Education, Public Safety, Better Government, and Lower Taxes are the reason you should choose me.
October 18, 2010
Joe Garrison, You know nothing about me except a few out of context quotes in the paper. I think the Jail is a great idea, I even told Jimmy and Larry that I thought the design was a good one. I told the three individuals from the Pilot that I was pleased to see that, with this design, we have learned from our own and other county's mistakes. I support Law Enforcement with every fiber of my being, I have friends on the Sheriffs Department and many friends in various law enforcement around Moore County. In fact Mr. Garrison, I purchased the materials and did everything I could for my Nephew, Justin Garner, so he could attend Basic Law Enforcement Training. We all know how that worked out don't we? I would support the building of this Complex as well, if the people were allowed to endorse it with a referendum and it wasn't being built in the middle of Carthage and we hadn't spent $300,000 more than the land it is being built on was worth and Mr. Garrison, there is no room for a legitimate Courts Facility on this property because someone did not do their due diligence before we bought it to determine if it was possible to build the complex that we actually needed. I listened to members of the Sheriffs office say that transportation of prisoners from the Jail to the Court was a very serious safety concern. Well, given that we can not build a Court House on this property without taking or purchasing surrounding property, this can only add to our costs for the project. How can this be better for our Deputy Sheriffs who transport these prisoners? If we were to purchase a property where the county needs could be taken care of without further sending the County into the debt stratosphere, and make it safer for our hard working Deputy Sheriffs, why wouldn't we? If this is going to happen anyway and we have no say so in the matter, why not build the Court complex and the Sheriffs Office on the same property and remodel the courthouse to house the 911 center? Everything is taken care of, money is saved, and everyone in Law Enforcement, including the Courts, are happy and satisfied. Common sense that is missing from the three who hold the power and pull the strings. I think, they must be pulling your strings as well.
We save this money, we are able to build better schools, staff these schools, creating good jobs for our County. With good and adequate schools, we attract more families thus, create more good paying Housing, Real Estate, and Construction JOBS.
THIS COMMON SENSE, CONSERVATIVE, APPROACH TO SPENDING WILL ULTIMATELY LEAD TO MORE RETAIL JOBS AS WELL AS MANY MORE JOBS THAT WILL ALLOW THE COUNTY TO GROW IN A POSITIVE WAY AND ULTIMATELY DELIVER WHAT WE ALL WANT. THAT IS A GOOD QUALITY OF LIVING FOR OURSELVES AND OUR NEIGHBORS AS WELL AS LOWER, DID YOU HEAR THAT?, LOWER TAXES FOR ALL OF US HERE IN MOORE COUNTY
Now the record is set straight. The article in the Pilot did not include the qualifying statements before and after each quote that was attributed to me. I am not saying that what was said was not said by me, I am saying that it was very much taken out of context and did not truly or fully explain my position on this particular issue.
The Pinebluff ETJ extension was only the subject of the issue of which brought about a very much larger issue that prompted me to seek this office. The actual ETJ extension has no bearing on the reason I decided to run. What did make this decision even easier was the fact that our representative on the Board made up his mind well before we even had a chance to put the issue before the whole Board. He had discussed this issue with at least one other Board member who said "Jimmy Melton is passionate about this issue and I will not go against Jimmy." Those were the words that prompted my concern and outrage. It was my belief that our County Commissioners were elected on their own and were supposed to listen to both sides of an issue before it was decided. I knew that this was not the case in this instance, and given their past voting tendencies, was not the case in very many issues. As Tax Payers, we need Independent Thinkers on our County Board and we were not then and are not now getting what we deserve. We deserve better than YES men.
If the good people of Moore County choose me on Election day, that is exactly what they will be getting!!!!
By the way, I do not have to make anyone else look bad to make myself look good. I say, go to the comments and the public records and you will see that I do not need to do anything of say anything for that to be taken care of all by itself.