answer is reached, then the blame will be spread around to nearly everyone. This has happened over the course of decades, but of course it starts at the top with our elected officials, as they are the ones who have created these policies. They have essentially told us that there’s always room in prison and resources available for the drug offenders, but for murderers and child molesters, not so much. The blame also falls on prosecutors, as they choose which cases are prosecuted and how far. It is very easy to post a quick score with a drug offender who was caught with the goods, whereas murder and molestation cases are much messier and much harder and more time-consuming to prove. Finally, none of these types of people would be in office if not elected. Yes, the voters and the people are ultimately responsible for Zahra’s life being worth only 15 years. As ignorance of a law is not allowed to be a defense in court, so shall ignorance of what candidates stands for not be allowed as a basis for the denial of our current reality. As of Sept. 15, the verdict is in.
Brandon Derr
Monroe

Get out and vote

Editor,
From Waxhaw to Washington we are heading into the campaign chaos of 2011, and will be overwhelmed with flyers, flags, posters and promises coming at us on all sides. If you have never been involved in local or national politics I urge you to at least do a lot of reading, checking facts from fiction, and asking questions of those people who are vying for a seat on a board and determine for yourself if they will best represent you and your ideas, because there is a lot of government, too much in fact, that neither represents you nor me, but their own self-gratification.
Waxhaw has a few new faces we should get to know. For the past two years I have watched the current board at work, therefore realize some of those seated do not represent the majority of the people. When they were presented with a petition signed by a majority of their constituents telling them what “We the People” wanted, three out of the six, including the mayor, refused to stand with the people! These are the candidates we want to keep out of a position of representation because they can’t seem to separate themselves from the position.
We need to watch carefully what the person is doing in her or his personal life which will usually relate to the kind of principals they will amplify while in public office. When a seat is filled by a unknown we rely on our friends, at times, and I can say conclusively that has not served us well. We need good, honorable, people filled with integrity who will pledge to serve the people!
Two seats on the board of commissioners of Waxhaw are to be filled this November and three people will campaign for them, as well as, the position of the mayor, with three prospective candidates for that position. Some of the candidates I have not had the chance to talk with, but I do know Phillip Gregory as well as Mike Stewart, both of whom impress me with their candid, straightforward ideas and having watched Phillip Gregory fill a mid-term vacancy I am assured he is absolutely the best for one of those seats.
Again I urge you to get out and find out for yourself who will best serve you!
Shell Holston
Waxhaw

New solid waste provider and new drop-off center starts Oct. 1st
Editor,
Last week, the Indian Trail Town Council approved an agreement that would allow Waste Pro USA to take over all of Indian Trail’s residential solid waste and recycling services from Action Garbage Service until July 31, 2012. Waste Pro USA is a large southeast region solid waste and recycling service provider. Locally, they provide service to the city of Concord, NC and the city of Belmont, NC, and they are hoping to expand their market in the Charlotte area. They will be based within the town limits of Indian Trail (3901 Gribble Rd), and we welcome them as a new business.  Our new provider, at the Town Council’s request, will introduce several new services and the Town has also reduced our overall costs of solid waste service.
I’ve had some questions about what will change when our new provider begins its solid waste and recycling service on Oct. 1. We believe the solid waste service will improve due to the new equipment investment by Waste Pro USA, and a focus to convince Indian Trail it wants to be our long time service provider. There should be no service interruption and we ask that residents put out there solid waste, recycling, and yard waste materials out on the same day and same time.
The Town Council is offering this as a free service for Town residents. On Oct. 1, any Indian Trail resident may bring any solid waste and/or recycling materials to Waste Pro USA place of business on 3901 Gribble Road. Gribble Road is directly off of Indian Trail Road towards Stallings Road. When you drop off materials at Waste Pro USA, you will need a valid NC driver’s license with your current Indian Trail address. Waste Pro will have this drop-off site open during regular business hours during the week, and a limited schedule on Saturday. This schedule will be posted on our website before October 1st. Since this is a new service for the Town, we expect a few bumps in the implementation of this program. Please contact Susan at the Town at 704-821-8114, if you have any questions.
Waste Pro USA will also start two additional free services for town residents. First, they will pick-up holiday Christmas trees at no cost during a set time. This time will be published before December 1st. Also, the town will provide a ‘Community Clean-up Day’ in the spring for residents to bring any solid waste and recycling materials. We are also appreciative of Waste Pro being a strong sponsor of our Piedmont Folklife Festival in October.
Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible. However, if you need any assistance, please feel free to always contact me directly at 704-821-5401. Thank you for your help to make Indian Trail a great place to live, work, learn and play.
Joseph A. Fivas
Town Manager
Town of Indian Trail

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