A recent Republican men’s breakfast with City Manager Doug Paris in attendance was captured on video. Watching the video should be a prerequisite for every Rowan County voter. This one 20-minute video shows you everything you need to know about the county commissioners. The fact two elected officials would act in such an unprofessional manner was not only disgusting, it was embarrassing as a Rowan County resident.
My wife and I moved back to Rowan County a few years ago to start our family. I was working with a “big four” accounting firm at the time when the decision was made to move closer to our family and friends. As a young professional, I was willing to make the sacrifice. But seeing this video, along with all the other county drama, has me concerned. Who would want to raise a family in a place where local leaders conduct themselves in this manner? Why would any young professional, like myself, move to Rowan County with leaders that act this unprofessional?
The conduct of Mr. Sides and Mr. Pierce reflects upon residents of this community, and frankly it is embarrassing. The attitudes shown by the two county commissioners are not what we need to make Rowan County a better place to raise a family or start a business. This county is suffocating under the arrogance and narcissism of the county commissioners. It is time for some fresh air. It is time to get Rowan County growing. If Mr. Sides and Mr. Pierce are not willing to change, it is time for them to step down.
— Drew Davis
“So as far as those concerns you have (on) a piece of paper and I’ll tell you what you can do with that piece of paper.” That is something that a grade-school child would say, not a county commissioner with a camera and an open mike.
Doug Paris probably has more sense than someone who spent $25,000 to get elected. Commissioner Pierce has no right telling City Manager Paris that it is none of his “damn business.” As a taxpayer, Paris has the right. I am a taxpayer — are you going to tell me “it is none of my business”?
I do not understand Mr. Pierce knocking the city when he has his business here. I, for one, would never buy anything from him again. I, for one, think buying the mall is stupid. The repair bill will probably cost more than building the school office building.
One more thing. I do not know Mr. Barber, but I think he has more input about the mall and should be heard, not shut out by Mr. Pierce; after all, he was elected same as Pierce, and I don’t think he spent $25,000!
— Lenny Wolfe
Meals on Wheels of Rowan, Inc. has moved our office to a new location. Our office is located at 1307 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer. We are having a ribbon cutting at 12 noon on Friday, Nov. 8, with an open house to follow from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Come early for a hotdog; we’ll be serving while supplies last. This is an opportunity to learn more about Meals on Wheels, including how you can volunteer. Please join us as we celebrate this new chapter for Meals on Wheels of Rowan.
— Rita Sims
Sims is executive director of Meals on Wheels of Rowan, Inc.
I thank Steve Pender (Nov. 4 letter) for his writings, and encourage him to keep up the good work of enlightening readers of the Post. This is important, as so many folks do not know what is really going on, due to following very little news and not including Fox news in their variety of news coverages. It is vital to the future of our country that we get the rest of the story.
— Donna Kesler
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to City Council member Maggie Blackwell for all her efforts in assisting me with a problem I had in my community.
When I first wrote the Post about leash laws being enforced in some communities and not others, Mrs. Blackwell stepped in and demonstrated that the law is for all people. Then she was kind enough to call me from time to time to make sure everything was fine.
I truly believe if Mrs. Blackwell had not assisted me, I would still not feel safe in my yard. Again, I say thank you, and I wish you well.
— Diane Robinson
You don’t need to be a Doug Paris fan to give the guy credit for standing up to the county... read more