Readers Write

Give me a break. Numerous people have made the claim that since the infamous Calvert/Glenn tape was a private conversation that was never meant to be heard by the public that we should just forget about it and move on. They claim that Dean Calvert has never shown any bias in his work ethic. Those same people like to add in cliched arguments like, “We’ve all said things in private that we aren’t proud of,” and “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” If this, or something similar, is your mindset on the matter then I’d like to say to you, “Give me a break!”

Biases are often implicit. They can be subtle and subconscious. Take a stroll down Hoods Cross Road in Oneonta (District 3) and ask any of the minority residents how they feel about their commissioner and any effect his personal biases may have had on the paving schedule. I am positive they have thought, at some point in time, that race was a major factor as to why their road wasn’t repaired.

As for how/why the video of Mr. Calvert’s conversation was released… within the confines of this issue… IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER. Whether or not the one that released it has some ulterior motive is a separate issue entirely. Conspiring to use the people of Blount County as pawns for personal gain is unacceptable. We, as a community, will deal with that when the time comes, but for now we must confront the county official on the video. This is not something that should ever be swept under the rug. We cannot forget and move on.

Finally, of course everyone has done and said things that we aren’t proud of. That is absolutely true. But most of us have never been elected into an office where we are expected to represent the citizens of this county. Our day-to-day life doesn’t affect 60,000 people. We do not control tens of millions of dollars from tax revenues, fines, fees, etc. That’s why it is imperative that we, the people of Blount County, cast the first stone. Not because we are without sin, but because we are TIRED of the people WE trusted, the people WE elected, the people WE pay to do what is right using the job WE gave them to take advantage of us and do things that we do NOT approve of.

Mr. Calvert, the same people that paid for your salary, your benefits, and even your sex condo at the beach, are the same people asking you to do what is right. Please resign.

Robert H. Sweatman II, Cleveland