Both Ralph Hise and Chris Whitmire were instrumental in getting this in place. I think we should give them some credit. They are both up for re-election in 16.
Moreover, because of the early debt payoff, employers will save more than $2.5 billion over the next four years – a huge relief that frees up money for job creation and capital investment that will lift wages.
We invite you to the Foundation on the campus of Isothermal Community College on October 30th, 5:30-7:30. We will be kicking off the newest club on campus. Isothermal College Republicans is the first CR chapter on a community college campus in the state. There will be light refreshments provided, and the attire is casual.
We will be joined by fellow Republicans from across the state to kick off our chapter! This event is open to the public.
Confirmed guests include:
‣ Ted Alexander (10th Congressional Chairman)
‣ Mike Hager (House Majority Leader)
‣ Zach Almond (NCFCR Chairman)
‣ Drew West (TARS Chairman)
When: October 30, 2015
Where: The Foundation at Isothermal
Community College: 286 ICC Dr,
Spindale, NC 28160
Light refreshments will be provided
COLUMBUS — A proposed long-term transfer of water-system management from Polk County to a South Carolina district is no longer on the table, after a consultant advised officials in South Carolina that the deal wouldn’t be to their advantage.
Here is the full article:
Here is information culled from the February 7, 2011 records. At that time Ray Gasperson and Cindy Walker and Renee McDermott were serving on the Board of Commissioners.
19. Volunteer Boards for Vote – A proper ballot was completed by each Commissioner for these appointments. 1) Farmland Preservation: There were two regular vacancies and two applicants. Bill Davis and Jeff Searcy were appointed by unanimous vote. 2) Green Creek Fire District Tax Commission: There were four regular vacancies and four applicants. Kenneth Arrowood, Bruce Collins, Jack Montgomery and Danny Willis were appointed by unanimous vote. 3) Recreation Advisory Board: There were two regular vacancies and two applicants. Joe Owen was appointed by unanimous vote. David Moore’s appointment failed by a 3-2 vote (Gasperson, McDermott and Walker opposed).
Here is a copy of the McDermott’s letter published by the Tryon Daily Bulletin
The Sin That Can Never Be Forgiven
To the Editor:
It’s not supposed to be this way. It’s not supposed to be this way, at all.
Once elected, a County Commissioner’s job is to represent all of the people in Polk County, not just the people who voted for him or her, or who supported him or her during the election. Yet three members of the current Board of Commissioners are making support of them during the election a non-waivable qualification for appointment to any volunteer board.
I’ll give him credit for being honest about all this. Tom Pack admitted that the majority’s refusal to re-appoint animal cruelty investigators Patti Lovelace and Nancy Hasselbring was for the sole reason that Patti and Nancy allowed their names to be included in a 200 name list published by A Better Polk County in support of the Democratic candidates for County Commissioner.
Apparently that’s unforgiveable. Apparently that condemns the bad actor to banishment from service to Polk County, and condemns Polk County to a future devoid of service by all those bad actors, a future that could be made better through the volunteer work of approximately half its citizens, banished from service for voting the wrong way.
Not willing to “fess up”, Michael Gage used the “fresh blood” fig leaf as in, “We needed to have some fresh blood on some of the boards.” Really, Michael? What fresh blood? There weren’t any other people seeking appointment to the animal cruelty investigator team. Pack, Holbert and Gage left two important positions entirely open, rather than select Lovelace and Hasselbring, two tried and true, trained, experienced, compassionate, honest, and dedicated volunteers.
Didn’t Pack, Holbert and Gage all promise to represent “ALL” the people in Polk County once elected? Don’t they always? Obviously that was just a campaign pitch. An empty promise.
When Ray Gasperson, Cindy Walker and I were serving on the Board of Commissioners, we never made voting for us, supporting us, or even being silent about supporting opposing candidates, a condition of serving Polk County. We never checked the voter rolls for party affiliation before making volunteer board appointments. Those things were just never issues or concerns.
We evaluated applicants for volunteer boards according to their qualifications, often as stated on the volunteer’s application form or as known from prior community service. We based appointments on relevant training and experience, not on party affiliation or voting record.
We never made leaving one’s First Amendment rights at the border of Polk County a condition of selection to a volunteer board.
Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?
Renée McDermott, Tryon
In Summary: Facts are s-ubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. — John Adams, December 1770