Apology As Election Strategy

Dear Editor,

If they keep apologizing enough downtown, they can apologize themselves into reelection.

Mitchell Simmons



Keep Money In Greensboro

Dear Editor,

I understand that our City Council and the Guilford County commissioners are being asked to enter into an agreement with the Town of Summerfield to pay for water and sewer lines to a prospective 650 acre development in Summerfield. The developer, David Couch, said that Summerfield citizens would not pay “one penny” for the water and sewer construction, because water and sewer has been investigated by the Town of Summerfield and is “cost prohibitive”

So Summerfield can’t afford water and sewer.  This developer needs water and sewer to profit more off his land.  And their idea is for Greensboro to pay to bring them water and sewer?

As a taxpaying citizen of Greensboro, I have no idea why our leaders would even consider helping a Summerfield developer make more money.  I assume it will cost Greensboro millions of dollars to construct miles of water and sewer.  Maybe, over decades, the money is paid back in fees and taxes (or maybe not, if this fancy new Summerfield development doesn’t pan out).  But at what cost to us now?

We have issues here!  Guilford County wants to raise our sales tax and is asking us to approve a $300 million bond to help our overcrowded, deteriorating schools in and around Greensboro.  If our local leaders need to have this massive bond and raise our taxes, then, City Council, you should not be building costly utilities outside the City.   

I hope our leaders aren’t seriously considering this plan.  And I hope my fellow citizens in Greensboro will take a moment to write the Greensboro City Council and Guilford County commissioners to tell them to do the right thing for the voters who elected them. Use our money to help us, not a developer or Summerfield. 

Juliet Burnette



Tired Of New Normal

Dear Editor,

With more and more reports and stories about the lawless animals taking to the streets with the intent of looting, burning and destroying the property of law-abiding citizens, the real gorilla in the room is what can we as individual citizens do to protect and defend our families, our property and our lives when for all appearances law enforcement, primarily at the upper echelons of leadership, do not intervene.

As always I don’t blame the officers on the line. They have to follow the instructions given to them, frustrating as they often are. Plus they cannot be everywhere at once. Add to that the DAs and AGs that turn around and refuse to charge or even simply ignore the law and release the offenders to return to the riots. Now they have become so emboldened as to directly attack officers. The next step is obvious. They will begin doxing individual officers, putting their families in danger. What happens then? Would you leave your home knowing your family could be attacked? These tactics are straight out of the handbook.

But back to us, the individual citizens and business owners. We saw what happened in downtown Greensboro – unrest and destruction. And who was held responsible? Yet if a citizen or a business owner had taken steps to protect themselves or their business, they would have been jailed in a New York minute. This is the dilemma. We as civilized human beings adhere to the rules and laws of society, which puts us at a disadvantage against the uncivilized who don’t care. I understand the alternative is anarchy. But there is another option. It’s very simple. If you break the law you are arrested, tried and, if found guilty, punished. And I mean punished as in you are fined monetarily, spend time in jail and have a criminal record.

The average citizen is getting tired of the current status quo. They want to live their lives and conduct their business without fear. How long before they, the silent majority, gives an ultimatum to the spineless “elected representatives” that are failing to act?

More and more sheep are turning into sheepdogs. They’ve been ignored and abused too long and are demanding action. They are frustrated by the inaction of the “authorities.” Across the country they are starting to organize.

An expanded version of this missive can be found on alanscorner.blog.

Alan Marshall