LETTER: Stone is doing as he promised

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

It seems from the April 5 Sanford Herald editorial that the only constituents state Rep. Mike Stone should be concerned about are members of the Sanford City Council.

The editorial was critical of the bill (HB 490) introduced by Mr. Stone that will make city council and school board elections partisan races.

It is not surprising that the city council and the local school board would be opposed to an elected official who is also looking out for taxpayers. Mr. Stone, the second-term representative, is doing what he promised. Democrats do not readily understand that novel development.

It is not in the best interest of Democrats to run as Democrats. In doing so, they are associating themselves with gay marriage, gun banning, taxpayer-funded abortion and national leaders such as Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Kay Hagan. On the state level, they have the corruption-plagued terms of Mike Easley, Beverly Perdue and Jim Black in their rear view mirror. This is not a crowd that is likely to enhance your election prospects in North Carolina.

The Herald Editorial Board was also critical of Rep. Stone’s proposal (HB 512) to allow Lee County Board of Commissioners to appoint all members of the CCCC Board of Trustees. This should make sense to taxpayers since (1) education spending is the largest chunk of the county budget, and (2) the board of commissioners is the body directly accountable to taxpayers — not the school board or the CCCC board.

The Sanford Herald, city council and the school system hierarchy have opposed Rep. Stone’s efforts to represent his constituents in a fiscally responsible and timely manner from the time he was elected to the House. He is doing a good job, and we expect those efforts will continue in the future.

Joyce Brainard