Political grandstanding at play?

Published 11:53 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2007

I would never have to ask my father-in-law why he chose to run for office, nor why he asks for the opportunity to continue to serve Adams County and the citizens of District 1. It is evident to all who know Sammy Cauthen that he has a deep love of Natchez and Adams County.

He has earned the respect of his peers and other leaders on local, regional and national levels for his leadership, wisdom and strength of character. This was in evidence in 2004 when he was elected to serve as president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. Sammy has shown on numerous occasions the ability to make tough decisions when needed, while keeping an open mind to all sides of a situation. On a personal level, I’ll tell you that this man is beloved by his family and large circle of friends for his personal strength, ever present humor and kind heart.

After reading a recent letter to the editor by Marilyn Felter

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Alexander, I felt compelled to respond. While it’s certainly commendable that she is supportive of her brother Spanky Felter, I felt the disparaging remarks and innuendo directed toward other supervisors to be uncalled for. I’m particularly puzzled by Ms. Felter Alexander’s notion that because the majority of supervisors voted for a tax increase they are guilty of lacking “grounded morals.”

Having to make a difficult and unpopular decision does not reflect bad moral character — in my opinion, it’s reflective of just the opposite. Don’t we want elected officials in office that have the backbone to do what needs to be done, not

individuals that take the easy road for fear of what may happen to them in the next election? No supervisor likes to vote for a tax increase, but let’s face it. Taxes are fact of life, and in order to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living, increases are sometimes necessary.

On another note, Ms. Felter Alexander questions the pay raise that supervisors received during this past term. If those supervisors who voted against the raise were sincere in their opposition, why did they accept the raise? I’m quite sure that they would be allowed to return the additional income to the county coffers, if they so chose.

Perhaps, there was a little political grandstanding at play?

Ms. Felter Anderson and I do agree on one very important point. Be aware of what’s going on in our county government. Don’t just rely on “I heard” or “he said” or “they say.” Supervisors’ meetings are open to the public. I challenge all citizens to attend at least one of these meetings. I’ve sat in on a few, and it was a real

learning experience. Lastly, I encourage everyone to think very carefully about the character, integrity and experience of all candidates in the runoff and November elections before casting your ballot. Your vote can make a difference.

Kim Cauthen

Natchez resident