The People Are Speaking But Are You Listening?
Mr. Winston, you say you and this board have turned this city around. Would you please elaborate on that claim? In my opinion, I think you have turned the City of Lumberton around but 180 degrees in the wrong direction. I just want you to thrill us with your acumen. Since you love to measure yourself by yourself, you seem to be delusional. You would get the opportunity to respond at the board meeting but let me share some of my insight with you. It is my belief that before you ran for Mayor, you already made your mind up to make another run for District 2 Supervisor. Why would you run for Mayor knowing the term wouldn't be over before the Supervisor election? Oh, was that part of your grand scheme to get your name in the papers and on the news so you can show that you are politically active? Well, if that was your plan, you are failing miserably. You are suffering from the Larry Strahan Syndrome. You knew you had two years to show people what you're made of and you are squandering it because you think you can outsmart voters. Well guess what, aside from those you're paying to post signs in their yards and on their cars, we are paying attention. What have you done for this city that would warrant you getting our support for another position; a position that has more duties and responsibilities? You were a minister, I'm sure you're familiar with the scripture, he that is faithful with the least is also faithful with much. Well, you have shown that you're not one that can handle a small budget for the City of Lumberton so how can you handle a much larger budget in a County position? Now is not the time to bury your talent. You have had two years to show us what you're capable of and you have done nothing with the opportunity you were given. In Matthew 25:26 (NIV) a person like you would be called a "wicked, lazy servant" and I must agree. So, please, explain to the voters why you would make a good supervisor when it's obvious that the position of mayor in a one grocery store town is over your head?
The idea that you're trying to get votes by bragging on the fact that you're doing such a horrible job as mayor is laughable. So your campaign plan is "if you want to get rid of me, then vote for me as supervisor." Seriously!!! You do a piss poor job as mayor and you want votes for a position that pays more and has more responsibilities. You say you have turned this town around and I say you're running this town in the ground. Let's reflect on things that have transpired since you took office. We no longer have adequate police protection. Never before, in the history of Lumberton, has there been a time where we have one officer per shift. Not only are we without officers, we're without patrol cars but you say that's progress. I think not. You say the crime rate is down but not only are we concerned about the thieves in the streets, we now have to deal with the fact that elected officials, your trusted side kick, Hugh Jay McGraw, are stealing from one of the few businesses we have in this city. Can we say that your views are warped? How about the Public Works Department. You came into office saying that outsourcing our garbage collection will save the City of Lumberton money but your decision to have WastePro collect our gargage has put several men out of work; men that worked for over 15 years for the City of Lumberton but you count that as progress. Why do we have Public Works employees that work in the elements, dealing with all types of waste and debris making less that a clerk that was fired and rehired? Doesn't seem like progress to me. Why do we have one three clerks in one office when the former clerk spent countless hours working alone to ensure the budget was balanced, amended and properly entered into the BBI system but in your visions of pseudo progress, it takes three clerks to do the job that was performed by one clerk. Again, it doesn't seem like progress to me. It's amazing that the clerk in the police department, the one that can actually bring in money to help with the budget, is not allowed to work more than 20/week. Again, where is the progress?
Here's something you might not realize Mayor Winston, everything done at city hall is a reflection of you. When an alderman steals, confess to stealing on the news and you do not demand his resignation; it shows that you embrace a lack of integrity and that's not a character trait I want in a District Supervisor. Every time a citizen is disrespected or treated poorly when they come to city hall, that's a reflection of your administration. Every time a resident complain about discrepancies in their water bill and their pleas fall on deaf ears, that's a reflection of Ben Winston's style of leadership. Every time a crime is committed, it remind citizens that you do not care for their safety or protection. Every time a citizen is not allowed to ask questions at a board meeting, it's a reminder that Ben Winston is out of touch and feel he is not accountable to the citizens he is suppose to represent. Your cohorts know they have another two years to fake concern but you want to get a promotion in the next few months and I pray that your quest is denied. On several instances, you said that reputable businesses, accounting firms and potential grants writers refused to help the City of Lumberton because they're afraid of what might be said about them in the Lumberton Informer. Well, if my words are powerful enough to keep people out of Lumberton then it would seen that the opposite is also true. Since you claim that I can keep people out of Lumberton with my blog posts then I should be able to bring people in with my writings. Anyone with a similance of intelligence would try to harness that power instead of trying to extinguish it but then again, we're talking about Ben Winston. Intelligence is not one of the first things that come to mind when your name is mentioned. HOPEFULLY, you will take a moment to evaluate the pointers I'm trying to give you. Sadly, it's not going to help you get elected but maybe it will help you end your term as Mayor on a high note. ;26.