Support all commissioners equally

Published 11:23 am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

To the editor:

A few days ago, interim county manager Marche Pittman submitted a picture and caption to the Tryon Daily Bulletin showing commissioners Owens and Gage at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners 2013 Annual Conference in Greensboro, N.C.

The caption said that these two commissioners “proudly represented Polk County” there, suggesting that they were the only Polk County commissioners in attendance. Commissioner Ray Gasperson also attended the conference. They were all at least at one of the events together. Commissioner Gasperson also proudly represents Polk County and represented us well, as he has at the conferences in other years.

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Couldn’t commissioner Gasperson’s name at least have been mentioned in the caption even though he wasn’t invited to be in the picture? Is this another barrier to communication and collegiality. I think the commissioners and interim county manager should share information openly and work together for all the people of Polk County. I hope Mr. Pittman is supporting all the commissioners and remains neutral, treating them all equal.

– Gary Poague, Columbus