Jail Opponents Resorting to Unfair Tactics
I am writing in defense of Southern Software.
There has been a lot of passion and drama put forth by a small group of citizens concerning the jail expansion in Carthage. That's fine and well - if the facts are straight and not distorted to sway opinion. People have the right to oppose, protest, picket, write about, talk about or freak out about anything they wish. There are some things we are limited in saying in our free speech. We cannot yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. We cannot yell "Bomb!" on an airplane. And we cannot slander.
I am a Carthage town commissioner and feel that a line has been crossed that is inexcusable. Whatever the issue, I base my opinion on facts, and on how it will affect everyone concerned. I see the jail - or "detention center" - as a needed but unpopular thing. The Town Board voted 5-0 to accept the recommendations to build.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners actually did a slide presentation at its last meeting that corrected comments and accusations made by opponents to the detention center. There were so many that I asked for a copy of the presentation.
It makes me sick when people purposely give wrong information to gain favor to their opinion. I believe all those who have spewed the untruths from their mouths should apologize for misleading the public. I can't pinpoint who they are, because some use a screen name in a blog to do the dirty work - kind of like punching someone from behind and running.
I really don't care who they are; I just want them to tell the truth. I heard it said that "someone can post absolutely anything they want to on the Internet and people will believe it as the truth - unless they put "LOL" (laughing out loud) behind it. Unfortunately, that's probably pretty true.
The facts are laid out in the last edition of The Pilot, so I won't repeat most. But I will say that for a rational person even to think a company that has grown fairly large would benefit from its home county in an unfair manner is ludicrous.
Southern Software is in nine states. Listen, people, nine states! The company has more than 300 town police accounts in North Carolina alone, not to mention about 50 sheriffs' departments. Some people have falsely accused them of using the Moore County system as a "demo" site. How stupid is this allegation?
If I were in South Carolina, I would visit one of the sites closest to me to see what it was all about and to get an honest opinion of how it works. Moore County is surrounded by counties that use Southern Software. Chatham, Lee, Scotland and Anson Counties are a few. If someone visited the one here in Carthage, it was not set up by Southern Software. The sheriff can show anyone the system he wants. So can any other sheriff or police chief.
All in all, I am just disgusted that people will slander and use dramatic scare tactics to get the public to side with them. I, like so many others, will not accept the trash as good. If these same people would apologize to the ones they have misled, apologize to the ones falsely accused, and stick to the facts, I would be forgiving.
Lee McGraw is a member of the Carthage Town Board.
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