Respect for the Military Veterans in Indian Trail

Union County Pulse

First I would like to tell you a little about myself.  I am a Navy retiree with over 26 years on active duty and served in country Vietnam on swift boats.  I therefore have seen combat.  After retirement from the Navy, I went to work teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and retired after 16 years.  That means that I have proudly worn the uniform of the United States Navy for over 42 years.

I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, and I believe the time has come to fight against those domestic enemies.  It all started when I wrote an e-mail on July 23, 2011 to members of the Indian Trail Town Council about the ABC store.  In the e-mail I asked questions and quoted NC state statutes.  I received responses from two members of the Indian Trail Town Council, Mr. Allen and Ms. Luther in official town e-mail.  This is what I received from Mr. Allen:

“Art, I’ve never professed to being a politician so I’ll keep this direct and brief. Someone is capitalizing on your passion. Short version you are being used for sensationalism and media exposure and they have you hook line and sinker. You will discover eventually that you are wrong; however I also know you will never admit it to yourself nor will the other Quinnites.

My dear departed Grandfather always said “Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it!”

I feel that this was very disrespectful and most inappropriate.  Mr. Allen is on record that his quote was incorrect it was not from his grandfather but George Bernard Shaw.  I also received the following from Ms. Luther which I will have to paraphrase due to length but will provide all of the e-mail to anyone who would like it:

“Mr. Spurr,

The ABC Board is indeed following state statutes according to the statement of the ABC Commission, contrary to Mayor Quinn’s media frenzy, as is his typical M.O.  John Quinn needs to stop making problems where there aren’t any.  It would be nice if Mr. Quinn used his energy in a positive way for once instead of tearing down the positive efforts and contributions of others.”

When Ms. Luther was trying to explain the reason for not having a dedicated law enforcement officer she stated: “there is not a time limit placed on this, and for our mayor to be running around proclaiming otherwise, at the expense of those who have stepped up to serve and serve well on our board, is a complete disservice to this community.  I obviously cannot give a legal opinion as I am not an attorney, but all this smells to me like pre-election hype–making stories when there are none.”

This was also very disrespectful not only to me but also to the elected mayor of Indian Trail.

I have since become very involved with what has been happening within Indian Trail government.  What I have noticed is that I am not the only veteran/citizen of Indian Trail that has had this kind of treatment from the same two members of the town council.  We have been compared to Timothy McVeigh, called terrorists, and numerous other names not only via official e-mails, but also on live radio…  We all swore the same oath and have and are willing to give our lives for the freedom that we enjoy, but we should never be treated in this manner by elected officials. That when you get down to it they work for us.

When the VFW made a presentation at the council meeting Jan. 24, for the Vietnam Moving Wall, which will be in Indian Trail on June 14 to 18 (I recommend that everyone visit this wall),  I once again asked for an apology during the public comments just before this presentation. Mr. Allen made the following comments after the presentation: “He had friends who came back from Vietnam being different and the respect he has for those who served”. Yet he and Ms. Luther snub their noses at three veterans who are Indian Trail residents. Does this make the both of them hypocrites?

I also believe that rights without responsibility will cause the downfall of a nation and the definition of maturity is to do the right thing just because it is the right thing to do.  If this is true then Mr. Allen and Ms. Luther need to do the right thing and apologize not only to me, Mr. Quinn, Mr. Baer, and Mr. Faulkenberry, but also to all veterans and the entire town of Indian Trail both orally at a council meeting but publicly via the newspaper for their misconduct.

Arthur T. Spurr

OSCS USN(Ret)

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