LETTER: Hoping board learns from meeting flop

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

I was quite embarrassed, and even felt a little guilty, when the audience was informed of the mix-up at the Carolina Trace gate last Friday evening. I had noticed the announcement in The Herald that the meeting was “open to the public” and assumed that arrangements had been made at the gate. I, as a resident of Carolina Trace, offer my sincere apology to anyone who was questioned or turned away at our gate that evening.

However, I have to say you didn’t miss much. The board members present were not identified and sat stonily during Mr. (Charlie) Parks’s “show and tell.”

This program was hindered by the fact that about half of the audience couldn’t see the visual presentation (it was not very bright, and the print much too small for most of us older citizens, and the screen faced only half of the room). This problem was compounded by the fact that Mr. Parks decided not to use the available microphone, and his diction is not that of a cable news announcer.

When questions were presented at the end of the program, the questioner, and often the responder, did not stand up so that everyone could hear the conversation.

I think, in spite of the fact that this was such a poor meeting, that these town hall meetings are a good idea. I just hope that the board of commissioners learns from this meeting and makes the next one more than Charlie Parks’ “dog and pony show.”

Nancy M. Johnson

Carolina Trace