Berger stays quiet, commission tries to focus on county issues

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Submitted: Wed, 09/07/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Wed, 09/07/2011 - 6:21pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners met Tuesday night for their first formal meeting since last week’s controversies involving Brian Berger.

Although Berger told WWAY Monday he was considering resigning, Tuesday that did not seem to be the case.

Berger stayed quiet the majority of the night, but other commissioners were relatively outspoken about the distraction that his personal life has become.

“Everyone including Brian understands that something has to change, but he’s the only one that can make the changes,” Commission Vice Chair Jason Thompson said. “I will be there to help him or offer advice or any type of help that he needs, but really he’s the only one that can change himself and change the situation.”

Other commissioners shared perspective with Berger as well.

“I told him, number one, he needs to do what’s best for himself as well as for New Hanover County,” New Hanover County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said. “Take a step back and examine and reexamine all that has happened over the past while and determine how effective he can be and will be in county government and is this a good fit for him right now? But that’s a decision that Brian Berger has to make. It’s not a decision the Board of Commissioners can make for him.”

Commissioners agreed that they want the focus off Berger and on county issues.

One of those issues is debris left from Hurricane Irene. A decision was made to front the necessary money for the cleanup with 100 percent of that money being repaid by FEMA and state government. The cleanup could begin as early as the beginning of next week.


  • Guest461 says:

    Voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of your county, state and country! If you can’t remember who you voted for, then you evidently don’t know WHY you voted which means you were at the polls just pushing pretty buttons and listening to the cool buzzing sounds. Geeeeez…

    THAT kind of voting is exactly why our country is being led and destroyed by an incompetent president. First time, minority voters that had NOTHING other than skin color and free stuff coming to them on their minds!

  • Wade Griffis says:

    It used to be that we could talk with our neighbor without wanting to kill him.

    I realize that everything changed on 9-11. Our lives changed forever. That does not mean that we should kill everybody who disagrees with us or our religion.

    I was raised as Southern Baptist. Even I do not believe the BS that they are pushing now.

    That does not give me a reason to want to kill them.

    It does give me a reason to wonder if I want to share the afterlife (in their minds, Heaven) with them.

  • Wade griffis says:

    Well you see Mr 461, I am the guy who signs his real name to his posts. I am 72 years old and spent 60 years of my life earning a living.

    I have earned the right to say whatever I want to say. You are right, though. I will use that dollar to help you renew your meds.

    If you have the guts to use your real name!

  • Guest says:

    Stay Brian!!

    At least you are entertaining and thats more I can say for the rest of the idiots on there. I figured you would be saved anyway with all Barfield’s praying he claims he does

  • Wade griffis says:

    Everybody you have ever voted for. I certainly do not. But if I ever see Guest 461 on the ballot, I will certainly know who not to vote for.

  • Wade griffis says:

    I am neither a first time voter nor am I a person of color, unless you consider white a color. In that case, I plead guilty.

    I do tend to vote for whoever is not in office. I plead guilty.
    If your life is so dull that you remember the name of everyone you have ever voted for, then I offer you my condolences.

  • ConcernedCitizen01 says:

    Berger staying in an active political office is an embarrassment not only to his political party and affiliation, but to the citizens of New Hanover County as well.

    His personal actions harm his party’s political interests and advancements, and the public attention he is receiving tarnishes the reputation of the county.

    Mr. Berger, the majority of the citizens you represent wish or mean you no harm. The majority in fact most likely hope you will seek the professional services needed for you to personally sustain and enjoy a happy and prosperous life.

    With the economy in shambles, unemployment rates at record highs, there has simply been too much negative attention brought to your issues. Some of that attention is self -inflicted, and other has been press hounding.
    Regardless of the what, when, where, or who….

    Please sir.. for the citizens you represent and those who voted for you, please step down, get out of the public spotlight and primarily, take care of yourself Mr. Berger, before you continue to do irrefutable harm to the image of our county, the citizens you were elected to represent, and the political party which you have embarrassed.

    Each one of us in our lives at one time or another goes through personal issues.

    Each one of us when we have issues that need attention focus on resolving the problems on our own or through assistance/professional services.
    I advise you sir, for your own personal health and wellbeing to do the same before the pressures associated with everything gone not only in your life, but whet is being brought upon you, further burden, or harm you getting to the place you need to be.

