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Sunday, December 4, 2011: 6:18 pm
More from Don Adams
|"Am I to read that you are accusing Clerk Mayfield of intentionally manipulating the suggested maps to purposely oust either Prather or Collier?"|
Well, nope...I haven't heard the explanation yet... but i am curious as to how it came to be...on the surface it seems an unlikely circumstance, but there may well be a very plausible explanation. I will chat with her about it. Paul was just elected last year and I don't think Brian's term coincides..but i may be mistaken and I really do not know how that is impacted by the redistricting.. That is Peggy's forte. I do feel that we should keep the voters from being confused about who represents them this year and then next year and then the next year and so on...... the redistricting at the State level has left plenty of that in its wake.
and thanks Lassiter.. I appreciate your comment about eggs...tis true indeed.
Sunday, December 4, 2011: 7:06 pm
More from Ratcatcher
Thank you once again for the invite to breakfast. However I work a full time job, a part-time job and have a family. If I don't have time to attend council and board meetings I can't justify using my free time for socializing. I do appreciate your bethelpond blog but I believe you should take it a step further. Allow two way thoughts and conversations. Or do it here like we are doing now. It will show people you care about what they think and want. Unfortunately, most people are like me and are unable to attend meetings. We depend on others to go to meetings and then inform us. So in reality my information is secondhand. I think we all know what happens when information is repeated...it gets distorted and you have to take into consideration the source. If you had a comment section on your blog or if the county had this type of forum then all citizens could converse with their elected officials while on lunch break at work or on their home computer late at night when the kids are in bed. While I do not agree with the threats and tactics of some people at these meetings I am thankful that they are able to attend and are willing to share their observations with me (as they see it, anyways) I hope that you aren't judging ALL people who disagree as being a part of any particular group. I can see where citizens who are able to attend would stay home so as not to be labeled due to guilt by association.
What was reported to me was that you were surprised to see the 3 maps made by Peggy Mayfield when an audience member showed them to you. Is this true? If so then it seems to me that you should be quite upset with Mr. Voyles for not sharing them with you and trying to get his own map approved without the other commissioners knowing about the other options.
Is it true that the commissioners were prepared to vote on the map drawn up by Mr. Voyles at the last meeting? If this is true then shame on all of you for planning to do so without public discussion and input.
In your last post you say you are going to talk to Peggy. Ok, but shouldn't all of you have done that already? Shouldn't Peggy have been consulted about her maps before Mr. Voyles made one of his own?
Something doesn't smell right. Call it a fishy smell or rat bait but I think you are an intelligent enough person to be able to see where, at the very least, the appearance of gerrymandering exists. I do not want to see a lawsuit or channel 6 news making us all look bad yet again. Why can't you all do something for the greater good, approve one of Peggy's three maps and help restore the reputation of this county, and just move on?
Sunday, December 4, 2011: 8:46 pm
More from concerned resident
I don't think that beginning with threats of law suit (effectively costing the taxpayers thousands of dollars)and following with charges of "good ole boys" is a way to being a cordial productive listening dialogue.
Well, you might not have liked the delivery, but the message is clear: You have been given fair warning that the county will be facing a lawsuit if it proceeds with the maps that Commissioner Voyles proposed. That should cause you to pause and re-evaluate your plan. You are correct that it will cost a lot of taxpayer money. And it is solely within the control of the Board of Commissioners to avoid that expense. Or maybe you would prefer Judge Gray to draw the lines?
Sunday, December 4, 2011: 10:24 pm
More from Lassiter
|The fact that there is now conversation regarding redistricting shows that one, or a handful of people can make a difference. I still believe that the same end could be tactically reached without the threat of suit. I could very well be wrong but thats just my opinion. After glancing at the maps and spending 10 minutes looking at the recent State guidelines for redistricting and found only 1 of the 4 maps would meet the State specifications. Ironically that map is not one that I have seen anybody ask for.|
Anyway, the meeting is in the morning. Don is there any way you could let us know either here or on your website how many people actually show up?
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