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Local leaders in need of a reality check

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To the Editor,

I read with interest what Butner candidates had to say at the recent candidates forum, and what I heard sounded more like something from “The Twilight Zone” rather than cold honest facts.

I affix the label “happy talk” to the rhetoric they speak about “growth” and attracting businesses, etc. to the area. I also question their grasp on reality and conscience, and here’s why:

People want to move to a place where they feel their families will be safe, and have opportunities to grow and prosper. That means high-performing schools, exemplary infrastructure (water, schools, roads, etc.) and a good location. Regrettably, South Granville can only boast of having location.

Some of the recent grades our schools received were lower than last year, coming from some schools which had to be closed due to the presence of “mold” and some others “just closed.”

SGWASA has recently discovered it has a “40-year million dollar road” ahead of them, a road which needs to be fixed before any additional development can take place. Also, I can’t tell you how many comments I have received from individuals who recently moved here, only to get frustrated and angry when they discover the smelly, discolored water that comes with high bills.

Then there’s the recent news about the county’s top law enforcement official being indicted, resulting from him not wanting tapes containing racially offensive language by him, released.

South Granville does not exactly project the favorable demographics and profile a good business, or stable family, is seeking so thinking we can lure them here is not realistic thinking.

That being said, also factor in the ever-changing local demographics which indicate individuals moving from large populated cities to a smaller, slower lifestyle, who move here precisely because the growth machine has not spoiled the area, and you have a disconnect in what local leaders are preaching and what local residents actually want.

It’s not growth people want, it’s quality. You don’t have to be “big” in order to be “great.”

Maybe they will receive that reality check at the voting booth next election.

John Mayo