Ben Winston: Finish What You Started
For the past few months, Winston has been saying Lumberton is going to turn around in the next two years. Amazingly, he has two years left in his term. So here's an observation. Ben is the Captain (Mayor) of the U.S.S. Lumberton. So far, we've been in some turbulent waters. Since the Captain sits at the helm of the ship, he has a better view of what's ahead. Well, ask yourself this. If the Captain says there's smooth sailing ahead, why is he trying to jump ship? It's either because he's giving a false report or he know he's on the Titanic. Ben has somehow garnered control of this board and if he wanted better for Lumberton, he has the ability to get it done. There were people saying they watched the video and Ben tried to get the board to hire more police but the board members wouldn't give a motion. Well, as someone that regularly attend meetings, I know Ben Winston and his tactics. Look at some of the other videos. Whenever Ben want something passed, he barks his hypnotic phrase, "We only need three votes" and his three minions (McGraw, Crider and Dukes) stumble over one another trying to give a motion and a sevond. Even if one of them fail to jump through the hoops, he has Cora Rogers as a backup because he's convinced her that she will be the next mayor. So, if Ben wanted more police officers, he has control of the votes and could get it done. And that's another thing, people say they want Winston out so we can get another mayor. Who's to say the next mayor will have the ability to garner blind support from the current board. That's why it's essential that Winston remains in office for the duration of his term. He made promises that there were shovel ready jobs waiting for him to get elected as mayor but no new jobs have been created. He had the board spot zone land owned by his business associate saying it was for a company that wanted to start production and hire at least seven people. Well, months later, still no company or jobs in that location but the price of tne land was able to be increased because of the new zoning designation.
The one person that's helping Lumberton stay afloat is Warren Byrd and Winston wants his position despite the fact that he did mothing when he was in that position years ago. The City of Lumberton couldn't afford the insurance or repairs at tne Lumberton Public Library so who did they call to bail them out and take over tne library? Warren Byrd. Lumberton needed help maintaining Wood-Hinton Park. Who did they call on again? Warren Byrd. Because of politics, a hoard of qualified individuals were banned (unofficially) from serving on the Lumberton Volunteer Fire Department. As a result, calls for emergency situations went unanswered. In order to protect the homes, health and the fire rating for residents of Lumberton, Warren Byrd had Lamar County take control of the LVFD. Ben Winston has control of the majority votes on the board. Why not use that control to do something for Lumberton? Yet, he wants to serve in a County position where he has no control or no voice. Look at the video where he was begging the Lamar County Board of Supervisors to take over the Lumberton Police Department. With 10 years of political experience, Winston showed he didn't even know the rules of the Mississippi Open Meetings Act. Winston has done a piss poor job as mayor. Why would anyone reward him for not doing his job? Voting for Winston as County Supervisor is, in essence, rewarding bad behavior. We dealt with him for 2 years and he needs to remain here for the remainder of his term to face the debacle he created.
If Winston had attempted to do the right things, demand accountability, support the police department, defended the citizens instead of allowing them to be attacked, called for an audit and made good business decisions, there's no doubt in my mind that I would have been one of his biggest supporters. He that's not faithful in tne least will not be faithful with much. In case that wasn't enough to convince you, consider this. Lumberton cannot afford to host another election before the end of the regular term. For the past two years, Winston has said that the City of Lumberton is broke. If that's the case, how can we pay the thousands of dollars, that's not budgeted, for a special election? Ben is trying to convince people that if they're not pleased with his performance as mayor, vote him out by electing him as Supervisor. The more I repeat that warped form of logic, the more ridiculous it sounds. Well, to me and any other person that hasn't been diagnosed with a learning disability. Winston's quest to get back in a County position, if successful, will add to Lumberton's financial burden. Another reason why he should finish his term as mayor. If Ben is so adamant about being Supervisor, he should put his money where his mouth is. Since he loves Lumberton so much (sarcasm intended), then he should give the City of Lumberton a $7,000 certified check to cover the costs of a special election. His friend/business partner, Aaron Lott, made that offer when he resigned as mayor. Albeit, he never paid the full price of the special election but he made the gesture. Ben wants to win but will you continue to cause Lumberton to loose because of a self-serving agenda? When you ran for Mayor, you knew it was a four year term. If you never had plans of serving your full term, you should have never sought the position. Help Ben finish out his term as Mayor, re-elect Warren Byrd as Lamar County District 2 Supervisor.