Letters to the Editor from June 10

Road needs to be repaired
Dear Editor
Over the past few years that I have lived in North Carolina there have been many accidents on New Town Road. Unfortunately on May 17, the life of a young freshman was taken. After this incident and this morning the entire Cuthbertson High School student body pulled together and gathered in Paulo Pappa’s memory. New Town Road is long overdue for improvements in its construction and speed limit. As a group of fellow student’s and a family, we petition the community to support us in our endeavour to make our lives safer. No child deserves to die before they see what life has to offer, help us make our roads safe.
Patrick Narmi

Time to move on
The Historic Overlay that was proposed by the Waxhaw mayor and town staff for two plus years finally came to a vote at the May 24th Board of Commissioners meeting. The people had vehemently opposed the formation of a committee to enforce the guidelines they had created with the help of an organization out of Raleigh.  The public hearing was held at the Waxhaw School Gym with an overwhelming number of citizens speaking in opposition to the committee, the overlay, and guidelines that had been adopted by the proposed committee.
The Board of Commissioners voted in favor of the people and therefore the overlay was not adopted, but it appears it has left a town in turmoil with some, who wanted the overlay, to resort to filthy name-calling on FaceBook and other means of communication as well as local politicians roaming around town spreading the word that there were more ways to “skin a cat!” Clearly people in public office should not take a loss so personally, but should shrug it off and move on to more important matter; matters that are important and effective for “the people!” of this small, wonderful, historic, beautiful and poetic town. It takes a person of class to admit they were wrong and that the people have the right to make the decisions pertaining to their personal lives and property. My only comment to the town staff, mayor and commissioners is to move on.
Shell Holston
A long time resident of Waxhaw

Time to clean things up

Dear Editor,
You wouldn’t believe what people dump in lakes and creeks. You might find wrappers, toy guns, water heaters, and tires.
Believe me, I know. I cleaned up one mile of a nearby creek this weekend with my boy scout troop, Troop 118.
It is bad for the health of the animals that live in the water and also for the animals that drink the water. People should find other places to put trash, like their trash-cans.
Also bring oils and medicine, that are old, to trash dumps. The people at the trash dumps dispose of the stuff properly.
The people at the dumps are there for a reason. They want you to bring your trash to them. Your trash shouldn’t make a splash.
I hope people will learn to stop putting their trash in creeks and give it to their local trash dumps.
I felt sad to see so little fish in such a big creek. Keeping our creeks clean will prevent this from happening.
Jared Swing
Age 11
Union County

Marvin leaves everyone asking questions…
Dear Editor,
So, we hear Marvin finances are is disarray. Is anyone surprised? They’re looking for their fifth town administrator in the last year, they’ve gone through employee turnover totaling nine people in the last nine months and some members of town boards have also resigned. They are finishing up their seventh version of the budget, yet they’ve given themselves 40 percent raises that they proclaim are richly deserved. They’ve given the town planner (one year on the job) an 18 percent raise while individually evaluating the other staff members to determine the raises that they will get, and they’ve budgeted a 38 percent increase for the finance officer position. I don’t know about you, but these all seem like hefty increases when the rest of the world is cutting back to stay solvent. And, all this is being done while the State Legislature is about to outlaw forced annexations, which will have a chillingly negative effect on the taxes the Town expected to collect to support their extravagant spending habits.
They bought two fancy gas-powered off-road four-wheelers and they have budgeted $55,000 plus for a part time, off-duty police officer who will work six hours a day opening and closing their new park. Sounds like a sweet gig … great full time pay for a part-time job.
Here are a few questions people have been asking. What contractor has been hired to accomplish the renovation of the home on the park property to turn it into a town hall? Do any contractors working on the park have any personal or professional relationships with past or present town staff, council members or boards? How much was former councilwoman, then part-time employee Terri Patton paid during her 5-month term as Town Administrator? Will the new financial officer be responsible for collecting taxes? How much money has already been spent in the pursuit of the involuntary annexation that has dragged on for years? How much of the $20,210 budgeted for “professional services” is allocated to continuing the aggressive takeover of 1,455 properties? Why does town staff tell community newcomers that the town hasn’t decided whether the lake in Walden Pond will be ‘part of the park’ or not, when the pond is legally the private property of the Walden Pond HOA. Does the bank that loaned you $750,000 know that you’ve lost control of your finances and that the anticipated lost taxes from a potential failure in your the forced annexation attempt will have a disastrous impact on your future revenue stream?
Question, questions, questions. I know… you think you’re too busy to answer simple questions. Here’s one more; Why is it that the minutes of council meetings since October 12 , a total of seven months, have not been posted to the Marvin web site? Too busy, or you don’t want anyone reading what really goes on at Town Council meetings?
Unprofessional, arrogant and amateurish handling of Town business can be embarrassing. Failure to meet your obligations in the handling of Town financial resources might be considered something worse.
End your forced annexation attempt, get your financial house in order, and clean up your act and everyone will benefit.
Paul Schneider
Waxhaw, NC

Not the time to cut early voting

Dear Editor
Tommy Tucker, Union County’s State Senator and Crag Horn, a member of the House of Representatives from Union County, must believe voters are truly stupid. By using false information, both of these “honorable” men are attempting to limit the voting rights of many citizens.
Both men falsely claim that ID cards are necessary because of voter fraud. In fact, there has never been a creditable claim of voter fraud in Union County. These men are really interested in disenfranchising the elderly, minority and young voters. Their actions have nothing to do with voter fraud.
In addition, both men are supporters of reducing early voting by one week. They claim, as do most of their Republican colleagues, that this reduction of voting time will save money. In fact, it has been shown that cutting early voting time from two weeks to one week will increase costs, because more polling places will be needed to accommodate voters. Their true reason for reducing early voting is to make it difficult for hourly employees to get to a polling place.
Most Americans believe that making voting easy to accomplish is the “American Way”. After all, a great number of Americans have fought and died for the right to vote. Now, instead of encouraging more people to exercise their precious and hard fought right to vote, Sen. Tucker and Rep. Horn want to keep people away from the polls. For elected officials to try to block Americans from voting is nothing less than shameful.
Ed McGuire
Union County Democratic Party Chair

Missing the point
Dear Editor
As often happens, only half of the story and less of the facts are referenced in Mr. McGuire’s letter. Quite to the contrary to his assertions, I believe strongly that we have informed and responsible voters in Union County and that they see through the fog to the facts. I never claimed that “ID cards are necessary because of voter fraud.” Others may have, but I did not. I believe that photo ID is the right thing for North Carolina to protect and insure voting integrity.
Similarly, I do not believe that my record reflects in any way that I am “interested in disenfranchising the elderly, minority and young voters.” Again, quite the contrary; I have worked tirelessly to encourage voter involvement and popular participation in our community and our state. I supported the change in Early Voting for that very reason. Studies have clearly revealed that lengthy early voting does not enhance voter participation. As a matter of fact, these studies clearly revealed that Early Voting was utilized mostly by the wealthy and educated, not the elderly, minority and young voters. The bill reduces the Early Voting period from 16 voting days including one Saturday, to 10 days with two Saturdays and expands the hours into the weekday evenings and after noon on two Saturdays just for the “hourly employees to get to a polling place.” I stood at locations in Union County during the first week of Early Voting to see very few voters, many of whom commented about a waste time and money. It is entirely off base to suggest that this bill or my actions in any way denigrates “the great number of Americans” that “have fought and died for the right to vote.” That is the type of hyperbole that is not only disingenuous but also disservice to our voters.
Rep. Craig Horn

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