2008-07-02 / Editorials

Mumbles

Thoughts on rats and races
Billy Fleming

I smell a rat! And, I think we've been had. Let me put it another way... in my opinion, the Longleaf permit appeal didn't end up in Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore's court by chance.

Can't state that as fact, but I have a very strong suspicion, and I am tending to follow my gut feeling on this one.

This superior court judge abandoned the rule of law in an effort to force a company to abide by a law that does not exist. The question is why?

As soon as I learned which judge was going to hear the case I put my ear to the ground and heard nothing but accolades for her accomplishments.

But, she didn't even try to hide her judicial prejudice the day of the June 3 hearing. I suspect Judge Moore will find the pedestal she hopes to find herself sitting on following her ruling a little more pointed at the top than she had hoped.

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I want to take the opportunity to thank the candidates that participated in Monday night's forum.

It's not easy to sit there in front of that courtroom packed with voters and have questions hurled at you. You all did fine!

And I commend the voters who turned out and packed the courtroom to near standing room only. The thing would have a different ring with the candidates talking to empty seats.

And thanks to chamber president Hilary Halford and EC2055's Lisa Collins who collaborated with us in putting this year's forum together.

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the courthouse and county folks that helped get the courtroom ready for the forum.

Be watching, we're going to do it again in October!

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