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Published 9:54am Thursday, December 8, 2011

To the Editor:

In response to Mr. Parker’s 12/1 letter, where in my letter of Nov. 12th did I say that I did not like Bertie County? My husband and I retired here five years ago and we love Bertie County. We are active in our church and our community and – to answer your question – THAT’S why we are still here and why I wrote my letter. If I did not care, I would not have bothered.

Where did you get the idea that you have to be a “lifetime” resident in order to express an opinion? America is a very mobile nation. Your suggestion that you must be a lifetime resident in order to have an opinion would silence the majority of Americans. I was taught that all you need is a solid foundation of beliefs based on the Constitution, and a willingness to stay informed.

I believe in accountability by public officials to their constituents. In the minutes of the closed meeting on 8/17/09, it appears that Mr. Lamb wrote his own contract and presented it to the commissioners. Hardly a case of “taking the raise that was offered to him”. Also, there was no dollar or percentage amount mentioned, however his justification for asking for the raise was that the Dare County manager made $300,000 (actually he makes $239,794) and that the Beaufort County Manager makes $135.000.

It has been pointed out by the Friends of Bertie that Dare’s tax valuation is 16 times bigger than Bertie and Beaufort’s is 4 times bigger. Bertie has only 54% the population of Dare and 43%. of Beaufort. Dare County has 740 county employees and Bertie has 137. His comparisons were hardly “apples to apples”.

In the open meeting that followed on 8/17/2009, it appears that neither the newspaper reporters nor the citizens in attendance understood the magnitude of the vote being taken. If they had, the newspaper would have certainly reported it and there would have been some stir among the taxpayers. “Legalese” can be a difficult language to understand.

Were you aware that the John Locke Foundation gave Bertie County a “D” rating – the lowest – in transparency. The definition of transparency is “free from pretense or deceit…..easily detected or seen through……..readily understood……or characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices.“ We are 1 of only 5 counties that have the lowest “D” rating. Change in leadership is needed.

As for “Friends of Bertie” having only 25 members, I don’t know the exact numbers. However, because of the outcry about Mr. Lamb’s raise, the commissioner’s meetings following that discovery in February 2011, had to twice be moved to the courthouse because the commissioner’s meeting room was full, as was the adjoining hallway. Over a hundred people attended each meeting. In both meetings, people were very vocal in their disapproval. In meetings since, I’ve heard the same complaints.

Roberta L. Wise


  • Chase Wilder

    Call me the Z by JJ Cale St.

    Call me the z
    I keep blowin’ smoke down the road
    Well now they call me the z
    I got my money now I’m headin down the road
    I ain’t worried about nobody
    I don’t care what Bertie reaps from what I sowed

    Ain’t no change in the weather
    Ain’t no changes in z
    Well now my escolade has seats of leather
    That’s all that matters to me
    And I ain’t hidin’ from F.O.B.
    F.O.B. better be hidin’ from me
    Oh, that’s the way its gonna be

    Well I got that green money baby
    Now I’ll keep movin’ on
    Well I got that house behind the fish hatchery
    Won’t be long fore I be movin’ on
    Well I might go out to Macedonia
    Like to brag about doing Georgia
    I don’t like to hear “No”

    Well I don’t care how far Johnny reaches
    conflict makes me feel right at home
    Well I don’t care what David Lawrence teaches
    Their first attorney lives across my home
    But I don’t love me no one woman
    So I can’t stay in Bertie long

    Well now don’t call me little Eddy
    cause I keep blowin’ down Tip Toe road
    Well now don’t call me little Wallace Perry
    Cause I keep blowin’ down Wakelon road
    I really ain’t got me nobody
    I done got my payload
    Oooh Mr Z

    Suggest Removal

  • Chase Wilder

    Come down off your throne and leave Bertie alone.
    Somebody must change.
    You are the reason I’ve been waiting so long.
    Somebody holdz the key.

    But I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time
    And I’m wasted and I can’t find my way home.
    Come down on your own and leave Bertie County alone.
    Somebody must change.
    You are the reason I’ve been blogging all these years.
    Somebody holdz the key.

    But I can’t find my way home.
    But I can’t find my way home.
    But I can’t find my way home.
    But I can’t find my way home.
    Still I can’t find my way home,
    And I’z ain’t done nothing wrong,
    But I can’t find my way home.

    Suggest Removal

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