Meeting date July 25, 2023
Public comment by Donna M.
Photography by Simply American
I’m here to support the new BOC, hereinafter referred to as “the Board,” Mr. Gibbs, Jack Jordan, and the Kallman Legal Group. I’m here to support Lucy Ebel against the recall effort being launched by two failed candidates for office, one of whom, thankfully, lost to Commissioner Ebel. The person who lost to Commissioner Ebel demonstrates he’s an extremely partisan political agitator who often displays his disdain for many people in this county. He doesn’t have any solutions to any issues our county faces. By contrast, Commissioner Ebel voted for the Protection of Childhood Innocence and the Constitutional County resolutions passed by the Board. She has a history as a nurse, skilled in taking care of people, and she’s the first Latina elected to this board.
I want to remind everyone that Lucy Ebel and the rest of the new Board campaigned and were elected by the voters on the promise of parental rights and replacing the health director. The previous Board was aware that the new commissioners planned to appoint a new health director and, in spite of the voters, they went ahead and appointed Adeline Hambley to that position on December 13, 2022, as they headed out the proverbial door. By doing this, the previous Board denied the voters and their elected representation the opportunity to hire a new health director. The previous Board put Ms. Hambley in an unfortunate situation.
Those who are angry about the money being used to defend the new commissioners should direct that anger at the previous Board who willfully denied voters the representation they voted for. These new commissioners are fulfilling their campaign promises to their voters and it should make us all angry that they must defend against that. They also had to defend themselves in a case involving the Open Meetings Act, in which a very “progressive” attorney general had already concluded they did not violate. As a voter, I’m once again feeling disenfranchised by these tactics being perpetrated against the new commissioners.
While we’re unfortunately having to spend more in legal representation, there is an area where we’re saving. Eliminating the DEI office is saving the county approximately $286,000 a year.
On June 29, 2023, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. vs. Harvard and the University of Carolina that affirmative action admissions policies violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. This is just the start. CRT and DEI type programs do not eliminate racism; they perpetuate it. I welcome teaching our youth about factual American and world history, without any sort of a political or cultural slant by a system designed to destroy the “united” in our states and causes what it claims to want to end.
Thank you and God Bless America!
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