The Company You Keep
Paul is another example of what's wrong with Lumberton. He's Ben Winston's business partner, friend and fellow clergy member but he didn't hesitate to serve up a healthy dose of innuendo about what he would have done to me if tnis was 20 years ago. He's probably been in a lot of churches with black and white congregants but he still think he's living in the past, where he can put a black man in his place. Be careful Paul, your hood is showing and your biblical principles are fading in the distance. Then again, the Klan did think they were servants of God. One thing I'll give Paul, he's a bold little man. His friend Ben Winston is afraid to voice his displeasure of my blog publically, but he'll bravely discuss me and my blog during executive session.
Paul Ockmond said I told half-truths and attempted to call me out for not saying anything about Ben Winston and Jay McGraw securing a grant and matching funds for Lumberton. Well, I cannot report things not discussed at the meetings. I rarely miss a meeting and there was nothing mentioned authorizing Ben and Jay to secure a loan for the City of Lumberton. But there's nothing in the minutes approving the hiring of embattled former city manager Richard Rose but he was let loose in city hall and given unfettered access to all our records and confidential information. There were rumors saying Ben and Jay somehow secured a $600,000 loan for the matching funds needed to secure the Army Corp of Engineers grant but the details were never discussed at the board meetings I attended. Somehow, Paul, a person that rarely attend meetings, know of a loan that was never discussed during an open meeting. Interesting. Where did this money come from? How can two people secure a $600,000 loan when Bancorp South wouldn't allow the last administration to borrow $20,000 because there wasn't enough proof showing that the loan could be repaid. Somehow, a board that don't know what's in the budget and has claimed to be broke for the past two years has managed to finagle a $600,000 loan. How?
Paul later tried to crawfish out of his statements but he said what he meant; the first time.