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Our supervisors are not leaders

Published 9:55am Friday, June 7, 2013

To the Editor:

Southampton County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget Tuesday night, with Newsoms District Supervisor Glenn Updike casting the lone dissenting vote. However, Supervisor Alan Edwards (Jerusalem District) said he supported it “reluctantly.”

What is wrong with our leaders? Can they not take a stand on anything? The schools are again under funded. The county has to borrow money for buses?

So much for being “debt free in 30 years” The board is more concerned with their own reelections next year than educating the children. The Board has no problem beating us over the head to fund trash, but not our schools?

What is wrong with this picture? I would gladly pay a school tax if it were designated for the schools.

Once again we have no leadership in the County, and Mr. Updike is the voice of reason.

“Will we buy them? Yes, there is no obligation for future buses in this budget,” said Barry Porter (Franklin District). He add that he feels the county will generate future revenue, but the budget before them was the one needing to be passed based on current restraints.

Are you sure of that Mr. Porter? I suppose the “future revenues” are the tax increase the Board is too chicken approach.

“A lot of things came and went that weren’t done in a public manner,” said Dr. Alan Edwards (Jerusalem district), adding that he hoped next year things “would be more public.” (The Tidewater News May 31st) Why not? Once again the perception is the good ole boys making some back-room deal. When will this stop? We elected you to lead, so do it!

Larry Smith

  • blackwaterpete

    Okay a short not here. Remind people Updike is the biggest IDIOT that has ever served on the board. Okay listen up! It is not the new board but the old that sent us down the river. The old super of the school system was spending money like it was candy. Also raises for staff personnel and non for teachers. I am willing to bet a dollar to a donut that money was being skimmed off the bottom. But that will require a deep investigation. I also blame the principles for allowing this to happen. Every time he showed to get money from the board his little past cheer leader principle from Southampton was there. Note: Get a new hair style missy. That one was used up in the 70′s. The board going on retreats to get their act in order. It would have been better if the two morons Facion and Jones got canned also. So the old board is the problem the new board (minus the idiot Updike and the two unopposed goof balls) is what is responsible.

    Suggest Removal

    • SandMan

      Wow! Attacking the lady’s choice of hairstyle (which most men find very appealing). How classy!
      Maybe if you learned to spell, your point would be better taken.

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    • kingradman

      Wow! Harsh words indeed! I dont think “Idiot” is fair, I realy doubt anyone is “skimming” Do you have any evidence of that? There are way too many people involved in the Schools for that to happen?

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  • FromHere

    I do believe they’re in the same position that we would be in if we were hungry and had NO money to buy food. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. You have to do the best you can with what you have. And you can’t please everybody. Give them a break. At least they’re trying.

    Suggest Removal

  • kingradman

    YES liberty BUT TO BE A REPESENATIVE THEY HAVE TO BE LEADERS. I didnt mean ruler like a a dictator. You completelty missed the point of the letter. I am asking them to “lead” on the issues !!! Are you not a leader of your employees? A leader ets the tone, the agenda and take a stand on an issue important to the people they represent.

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    I don’t know about you, but in my world, no elected office is to be my leader, but my REPRESENTATIVE! Didn’t you learn that in government class? The political parties have leaders of their parties, and leaders of their caucases, but not leaders of the PEOPLE. This is a major problem among our people—we don’t understand the difference in a leader and a representative. In this country, “We, the People” are sovereign, and the elected leaders are our Representatives, and thus our Employees. We pay them. Do your employees tell you what to do?

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