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Letter to the editor
Commissioners proof doesnt hold up to inspection
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Forsyth County News


[Commissioner] Bell, you claimed that, “Public hearings regarding the ordinance were held months prior to Mr. Sweeney’s complaints and is undeniable proof that there was nothing here aimed at Mr. Sweeney or the complaints,” in your letter to the editor in the May 1, edition of the Forsyth County News.

I dispute your statement regarding “hearings held months prior” as deceptive and misleading. The first public hearing on the ethics ordinance was held on March 3. The second public hearing was held moments after I filed an ethics complaint against you on April 7. The applicable published agenda for April 7 is found at the official Forsyth County government Web site: http:/ /

Mr. Bell you have been caught. Clearly, the “undeniable proof “was that there was one public hearing on March 3 regarding the ethics ordinance, prior to the April 7 hearing. Your swift revenge was an effort to insulate yourself from public scrutiny. Or possibly was there yet another clandestine meeting/hearing the public didn’t know about?

You claim that you “collaborated and cooperated” with the Tea Party by incorporating several of their suggestions. That is like the Democrats claiming collaboration with the GOP on Obamacare. Multiple Tea Party speakers at both hearings encouraged you to abandon all of the self-serving ethics revisions.

You should apologize to the people for your false statements or provide the undeniable proof that multiple public hearings were held months prior to my ethics complaint against you.

Finally, please explain your behavior as it relates to the Scout Oath (or Promise): On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Terence Sweeney