National Day of Prayer 2015
Winston proclaimed that he was elected to unify the City of Lumberton. My question is where is the unity, the accountability, the voice of the citizens. Citizens can't ask questions at a board meeting without getting into an argument with an alderman or getting thrown out by the mayor. Winston made an intereting statement at the last board meeting and it showed that his allegiance is with those employed by the city and not with those who cast their votes in the elections. The call for integrity, honesty and fairplay falls on deaf ears because the voice of the voters is not heard and people wonder why Lumberton is the joke of the state. What does it matter if voices get raised? Winston is a minister and business meetings at some churches result in more raised voices. I've been to some business meetings where they bordered on jumping the pews and swinging from the chandeliers but they continued until everyone was heard and a solition was reached. This board does not want to invest the time to allow citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns.
What's missing in tnis administration is the opportunity to dialogue. Everytime a citizen has an opposing view, they're labeled anti-Lumberton for standing up for what's right. It's easy to take a few minutes at each board meeting to allow the mayor to give his speech or lip service about his ideas of reaching out as long as your input as a citizen is 2 minutes or less. Call me jaded, but I recall a board that never allowed the mayor to address the public but by allowing Winston a platform for his monthly rhetoric, the board sees this as progress but it's not. Progress is having access to public records not being told you can't because they're processing water bills. Progress is the ability to go to city hall and get truthful answers not circling your wagons to support people that lie as effortlessly as they breathe. Progress is providing police protection not constantly cutting their staff. Progress is the ability to question water billing errors without fear of being arrested. Progress is getting an accurate water bill. Progress is making an attempt to hear the citizens and follow up with a response. So excuse me if I view your claims of reaching out as a symbolic gesture with no meaning because every time you reach out it feels like you're throwing punches.