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From Anonymous.

It seems that the best way to get the recognition of any complaints these days on local TV and newspapers is to disguise myself as “Anonymous” So in fact, that is who I have chosen to be in this letter to you.

I’m not surprised to hear about another eruption created by the Pender County Commissioners. I guess Mr. Norwood Blanchard and Mr. George Brown decided to kiss and make up so now we are on to another episode on the Pender County Comic TV channel series. I don’t want to miss this one. Maybe I should go ahead and set my Tivo just in case.

I think I’m getting the hint from what I’ve heard and read that the Pender County Commissioners are now going after the Health Dept and Dr. Jack Griffith who heads it up. I question why? I always thought that Dr. Jack Griffith was a very bright man. Dr. Griffith seems to have an incredible background and has always run a tight ship which is more than I can say for most management in local governments.

This all seems to be about someone writing anonymous complaint letters to a Commissioner? Who is this person(s)? Is it a he or a she? Is this not something that any county government would attempt to handle within the system first? Whose idea was it to phone the local media in and put on this show? What is the final motive of the Commissioners? Are they looking to get rid of Dr. Griffith? I certainly hope not. I would think that the Dr. is the best thing we have here in Pender County.

No, l would not recommend a confidential independent review coming in to investigate the Pender County Health Dept as George Brown suggested. I do believe it might be in Mr. Brown’s best interest if this were kept confidential as he stated. I would suggest a State Agency should investigate this latest calamity and it should all be out in the open and transparent to the public. I would speculate any investigation would find fault with the Commissioners handling of this situation. I would also suspect an investigation would find that these latest charges of the Pender County Health Dept is fabrication blown up by the insubordination of a few county employees who are looking for personal gain and are being supported by either one or two of the Commissioners. I find this good cause for termination of “Anonymous”. I suggest that everyone go ahead and “lawyer up”. It's going to be a wild ride.

I would also hope Mr. Brown still has those anonymous letters in his possession and would be willing to make them public record. I’m sure one would not have to look far to find out who “Anonymous” is especially when she/he will soon be sitting in Dr. Jack Griffith’s chair if Mr. Brown can somehow find a way to get kick good old Doc out.

Someone please inform the Commissioners that the economy has been in a rut and that many people in government positions across this country are being laid off all because of necessary budget cuts. I’m sure any cuts that are being requested in Pender County are being initiated by someone other than the head of the Health Dept as anonymous and Mr. Brown has suggested. I would think Pender does have a County Manager and a Health Board as most counties do? Maybe Mr. Brown is confused about how this county government works. I’m sure Commissioner Jimmy Tate can fill in Mr. Brown on the inner workings of the Health Department since Mr. Tate sits on the Board of Health.

Someone also inform the Commissioners that the State of North Carolina mandates programs at the County Health Departments to take care of the “indigent and the illegal’s’ whether they are US Citizens are not. It is a law which is far above the Commissioners’ reach and those budget cuts won’t be changing any time soon. I’m sure Mr. Brown would find reason to do away with the Health Dept all together if he could. I never used the county Health facilities, but I’m happy to know it’s there for the folks who need it.

I would also suggest that in the future the local media covering Pender County would do us Pender residents a big favor. Please reach back somewhere and try to find some real journalistic skills in order to report more of a complete story on TV and in the Newspapers. Please spend a little more time, talk to a few more people and ask a few more questions. Anonymous letters are gutless and dangerous. Shame on you for even mentioning what the letter you received said. And shame on you for the last line in the Topsail Voice, “Dr. Griffith could not be reached for comment on this story”. That is also a gutless statement. Did a reporter try? I would rather read “he had no comment”. It would show us readers that the Topsail Voice at least tried to get in touch with the man.

Not all of us living in Pender County are at a mental disadvantage and most of us don’t enjoy the reading about the comics in our local government. It’s not that difficult to be a bit more professional in your reporting. It would also be a good service to this area.

Now, if one could only figure out what Commissioner Jimmy Tate wants out of all this hoopla he presented to the local circus. Calm down Jimmy. I’m sure you will find something important to talk about soon.


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