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Letter: Ed Gower
Stroud record explained

Friday, October 5, 2012

In response to Michael Elder’s question (“Explain Stroud’s record”) in the letter section Oct. 2, “Maybe someone who supports Councilman (Mark) Stroud could write back to explain (his record),” well, I will take a shot.

Elder started with three concerns that he feels are bad for the citizens of Martinsville: The hotel, the baseball team and the power plant (Prairie State). These three were voted on and passed by city council, which means that at least two of the council members voted the same as Councilman Stroud. The majority rules.

Obviously Elder has very little concern for the well-being of the citizens of Martinsville but a personal agenda against Councilman Stroud. Since he “took the time and read some of the minutes from last year’s council meetings,” why is there no mention of the other council members who also voted the same as Councilman Stroud? Are they not as culpable as Councilman Stroud? No one member can raise taxes and fees. Majority rules.

As for Elder’s statement; “He has voted against the interest of those on the West Side,” that sounds rather suspect to me. Is that a reference to the vote on the Human Rights and Relations Committee, which, again, was decided by a majority vote?

I have known Mark Stroud for 40 years, and he is one of my oldest and best friends. I know that his vote is not based on race, creed or color, but on what is best for all citizens of Martinsville. I have not always agreed with some of council’s decisions, but I know that the citizen’s voice will be heard as long as Councilman Mark Stroud is a member of the city council. Martinsville is lucky that it has such a good representative of our area. Michael Elder, I hope this has answered your concerns.

Ed Gower



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