Your View: Why can’t City Council give up a year?

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 03:14 PM

Why is it assumed that the legislation restoring High Point’s previous municipal election cycle must reward the incumbents with a 50-percent extension of their terms?
There is another way to achieve the transition.
The City Council members ought to demonstrate their commitment to odd-numberedness by sacrificing a year instead of gaining one.

Renaming street is business hardship
It was disappointing to me to learn that Mayor Bernita Sims is placing high on her political agenda the renaming of a street in High Point to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  When I voted for Sims, I thought her to be the most qualified candidate for mayor.  Her experience on City Council seemed to assure that she was well acquainted with the issues and concerns facing the citizens of High Point. Renaming a street does not fall into either of those categories. There are some real problems here that deserve her attention.
Renaming of a street is also untimely, given today’s economic climate for small business.  Councilman Jeff Golden, as reported in the Enterprise on Feb. 17, believes that changing an address is a relatively simple matter. Perhaps he fails to realize the expense involved, such as reprinting all the company’s business forms, letterhead, business cards, etc., and the man-hours required to notify creditors, customers and regulatory agencies. None of this is accomplished without cost to the company. I doubt that the small businesses affected by such a change would consider it inconsequential.
Although I see nothing wrong with honoring Dr. King, I am asking Mayor Sims to put this venture aside and direct her attention and that of City Council to resolving more significant problems facing High Point today.
High Point


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