Letter to the Editor: July 4th tribute to Rutherford County stewards

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 02:59 PM

Dear Editor

America is about to celebrate another birthday with family picnics, camping, boating, and fireworks. Typical birthdays normally pay tribute to one person.

America's July 4th celebrates the accomplishments of untold tens of thousands of hardworking public employees and volunteers. 

I am fortunate to live in Rutherford County where volunteers like Commissioner Julius Owens and Airport Authority Bob Howard have decided to sacrifice time from family and business to benefit us as a county.  

Before most people are up in the morning Bob Howard is driving the runways checking for burned out light bulbs at the airport. Putting some appointments on hold, Julius Owens is assisting us at the Chamber of Commerce holding ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses.

Sacrificing their time to benefit Rutherford County should not condemn them to endless questions regarding eminent domain over 10 acres.  

Howard entered into a problem regarding federal money and Mr. Owens property. Previous actions toward Mr. Owens was less than professional. (prior to Mr. Howard's arrival). After months of efforts to turn the airport into a real asset for Rutherford County, Mr Howard has succeeded in many important directions. Critics of this land acquisition seem to overlook taxpayer expense at a local level. Condemnation through eminent domain would have cost us unnecessary expense. Taxpayers are in no position to pay higher taxes.

Thank you Julius Owens for your patience in this matter and thank you Bob Howard for your efforts.

We all join together to wish America, Happy Birthday.


Mark Johnson

Forest City