To the Editor,
There are again issues in our community, county, state and nation that need to be addressed. The Robesonian is constantly printing valuable information that we need to read and become familiar with what is happening to us. I believe now is a good time to discuss some of these issues with our legislative leaders if the opportunity avails itself.
We all are interested in a place where we can learn, grow and achieve economic success while raising our families. One subject we all should be concerned about is how the Medicaid cuts threaten our local hospital and the clinics and how this will affect your family.
Education funding is another. Another ongoing complaint is that public and public-supported agencies are creating jobs and filling vacancies without proper advertisement or announcements. We also feel that prerequisites for employment should be clear, concise and stated before applicants are submitted. Procedures for seeking and submitting applications should be made clear to would-be applicants.
There is also the feeling that when some positions are announced, it is only a formality. It seems that we are still operating in the past, when it was not how qualified you are but who you know or what relation you are to the person doing the hiring. The job market is being flooded with returning college graduates. We hope and pray that those are seeking employment in our county will have the assurance that they have been afforded just consideration both public and private entities.
When forums are held for candidates make every effort to attend. Make your community aware of the place and time. Go listen to the candidates. Note how candidates respond to questions of concern to you. We are just before electing people who will be controlling hundreds, maybe thousands, of jobs and maybe the future of your graduating son or daughter — sheriff, school board member, county commissioner, senator, state or national representative. Make it your business to know these people. Ask yourself these questions: What have their hiring practices been in the past? How do they influence the job market, education , health services, school services, government, industry and business in general? How have they affected your quality of life? Can you see any visible evidences of your needs being addressed? Do you vote? We believe that we are our brother’s keeper and whatever affects one, affects all.
Wyatt Johnson is a former long-time member of the Lumberton City Council — editor.