Doing Nothing and Saying Nothing Changes Nothing
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I'm afraid. "
After the special called meeting, I found it necessary to research John Shavers because of the Google search that showed his less than scrupulous business ventures. When I researched Shavers, I found the slew of lawsuits alarming, but Winston didn't seem to have a problem with the red flags. The fact that Ben Winston didn't have a problem with a seemingly troubled businessman, made me question his motives. In addition to establishing an alliance with Shavers, Winston suggested using spreadsheets to track the city's budget instead of using the software program that costs the City of Lumberton $13,000/year to access. Spreadsheets provides an easy method for data manipulation, whereas, computer software programs are more difficult but have preventative measures in place to eliminate data manipulation. For months, I have blamed the lack of an accurate budget on the city clerk and it seems that it may be the mayor’s intention to keep us misinformed about what's in the budget. Have you noticed that there's been no claims made this year about our city being broke? As a matter of fact, there's money coming in every month; according to the city clerk and Winston.
Let's be clear, that does not mean the city clerk is innocent, but it would behove her to perform the duties she was sworn to uphold and stop selectively doing what the mayor instructs her to do; allegedly speaking of course. Thankfully, the board is sending her back to training. By the month of March, we should know what's in the budget and have an accurate account of month to month expenditures. For the next month or so, you won't be reading any posts about the clerk because I don't want to distract her during the training period. I also don't want her to blame the blog for her inability to grasp the information being relayed during training. For the record, my integrity is not for sale. If I'm going to put my integrity on the auction block, it's going to be for more than $31,000/year. Personally, I can't see myself telling a lie , month after month that's not only recorded in the public records but also recorded in the Book of Life. I don't care what you say, Hail Mary is not that full of Grace.
I'm beginning to learn to accept people at face value. When people show you who they are, believe them. For the past 2 years, our elected officials and department heads have shown us who they are and all we're required to do is BELIEVE them. We try to look for logic in their votes/decisions but it is what it is. They speak through the minutes and their votes. They say they love the city but they voted to leave citizens unprotected by slashing the police department. They say they love the city, but they allowed the public records room to be closed. They say they love the city, but the eliminated local trash collection, claiming a savings to the city but charging us the same fee despite the discounted price they're paying Waste Pro. They say they love the city but it's not reflected in their votes. But when you think about it, there are those that say with their lips they love God but tbeir hearts are far from him. The next meeting is a week from today, I challenge you to come see your representative in action; or in the case of this city, inaction. I think I've focused on some serious issues for weeks, I think it's long overdue for some good news. If you have some good news you would like to shsre, let me know so I can post it in the blog. Cioa!