Letter: New minds need on Havelock board

Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 05:18 PM.

Every time a mayor of a city steps down, he is remembered for something he did during his term in office. The thing this mayor is going to remind me of is the statement “A good child plays ball.”

In my opinion, this retirement town is full of past and present young men who gave 20 years of their lives in a contract promising to follow orders to fight and move their families from state to state, sometimes on short notice. It wasn’t easy for his family to sit at home worrying about the possibility that two men in uniform would come to the door with bad news instead of the father returning. The children suffered because of the constant moves from school to school, which was hard on their education.

Now, having retired here, the city is telling the retired man he has to protect the very back of Cherry Point from any developer that would build homes there unless we pay higher and higher taxes for building a ballpark there. [Editor’s Note: The city has not said a tax increase is associated with the new Lewis Farm Road park.]

The Marine Corps does not need our protection. They exist to protect all of America, and that is done by a good child who signed up, not only his own life but his family’s life. Yes, they have the use of Cherry Point for their medical needs, but should they have to pay for what our Board of Commissioners dream up? Is that what faithful service earned him?

I’m hoping this 2013 election gives this town a future for the retirees and those still serving military families.

When in 1962 we were sent here, this town was a nice town that now has changed into a city that grows and grows. That is what happens every year. So, six people sit on a board who spend our taxes on tourist areas and ballparks for people who don’t even live here. Has anyone every reminded them that they work for us? We put them there.

Now this board is moving the railroad station and Trader Store from the honest historical area to a new historical area. How can an area be historical when it’s put together in 2013?

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