    You don’t even have to “resign”… You may simply tell your party you need to take a medical leave of absence that could possibly last through the rest of your term, for personal and undisclosed medical reasons of necessity….

    This way, you never “resigned”, you save face, and you get the help needed to be the leader you have the potential to be.
    Please step down sir. Your current situation is impeding the ability of our county leadership to effectively and efficiently perform the job they were elected to do and it is causing your county and your political party to look like an unprofessional sack of moonshined up hillbillies.
    Please go and take care of yo7urself Mr. Berger….. Please…………..

  • Straight Shooter says:

    What small amount of trust or credibility Berger may have had is now gone thru his own actions. It’s just a matter of time before his next embarrissmsnt. Berger must GO!!

  • Wade griffis says:

    This is a man who is crying out for attention. He needs help and he needs it soon.

    If the commision does not have mental help on their medical plan, then the commissioners should chip in and pay for his help.

    They are the reason, after all, that we put an unknown in office. I do not even remember if I voted for him or not. I do have a history of voting out the same tired old rascals.

    I myself am poor, but would donate $1.00 to help this man.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    Bingo! Sure enough. Head down mouth shut, except for seconding a couple of motions. Now Mr. Berger can crawl back in His hole and try to remain out of the spotlight for a week….Maybe. So, now the commission can remain on 80% occupancy for at least a week. I still await the inevitable. It’s just a matter of time.

  • Paul says:

    After each Berger “event”, I’ve said to myself. Good now we can move on. Then like clockwork, 2-4 weeks later another Berger news cycle. I’m embarrassed for my vote for him, I’m embarrassed for my Republican Party for not coming out with a single solitary word to distance themselves from him, and I’m embarrassed for my County as he’s made it a statewide laughingstock. And no Berger fans, I don’t blame the relentless media coverage, this is all Mr. Berger’s doing. If the mayor or one of the local state delegation were to have made even half of the same news as Berger, it would have been even bigger state and local news.

  • Guest461 says:

    We’ll do the “honorable thing” whilst you entiltlement recipients continue to rally for more suckling money to keep you on your butts while waiting for more “free stuff, hope and change”!

    Do you check your mailbox daily for those new welfare checks or can you walk that far without having someone do it for you?

  • Tea Bagger says:

    Since I consider myself one of the Tea Party, yes I would use the FEMA money for picking up the debris left behind by the storm. I am among the 50% of Americans who pay taxes and the Gov’t is here to assist us during times of disaster… such as storm damage. You never hear of anyone screaming about spending money to help storm ravaged citizens. Besides, my tree hugging lib neighbor would have a stroke if I were to burn the debris and destroy his ozone again!

    C-Man, if I had the chance I would ask you one question. If your household earns $5,000 per month but your bills add up to $7,500 per month what would be your first objective? Rob a bank? Print some “funny-money” in your basement? Or would it be wiser to cut back on your debt? I guess it is just so hard for me to understand a Liberal’s way of thinking and why this is not CRYSTAL CLEAR!?!

    One last thing… it is apparent to me that Americans are becoming more and more tolerent of socialism. We have become a country of takers and there are fewer and fewer makers. Why work hard to earn a living when you can stand with your hand held out and have it given to you by Uncle Sam? It is pathetic actually.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    It will be burned once it dries out. I don’t need the government to take care of me.

    Plus, this way, I get to pump a pound or so of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Doesn’t that just break your lil’ liberal heart?

  • C-Man says:

    I guess I am safe to assume that all the “tea baggers” will do the honorable thing and dispose of their own yard waste so that they are not using FEMA or state money. Yeah, right.

  • Guest1118 says:

    I can’t even believe that I’m addressing you after your revolting but not surprising use of that disgusting perjorative for Tea Party folks.

    First of all, yes, we DID take care of our storm debris at my house; we burned it. I am lucky enough to live in the unincorpated part of the county which thanks to the GOP majority in the GA, many of whom were elected through the hard work of Tea Partiers like myself, will NOT be annexed.

    What you on the left do not seem to grasp, due no doubt to your lack of education, is that small government proponents don’t want zero government. That would be anarchy. What we are in favor of is that government provide the basic services which they are intended to do: police, fire and the like. Baseball stadiums, endless parks and “green spaces” in a county with beaches, convention centers, walking trails, etc., all paid for by tax increases, coupled with excessive regulations, high salaries and outrageous pensions for governement and quasi-government employees and the like are NOT want governement should be involved with.

