How do voters in Rep. Tim Moffit's district feel about the representative they have sent to Raleigh? He has been very busy on their behalf.
Moffitt is on the N.C. House Select Committee on Early Childhood Education Improvement. His view on education as reported by the Charlotte Observer: "I am very suspect of early childhood education. I am very suspect of education in general."
He voted to allow the billboard industry to clear-cut a football-field-size area around billboards in N.C. with no local say in the matter.
He enlarged the size of our county government (with two extra commissioners that will cost the taxpayer), and changed the way we elect our county officials without holding a single public meeting.
With no public input, he has put together a study committee to see if Buncombe County’s water system should be seized and control moved from an elected body to an un-elected board not accountable to rate payers.
My questions: Why three hearings in Raleigh and only one in Asheville when the outcome of the hearings affects us locally? Why isn't Asheville/Buncombe being fairly represented? What is the true cost of a takeover? Who pays? Why is it called a "New Regional Authority" when only Buncombe is being targeted? Will this committee listen to the overwhelming support to not fix a system that's not broken?
If voters in Moffitt's district did not elect him to do all of the above and more, including redistricting that will cost the taxpayer extra, please let him know loud and clear. Write letters to the editor and to committee members. This is a democracy after all, even if his unilateral actions in Raleigh don't seem like it.
To contact committee members, go to http://www.ashevillewaterblogspot.com.
— Valerie Hoh