For the last two years, I was a council member for the village of Whispering Pines. I was doing so with a vision to represent, to the best of my ability, all residents. My intent was to continue to make this one of the best places to live in Moore County and help improve it if and where I could.

Last Monday, I resigned. Unfortunately, during recent events, my opinion differed enough from the others and I could not in good faith change my view. Recently, council members carried out actions and made decisions to which I was not privy. It seems members may have forgotten that the council acts as one body, and decisions acted upon cannot be done unless the authority to do has been authorized by all members.

In addition, and of recent, it appears that five or so residents (out of approximately 3,400) attempt to influence the council on how the village does business, for example, developing or modifying ordinances when they did not like the outcome of a council majority decision. That is quite a problem when a governing body sets a precedent that is not in the favor of the village.

I urge more residents of Whispering Pines to attend council meetings and get involved. In November, residents have a chance to vote in four council members, so get to know the candidates and vote.

Denise Racey, Whispering Pines

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