Contrary to your Asheville letter writer last week concerning big government, I am a county resident and delighted to see our democratic rights finally exercised with two representatives from each of three districts on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, thanks to Rep. Tim Moffitt [“Moffitt Goes for Big Government,” Feb. 29 Xpress]. Maybe Asheville residents do not see a need for a fair commission or possibly a fair regional water control board, but county residents do. The Buncombe County commissioners have long leaned towards Asheville.
Asheville and Buncombe County have had the same party in control for many, many decades; Democrats have had control of the state government for over 100 years. To quote a friend, “Not even Middle East dictators have power for that long.”
This status quo is also demonstrated on the county school board, where only one courageous elected member wants to broadcast meetings and open the books. Enough is enough.
I am thrilled and proud of the courage and wisdom of Rep. Moffitt and others in the state Legislature for cleaning up over 100 years of waste, fraud and god-only-knows-what-else they inherited. I will vote for whoever tries to save money by thinking out of the box while still upholding strong values.
The variety of Republican candidates for county commissioner, N.C. and U.S. representatives unlock many exciting opportunities for improvement for us all. Support them, and contact your state legislators at http://www.ncga.state.nc.us to thank them for their valiant, time-consuming efforts to correct years of bad habits.
— Janet Burhoe-Jones