To the Editor,
In an earlier letter to the editor prior to the release of County Manager Ricky Harris’ study on the commissioners’ pay and benefits, I noted that no study was required. After reviewing the study, I continue to stand by my comments and insight on its necessity. Mr. Harris’ provided fiscal information to the commissioners they were already privy to from The Robesonian. I noted then that the commissioners should take the information they already had, show leadership, and initiate fiscal reform. They did not take that advice.
Now they have received the report and the Citizens for Integrity in Government is watching to see if any fiscal reform is taken.
As a citizen of District 5, my county commissioner is Mr. Raymond Cummings. He took the lead in obtaining an arbitrary and unanimous vote to support the mine operation in Philadelphus while ignoring the citizens of that community he should be honored to represent. We expect him to show equal leadership on the issue of fiscal reform and guide the commissioners to another unanimous vote for reform while rebuilding his reputation with we the citizens of District 5.
Raymond, will you accept the challenge and lead on this issue? The citizens of District 5 are watching as well as all the Citizens for Integrity in Government.
Winning with a little over 100 votes may be a win, but it’s not a mandate. The days of running unchallenged as occurred this fall may be a thing of the past unless you show some leadership.
Lynn E. Locklear
Citizens for Integrity in Government