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Letter to the Editor
Writer defends Mayor Campbell

web posted February 19, 2007

Dear Editor,
I look at Mayor Willie Campbell of Johnston, South Carolina with an optimistic eye as he has been attempting to remove the lines a demarcation between the different sides of the town whether they be black or white, rich or poor, two parent or single parent.  In doing so, Mayor Campbell has struck a nerve within the heart of every type of prejudice that exists in the town of Johnston and seemingly beyond as well.  This is not merely about "beating a dead horse" but about carrying on what was promised to all citizens of Johnston and planned in the previous administration concerning recreation.  
I find it odd that the editor and others would attempt to pick up on Mayor Campbell's so called "arrogant stance" on the issue.  I believe the animosity openly displayed by some of the council members toward the Mayor should take the spotlight.  It is so apparent, venomous comments, accusations and degrading rhetoric are made directly toward the Mayor through some council members during the meetings with use of words in the press such as "Ire being stirred."   
I personally find it appalling and degrading that some of the council and others in our community seem to think the teams gathered by PARD to plan the walking trail is incapable of planning around future development inside the trail.  I furthermore find it insulting to the National Guard that they are capable of fighting for our freedom yet incapable of performing a grade inside a walking trail without showing regard to precision and accuracy. 
I believe the dead horse is being beaten by some of the council members and the press.  If you are going to beat the dead horse you better bring a bigger bag to catch all of the critters that will scamper out.  Mayor Campbell is only the one holding the light so the citizens of the town can see who the scavengers are that feasting on the "dead horses" of Johnston. 
David Taylor
Johnston, SC

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