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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingWe live in interesting times…..

Much discussion, distrust, and rumors related to Bladen County school board proposed mergers.

Checked a few headlines from the region….

“Local football game marred by brawl.”

“Warrants reveal Caswell Beach mayor’s alleged ‘secret life.'”

“City of Fayetteville tops study’s list for natural disaster potential.”

“Man arrested in Clinton murder.”

“Four sentenced in Army fuel theft scheme.”

“Four killed in Sunday morning crash.”

“SBI probes sheriff’s missing cash.”

A little unsettling….but it is the world we live in.

On the positive side…..

“Consumer confidence rises again in September”

“Garland Girl Scout earns highest honor for young girls.”

One additional thought….Headline….”Board of Commissioners learning more about working together for the betterment of our county”…..Suggestion…..reduce the number of commissioners from 9 to 7 or 5…..a county of 35,000 has more commissioners than 96% of other 100 counties in the state….I hasten to add, any decision to reduce the number must be approved by the US Justice Department, not likely to happen….

Others with nine (9)..

Guilford (Greensboro) population 501,058

Mecklenburg (Charlotte) population 962,593

Pitt (Greenville) population 172,569

In the area;

Robeson 8 commissioners (pop. 134,822)

Cumberland 7 commissioners (pop.331,279)

Columbus 7 commissioners (pop. 58,107)

Pender 5 commissioners (pop. 54,259)

Sampson 5 commissioners (pop. 64,121)

Wake (Raleigh) 7 commissioners (pop. 945,143)

Bladen 9 commissioners (pop. 35,146)
(Source–NC Association of County Commissioners Directory of NC County Officials.)

Bladen is tough to manage….reduce the number….may solve some relation problems…

Bladen has 9 members on the Board of Education….also among the leaders in the state.

Please don’t text and drive…

The road to success is always under construction.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Don’t be irreplaceable – if you cannot be replaced, you cannot be promoted.

robert g hester

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