Letters to the Editor for November 11

Congrats to all the candidates

Editor,

I want to thank all of the voters who came out to vote in the Indian Trail election, no matter who they voted for. All candidates should be commended in participating in the process of democracy that many people still do not have the opportunity to experience. Everyone will never agree on every issue or candidate by any means. Because we live in the greatest country on Earth we can agree to disagree, still shake hands, and remain civil. I urge all candidates who won to be fair, ethical, and willing to listen to all of the Indian Trail residents with their concerns! Become involved in helping residents when it is necessary! To the candidates who did not succeed this election, still hold your head up high. You have nothing to be ashamed of and please run again in the future if you feel you can still make a difference. Who knows? The next time just might be your turn to win and to continually lead Indian Trail into the future.

Michael Faulkenberry

Indian Trail

Time to turn the page

Editor,

Election Day has come and gone, leaving behind a new council for Indian Trail. I want to thank all the candidates for their work on the campaign trail and just because they care enough about the town to actually step into the ring. Now, it’s time to move on. Regardless of who said what on the campaign trail, or what fights the previous council and mayor had, that’s in the past now. We have a new council, a new mayor and it’s time to look to the town’s future. Residents voted to widen Monroe Road and improve streets and sidewalks. Sounds like a good place to start.

Randy Turner

Indian Trail

To the town of Weddington…

On Aug. 10, I filed notice as a candidate for the election to the office of council member in the town of Weddington and therein embarked on what would be an amazing journey. I had never sought an elected position and with each day came an education that will serve me well.

I am most grateful for the people I have met the past three months. I am honored with the support I have received and especially for the friendships I have gained. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person I have had the pleasure to meet and please know how much each one of you mean to me.

Having visited neighborhoods and driven roads I never knew existed, I have fallen in love all over again with Weddington. What a beautiful and exceptional town we live in!

With this win I am humbled and take very seriously the responsibility of the position. It was because of your support and hard work that I was successful. It will be because of your continued engagement with the issues facing Weddington that we continue to be successful – this is our seat at the table!

Let’s get started!

Pam Hadley

Weddington council member-elect

Thanks for the hard work

Editor,

I want to thank the staff at the Union County Weekly for outstanding coverage of this year’s municipality elections! Every mayor and council race was covered in great detail, giving the voters much needed information to make an informed and responsible choice.

I would also like to thank all the candidates, those who were elected and those who lost. It takes a lot of courage and commitment to throw your hat into the ring and try to make a difference. They gave of themselves, sacrificing time and money for their community and should be commended! All the candidates ran good races, and kept the focus on the issues. Each candidate should be proud of their campaigns.

I am reminded of this quote from President Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

John Steward

Chairman- Union County Republican Party

Time to wake up in Marvin….

Editor,

The residents of Marvin and surrounding areas have no idea who is running the village. If they knew more, they’d change things or disband the village entirely in the interest of maintaining their own reputations.

Three current council members stated publicly they are against forced annexation. Anthony Burman and Ron Salimao ran on a platform against forced annexation. When questioned at a public forum at Marvin Ridge High during the campaign, they said publicly that they were against forced annexation. Only last week at a political meeting. Mr. Burman felt it necessary to loudly announce that “I was not on the council when the annexation ordinance was enacted.” Sounds to me like he’s trying very hard to distance himself from this forced annexation. Ross Overby recently said he was against forced annexation at a Woodhall homeowners association meeting.

If three of the five council members are truly against forced annexation, why not rescind the ordinance? It’s actually three out of four since the mayor only votes in case of a tie. Hypocrisy is not fashionable or admirable. It’s disgusting and shameful to those of us who still value truthfulness and honesty.

Why are they afraid to stand up for what they espouse by immediately rescinding the annexation ordinance? A simple phone call to their village paid lawyer and they could regain their souls. Is it too late for them?

What happened to honesty, integrity, standing up for what’s right and what you said you felt, or said you would do? How can these folks look themselves in the mirror or greet their neighbors without feeling shame?

