To the Editor,
What a sweet moment it was when I opened The Robesonian to the editorial page and there they were … more letters addressing the same issue that I feel so concerned about, county commissioners’ compensation.
Although I was somewhat dismayed a couple weeks ago that my research and intent were questioned by the good reverend, the fact remains that the issue here is fixing something that is broken, not how long it has been broken or who broke it. I realize the pay and benefits package for the commissioners has been a bone of contention for many years, but maybe “we, the people” just didn’t speak loud enough in the past. That may be why Tom Taylor’s 10-year-long disagreement with the other commissioners failed to be addressed. Regardless of the timing, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Edge have found some common ground, which is what reaching across the aisle is all about. This type of negotiation is what leads to good “common sense” decisions and we must build on that.
And, how about this? Where are all the taxpayers who think the commissioners’ pay package is appropriate and in line with other counties of this fine state? Haven’t heard from them, have we? Are they just remaining silent or do they not exist? Food for thought, huh?
Also, in Tuesday’s editorial page, there was a letter touting Mr. Harrell as being a “true conservative.” This election, to me, is no longer about party affiliation or platform because over the past 30 years or so, it has become nothing but confusion on both sides. The candidate with the most character and the highest level of desire to help their fellow Americans is the one that should be supported.
While a letter to the editor is a great forum for stating your opinion, it is not meant to be a place for a candidate for office to smear his opponent, as Mr. Harrell did a couple weeks ago. This space should be available to the taxpaying citizens of Robeson County. This fine newspaper has plenty of advertising space available.