Letter to the Editor, May 4, 2014
Dear Editor, Bedford County Voters,
As our community prepares once again to elect officials to represent us I would like to take this opportunity to extend a challenge to my fellow voters.
I strongly encourage fellow voting, taxpaying citizens to seek information from others in the community who have had the pleasure or displeasure, whichever the case may be, of dealing with anyone running for elected office that has previously been given the privilege to serve the public in the same capacity or a new one to get a general idea from the public at large regarding their experience of dealing with any of these offices.
We need officials that will listen, assist and act in the best interest of the public they serve as a whole, not just the concerns of themselves and/or a select few. It takes more than that limited number of people to put them in the areas of public service they seek and they should be dedicated to the service of the entire community.
Public officials should not be in the business of disrespecting the public in any way or acting in an arrogant, retaliatory or reckless fashion when challenged about the decisions or mistakes they make. That kind of behavior has an impact on all the people they claim they wish to serve while it may not directly impact them personally to the extent the taxpayers have to take responsibility for their actions.
We need officials dedicated to helping our community move forward and prosper not set it back or keep it spinning its wheels in neutral. They elected officials present the image of our community that businesses and residents are looking at when determining whether to locate and /or stay here. So as we head to the polls again let's send a clear message of what we expect and will accept from those elected to serve us!
If you keep doing what you have always done, you keep getting what you have always gotten! If that is working for us by all means let it continue. If not, let's make some changes! I think we all realize much of it is not working in our communitty's best interest.
Voting, taxpaying Bedford County resident