The first step for residents of this area is to sign their petitions to deny, sending the Council the clear and strong message that they will not be abused, that the council needs to clean up their act, and that the council should think long and hard about right and wrong. Petitions to Deny annexation can be obtained at the Board of Elections of at denyannexation@aol.com

Time is running out. The Nov. 29 deadline is just around the corner.

Paul Schneider

resident of unincorporated Union County

Do something before the month’s over

Editor,

Before residents decide to “to do nothing” (as Marvin has suggested to the property owners they intend to annex), it would behoove them to check out the plans for the greenway and horse trails. Visit the Village of Marvin’s web site and become informed. Click on “Greenway Master Plan”. Will it go through their neighborhood? Read the Action Plan. How does Marvin intend to fund this project? Additional tax levied on homeowners? Do they know what “eminent domain” means? Where are the ‘open spaces’ Marvin intends to “protect”? Perhaps in these subdivisions? Are people aware that they will be required to register their security alarm? Check out the ‘false alarm’ ordinance, and all the other ordinances Marvin has. All this is really just the tip of the iceberg- only when it begins to melt will they realize what they’re swimming in.

When you choose to do nothing, you’ll essentially get nothing! Marvin has been quite clear that they do not intend to offer any services. That is not in their game plan, and never was. The hiring of one police officer for 40 hours a week was to fulfill the “letter of the law” so they could attempt this annexation. According to Mayor Pro Tem Ron Salimao, Marvin offers zoning, planning, greenways, horse trails and a park.

The state legislature recognized that forced annexation statues allowed municipalities (like Marvin) to focus on what the areas outside the municipalities (that’s all of us being annexed) would do for the municipality, rather than what the municipality was empowered to provide for those areas. In other words, We have more to offer Marvin (our money & our open spaces and they want it) than Marvin offers us: 1 police officer! That’s why the laws regarding forced annexation are changing, and they will continue to change.

Exercise your right to continue living where you have chosen to live: in unincorporated Union County. Send in your ‘Petition to Deny” now! If you have misplaced your petition, contact denyannexation.com.

Lila Glankler

Unincorporated Union County

Glad for Planning Board decision

I would like to commend the six members present during the Union County Planning Board meeting Nov. 1 for a unanimous vote in favor of recommending Union County follow North Carolina General Statutes concerning agritourism.

I have personally spoken with several representatives, which have been sponsors of law implemented as regulating authority inside our state. I had one specific question I wanted answered as I spoke with each official. I asked about language used when attempting to convey meaning of law passed for use in our state. Without reservation, each representative provided the same answer, and that was when laws were finalized the attempt was to use the simplest form of the American English language to describe precisely what the law was imparting.

The laws are written in simple form for the reason of allowing the average person to read and comprehend what the law is defining. This is to keep any individual with reasonable knowledge of sentence structure and word defining skills from acquiring an attorney to decipher a law’s meaning.

Government officials are usually not confident in their ability to define written law; therefore, it is very intelligent on their part to always seek help from their legal counsel. This keeps their county positions and political careers from being endangered by what could be considered an improper decision. They can use their attorneys as a scapegoat if it becomes necessary to answer for a failed policy or mishandled difficulty. They can always say, “this is what our attorneys advised us to do in this situation, and we must adhere to their legal directions.” You could say this is a very good insurance policy to keep a politician or government official from accepting responsibility for their actions.

The Union County Planning Board now in place is the first board of either elected or appointed officials I’ve seen make a decision of this magnitude and not ask the county’s legal staff to hold their hands through the process. I think this says a great deal for the amount of intelligence and backbone the gentlemen on this board possess.

I’ve made the statement more than once, “the people that would make the best leaders for our country, are not the people who want to be involved in politics, but the people God allowed to be blessed with good common sense.” Where the problem arises is that the people with common sense do not want to be involved with career politicians who feel the need to barter with citizen’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Reid Phifer

Marshville

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