Union County Pulse
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
I’m writing this in response to the endless editorials being submitted by the same few people, and most specifically those appearing last week.
According to Art Spurr, I am anti-veteran, and have called him a “terrorist” and a “pig.” For the record, all of these statements are blatant lies.
According to him, he says after 26 years of active service in the Navy, he’s never been so offended in his entire life as he was with my comments. Sorry Art, that dog won’t hunt and those with military experience won’t buy it either. I heard worse at Boy Scout Camp.
At almost every council meeting, Mr. Spurr proceeds to the podium and regurgitates his well-stretched version of my email response to him, where I referenced a George Bernard Shaw quote that my granddaddy used to say to me about dealing with an aggressively contentious person: I wrote, “My dear departed grandfather always said, ‘Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.’” That was the exact comment I wrote. The meaning of this is obvious; when someone wants to drag you into their mudslinging ring, don’t do it. You will not win, and you give the other person exactly what they want. Yet Art repeatedly tells the story exactly like this: “He called me a pig!’’ He’s been spreading to the public that version of my comment since last fall when I wrote it, and he will not let it go.
Can we ever stop this insanity? I am not your domestic enemy.
Last month, Councilman Waddell made a motion to add a deputy now and to look at adding another after reviewing the budget, since this is a process we will be entering into next month. Sounded perfectly reasonable to me–and evidently to everyone else on the council, as it passed unanimously; yet Michael Faulkenberry takes exception to me.
Because I want to review the budget and see what the impact is before I commit to hiring additional deputies, Faulkenberry says I am “idiotic.” Reality is, we have to work within our budget, just like any household. If the funds are not there to pay for everything we want, then we need to determine priorities, which a large part of that for me is referring to what the residents want most—as reflected in the town survey. He’s right about one thing; I am all about “boots on the ground.” Prevention is far better than a detective standing over the tape outline of a body. When we are going down the road and see a patrol car, most of us glance at our speedometer.
The sad part is the opinions of these few fly directly into the face of the results of the town survey which, makes it very clear what the majority of Indian Trail residents wants–and it is so far from this malarkey it’s not funny.
First was addressing traffic and congestion. Second, planning for town growth. Third was managing town growth. Fourth was maintenance of town streets. Fifth was the quality of trash/recycling/yard waste services. Sixth was the quality of public safety services. All 14 items can be reviewed in their entirety on the website. It also indicates that 74 percent of the residents were satisfied with the quality of local law enforcement. It further states that the residents feel safe at home and when they go out during the day and evening.
Also, according to stats provided by Union County Sherriff’s Office and under our current conditions, response times have dropped significantly. That said, yes I do want to look at the budget before deciding to hire additional deputies. The residents told me so and the current data says it is not their priority, nor does there appear to be imminent danger. What they want now is less congestion and better roads. Do I think we should be proactive on the subject of public safety? Yes!
Additionally, he says I am “willing to give millions of tax dollars for any highway improvement planning for state roads that comes [my] way.” Yet, the decision to give money toward widening Old Monroe Road was made by the residents of Indian Trail when they voted in favor of the Bond referendum. You may not like it, Mr. Faulkenberry, but the residents of Indian Trail have spoken. Now it’s my job to try to make it happen as soon as is humanly possible.
He further states that “building a Walmart beside a Sam’s Club would provide the same size result [as the theatre project] anywhere on the east coast.” I would really like to see Faulkenberry’s credentials on economic development and law enforcement. If he simply thinks the “result” is in the value of the building project itself, then he obviously is lacking in his understanding of economic development. This theatre complex will be a destination; people will be coming to Indian Trail, drawn from other areas, to spend their money here. A Walmart is frequented primarily by local residents, whereas the theater brings in money that would not otherwise have been spent here, plus our local residents. How many Walmarts do we have on Hwy 74 alone? Which one do you go to? Probably the closest one.
This is not a personality contest. We were elected to serve all the residents of Indian Trail. We are not here to serve only a half dozen or so people who only want to tear down and destroy our efforts. Their real opposition isn’t what we are doing; it’s that we are doing it. Frankly, I don’t care what you think of me personally. I’m here to do the job I was elected to do.
Indian Trail council member