To the Editor,
As a resident born and raised in Robeson County and having lived in Lumberton most of my life, I consider patronizing local businesses as my way of giving back to the community that made me who I am. Although I have traveled to many places as a veteran of the Armed Forces and a federal employee, I find myself bypassing businesses that can accommodate the same needs I may have to frequent those in my hometown.
So it is distasteful when one of those local businesses renders a defective or faulty product, good or service with the willful intent to deceive and lie to me as a customer. It is even more disappointing to know that this business is owned by an individual who is serving as a councilman.
Although personal business and the business of running a district are different, to be successful they both require one important ingredient — ethics. I hold my local councilman to that standard and as a resident of the city I hold local businesses to that same standard.
I will say to all those that own local businesses and hold a public office that there should be no double standard and to also examine yourself personally and professionally before considering to run for office in the future.
Geoff M. Wells