LETTER: County constituents deserve focused, effective leadership

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

The Lee County Board of Commissioners have a number of important issues on their agenda. The distribution of the sales tax, intergovernmental agreements with the City of Sanford and Town of Broadway, and extension of water and sewer to the unincorporated areas to spur growth to name just a few. They certainly have more important things to do than to indulge Commissioner Smith's attack on the Obama administration ... . It is sad that he walks through life in such fear, needing an arsenal to protect him from potential attack. Now he imagines a conspiracy to take his precious weapons away.

No politician of any stripe is advocating weapons being banned. The suggestions are primarily aimed at two goals. First, universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of mentally deranged individuals, and second, to limit the slaughter of hundreds of rounds being fired in seconds. None of the proposals limit the ability of a citizen to defend himself. Yet, Commissioner Smith launched into a political diatribe that cast stones at liberals, the media and the universities of our nation, as well as the president.

There is a time and place, I suppose, but throwing down a hysterical gauntlet at an imaginary problem was embarrassing to Lee County. Of course, the right wing four voted in lock step. Their constituents deserve focused, effective government, not one that picks fights with opponents that don't exist.

Charles C. Baker, Jr.

Lee County