In response to The Pilot’s Sunday “Seeing Double on Birdies and Bogeys,” I want to set the record straight. The main reason I resigned from the Whispering Pines Village Council had to do with decisions made behind the scenes involving the other council members.

I took the oath of office very seriously in honoring the village of Whispering Pines’ code of ethics and North Carolina statutes. I chose not to have my name attached to a council whose actions were questionable and made decisions to which I was not privy nor had a say. A governing council must act as a collective body.

The following is from the electronic version of “The Pitch,” a Whispering Pines local newspaper, on June 19, 2019: According to Councilwoman Heddings, there will be no interim appointment for the 4+ months until November elections for Ms. Racey’s seat. “We don’t want to give any new person (who might decide to run) a leg up at this point.”

Again, this type of action should be discussed in a public meeting format first with the residents present and not in printed media. My previous statement of “It has more to do with the running of the village and personnel decisions,” revolves around the council making decisions in which I was not involved.

The subject matter is not relevant, but the process is. That is why council’s official actions are made as one and not as individuals or a subset of the whole. Your “Bogey” opinion comment was taken out of context.

Denise Racey, Whispering Pines

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Chris Smithson

As a former local elected official (SP 10 years) and someone often at odds with their editorial board, I begrudgingly agree with their editorial here. If you take your oath and responsibility to the people seriously, the reasons you state you are quitting should be the reasons you stay on board and point out and scream bloody murder about the improprieties. After all, they say, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good (people) to do nothing.”

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