Not board’s way, but citizens’ way

August 19, 2013


In reading The Sampson Independent Aug. 15, 2013, the article titled “Pecking Order,” it addressed the keeping of chickens in the town limits of Roseboro. For some time this keeps creeping up again and again. It seems to me that the people keep speaking and the town board keeps turning a deaf ear to them.

In the article Laura Gray asked attorney Billie Poole what options were available to the citizens. Mayor David Alexander reminded her that the board had already made THE decision on keeping chickens in town. I will get back to this in a moment.

Let me say that I was very surprised one day while in a neighborhood in Fayetteville when I saw a police officer standing down a pit bull that had just killed a man’s prize Rhode Island red rooster and its hens. I stopped and asked the officer what was going on and if I had really seen that rooster laying there. He said yes and that the dog had come through the fence, gone into the coop and killed the chickens. I was surprised that people could even have chickens in the city of Fayetteville. He explained that the city allowed up to six chickens and two goats. Yes, that is six chickens and two goats in the city of Fayetteville. Learning of this, I thought of the recent articles I had seen in the Independent about the little town of Roseboro and their ban of any farm animals in their little town limits. I couldn’t help thinking that the leaders of Roseboro sure have some backwards ideas about rural living in Sampson County, N.C.

Now to get back to the board meeting that was reported in the paper. The town allows the citizens to address issues with the board in an open forum, but they don’t always like the questions that they are asked. I believe the mayor was out of line by giving Ms. Gray the responded about “the board had already denied the request for keeping chickens in town.” He should have given her an option to the problem or told her that if they would like to get input from other citizens on the issue and would revisit it again at a later date. As for Roland Hall, I can understand that he has dealt with this issue before, but he is a servant of the citizens of Roseboro and he owes it them, as does the mayor and other members of the town board, to listen to their citizens.

This is the problem with politics in America today. Too many that are supposed to be servants of the citizens believe that they are the final word on all issues. Friends, let me tell you, they are NOT. The citizens are the ones who rule their town, city, county, state and, yes, even the federal government. As voters, we can decide who to elect and who not to elect.

Yes, Ms. Laura Gray, you have an option — seek new citizens to run for office and help them get elected. Find people that share the common concerns of the majority of the citizens and get out the vote so that you can get rid of the tired old politicians that say I am the leader and I am going to do it my way.

It isn’t the board’s way, it’s the citizens way. That is why the Constitution starts off, “We the People…” and not We the Government.

I can say I really don’t have a dog in this fight because I am not held hostage by a town or city limits. I enjoy the country life, though I did grow up outside of Roseboro and Salemburg and consider them my hometowns. Still, I am glad I live in the country. We have enough issues with county government, so I’m really glad I don’t have to deal with city or town government as well.

Many years ago I adopted a quote from Franc White who was known as the Southern Sportsman, and it is simple, “Don’t re-elect anyone, not even your mama!”

Stephen Hulen