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To the editor: It has been a little more than two weeks since the Village at Calabash lost its District 1 status in the town of Carolina Shores.
You would think the decision to re-district us should have put an end to bad feelings between our community and the town. Guess again.
The feeling’s this community has runs deeper than just district status. When we were annexed five years ago, we were assured of the same services as the community annexing us. The only thing that was guaranteed was, “nothing is guaranteed.”
We have been fighting with our new parents for five years, and it appears there is no end in sight. The only thing we had in our favor was that we had a seat on the council. The very people who never wanted us to have that status have gotten their way, yet again.
The one thing that made this victory (for the town) more vicious than the annexation five years ago is that this was done with the vote of our own commissioner, Tom Puls, who ran for District 1 commissioner this past November.
He was elected to District 1. He claims the district he was elected to did not give him enough votes to win the election. He claims he owes his loyalty to the community that gave him the majority of his votes. He is wrong.
No matter how many votes he received from either community, he ran as a District 1 commissioner and one of the requirements for Mr. Puls was that he had to live in the district in which he was running. That seems to have been the only requirement.
I am guessing loyalty to your community, or the fact that many residents, including myself, not only considered him a friend, but that we also voted for him, doesn’t count either.
We all believed he was going to be good for our community. We thought we finally had a chance against the very town that refuses us everything.
We thought this because for five years he has helped lead the fight. Talk about being stabbed in the back.
Then we have another commissioner who has gone on the record by saying he “feels that there is an underlying resentment in the village against its annexation.” Here’s a news flash for Mr. Dale: There is nothing underlying about it. The resentment is right out in the open for all who are willing to see.
How can the Village at Calabash possibly get anything done with council members whose heads are in places other than on their shoulders?
The town said it had to re-district us in order for the town to move ahead into the future. The only problem is one of its communities is being asked to live in the past.
For these reasons and many more too numerous to mention, I am asking for the resignation of Mr. Puls from the council, posthaste. He has demonstrated with his previous vote he is not worthy of the position he holds.
Should Mr. Puls refuse to do so, I then ask the remaining commissioners and the mayor to take action and put an end, once and for all, to this ongoing battle and misconception it has with the Village at Calabash so we can all move on into the future.
Mr. Puls believes he won the election without the help of his community, Well, Mr. Puls, you are definitely going to lose the next election “with” the help of your community.
The same goes for those who just don’t get it.