    People of your limited intelligence, an only name-call when confronted with facts.

  • Guest says:

    Now, children…..

  • GuestLee says:

    I totally agree with your plea to Mr. Berger.

    Mr. Berger, please, for your own sake, and for the sake of the citizens of New Hanover County, please step down.

  • C-Man says:

    Just leave it to a tea bagger to go off point to advance their own agenda. Just think how much you would save the government if all of you stood on your own two legs and paid to have it disposed of, maybe at one of our commissioners businesses. But no, you want the government to do it for you. As far as being liberal, I work 50 hours a week and am a veteran and I believe in a democratic form of government. Why don’t you find some of your chicken hawk friends build a bonfire and have a Rick Perry rally.

  • GuestJimz says:

    Well now that I like most have cleaned up the debri because we all knew we get what we pay for in New Hanover County is nothing. I wonder how much of the Fema money will go to Mr Thompson and his interest. Wonder if they will reimburse those New Hanover County residents that took them for their word. NOT. All I can hope for is to say good bye to all of them as they leave office. It would be bitter sweet. As for Berger I do blame the attitudes of all the commissioners. He is responsible for his own actions but how do you deal with the a commission thats already disfunctional and was on his case before the personal problems arose. Bring back Mr.Caster he was not half as bad as those in there now.

  • C-Man says:

    Why do you Tea Baggers have to insult my intelligence and call me names? It is because your arguments make no sense and that is your last resort. “Keep your government hands off my Medicare”, sums up perfectly what I’m saying. If you think any Republican has the little man’s best interest at heart, I’d like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. Where are all the jobs that were created by keeping taxes low for the top 2% money earners? It is not being used to create jobs. Ask George Sr. about voodoo economics, he’ll tell you. So stick to arguments that make sense, if you have any.

  • Guest Apu says:

    I agree with your comment about voodoo economics. I think a majority of economists agree that tax cuts increase the deficit, and that suppy-side amd trickle-down economics models are unsuccessful.

    If you think that providing tax cuts to the rich will encourage them to invest more in businesses, or create jobs, you live in a fantasy land. It simply shifts more of the tax burden to the middle-class.

  • Tea Bagger says:

    C-Man, you are kidding, right? Tea Partiers want to cut back on spending and that makes no sense to you? It is hard to insult the intelligence of someone who displays none.

    You insist on taking more taxes from top 2% money earners (note that YOU said “earners”). What would be the amount you see is fair to take from them? 50%? 75%?? Even if you take 100% of their money, we would still be spending more than we take in. Not sure why you don’t see the hard mathmatical facts… we can’t sustain this level of Gov’t spending much longer before we have gone beyond the point of no return.

    But none of that matters to the Liberal. Just as long as our Gov’t keeps handing out freebies…. life is good.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Why should Mister Jones have to pay a tax rate of 39% while Mister Smith pays a rate of 10%?

    Do we have “equal protection of law” or not?

    Do we live in a country founded upon the premise that all men are created equal, or not?

    Then why do we penalize Mister Jones and reward Mister Smith. Why do we allow and accept a tax code that treats Americans differently?

    According to the IRS, the top 10% of earners pay 69.94% of all personal income taxes collected…..but you think they should pay more? The top 1% of earners pays 38.02% of all personal income taxes collected. That’s not “their fair share?” That’s not enough to satisfy you?

    BTW, I’m six years away from Medicare and firmly believe that it needs to be phased out….along with Medicaid. Both are part of the failed Great Society, the “War on Poverty” that has done nothing but destroy three generations of poor Americans by conditioning them to be totally dependent upon government for everything.

  • Guest says:

    It sure breaks my heart….uh, lungs. I have a respiratory condition which is made worse by all the smoke/pollution in the air. This should put me in a coughing fit for days…thanks.

    Oh, and thanks for making the ozone layer thinner too. I had skin cancer a few years back, and I’m really looking forward to another round of chemo.

    So, in short, your lack of dependence on “the government” will contribute to my total dependence on the same to pay for health care to my nursing home that my insurance won’t cover.

    You’re just too smart for me!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    You’ve made a choice to be a non-contributory societal leech, and until this country gets smart and disposes of you voluntarily worthless slugs, I guess I’ll just have to support you.

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