Lumberton's Most Abundant Resource: Stupidity
Last night, after the videos were posted, the comments and sharing of the videos began. One person felt that Mayor Winston tried to get the help for the police department but none of the alderpersons present would make a motion. As a person that regularly attends board meetings, I know the dynamics of this group. When Winston wants something, he bellows out his favorite pharase, we only need three votes. The fact that he never uttered his four favorite words was a clear indication that he didn't want Betty Speights (sounds like skates but with an sp in front) restored to her full time position and he didn't want to hire any additional officers. Ben is not a good mayor by any stretch of the imagination. He knows he has control of three votes but he refuses to use that control to help the citizens. It's fine that he wants the sewer grant, probably for personal reasons, but while trying to secure your pet project, use the power you wield over ylur three, primary supporters and get more police protection, accountability in city hall and stop throwing away , oney on security cameras and double training. Ben has an agenda but there's nothing wrong with having an abenda as long as you make good decisions along the way. I know he's not ready to face the music, but the Army Corp of Engineers grant is not going to happen under his watch but if he insists on putting all his eggs in one basket that's his choice but don't tear down a city while trying to build your legacy.
It amazes me that Ben seriously think he's a viable candidate for Lamar County Supervisor, District 2. You've been there, done that, shown us who you are, continue to show us who you are and guess what, we believe you. In his mind, he's probably thinking if he does a horrible job as mayor, people would want to get rid of him by voting for him in the supervisor's race. Talk about a warped view of reality. Ben was/is a minister and I'm sure at some point in his life, he stumbled across Luke 16:10.
"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much and he that is unjust in tne least is unjust also in much."I dont think it gets any clearer. For the last two years, Ben Winston has proclaimed that he don't know what's in tne budget. He's the signer of checks and almost every month, he boasts that he does not know what we, as a city, has in the bank. So, if a person cannot properly manage the $1.05 million dollar budget of Lumberton, what makes him think anyone that's sound in mind will vote to place him in a county position where he has to manage a budget that's $4,716,825 ? That's an insult to any marginally intelligent individual. What Ben doesn't realize is the videos are not just viewed in Lumberton. There are several individuals in Lumberton, Purvis, Oak Grove and Sumrall that have asked for copies of the videos so they can post them again, right before the election. I think Ben has good intentions but he and other members of the board lacks the vision needed to propel this city forward and that's a reflection of poor leadership. If most citizens are complaining about poor services, don't try to sweep their concerns under the rug, hoping they will vanish because everyone can't be lying about the same component. I don't know when he or his supporters will have their ah-ha moment but you can't continue to dismiss those that hold the key to your political career. Keep pushing people into a corner and they're eventually going to come out swinging.