Niccolo

Boone, NC

#41 Oct 18, 2011
Some of the top politicians in history have lost early races. It takes courage to run in the first place and there are any number of factors that can sway an election. It does appear that Janet Suzon Smith ran for the office of Mayer in Urbanna, Virginia in May of 2010. She lost that election to Donald Richwine. Mr. Richwine got a little over 66% of the vote; Ms. Smith got a little over 33% of the vote if reports are accurate. Again, there may be any number of factors that could have influenced the election. It appears Ms. Smith had served on the city council in Urbanna and seemed to be well-known to the voters. It would be interesting to know why Mr. Richwine won with such a plurality. If true, the Lenoir election will be the second time in 18 months that Ms. Smith has run for Mayor…in two different towns. It is a free country. It should be noted the race in Urbanna was to replace an incumbent Mayor, Ms. Beatrice Taylor, who did not seek reelection. Food for thought.
OHY

Lenoir, NC

#42 Oct 18, 2011
concerned wrote:
Background IS very important to the public for anyone running for ANY office. The fact that you (Janet)have been in town less than two years is pretty clear to me that you do not know near enough about this entire town to run for ANY office. I don't know what makes you so sure that you are qualified. Just because you held offices in OTHER towns, that has nothing to do with holding office in Lenoir? It has been a chore to get you to respond about your background. That is odd!!I have my mind made up on who I am voting for and it is not you. Newcomer comes to town and wants to take over No way!!!
Well said, lets keep Mayberry as it is. One of the largest burger manufacturing towns in the USA.
Janet Smith

Greer, SC

#43 Oct 19, 2011
Good job professor. Your facts are correct. Ms. Taylor became ill, Mr Richwine, a former council member and the son of a former mayor, had run twice before and lost by 70% of the vote. He is a kind man and his church community rallied behind him. In that community, every two years the local governing body is reelected so this is a normal rotation year. Today in Urbanna the administrator has been before the Grand Jury and charged with 25 counts of embezzlement of Town funds as well as a second Grand Jury convened and the same person was charged with several more counts of embezzlement. As a personal note, I was the only member of Council that voted against the town administrator being installed as Town Treasurer. That is food for thought.
Why would the information that I had applied for the position of Mayor in another Town where I lived in and around 17 years be of concern. Would it be of interest if a qualified professor, administrator, director, chairman of the board, paralegal, etc. applied for a position here after applying in another community? I would think that a redeveloping community might want all the best qualified people to help. As I see it, the qualification of the candidate for any position both public and private is the only criteria that is "food for thought". In public service one is responsible to the public whom they serve and pays their salary. In private industry the employee is responsible to the person who places the candidate for the position within his company. I am qualified and experienced not only as a council member but with 35 years in elected and appointed positions in two different states. Add to that 40 years of business experience in various industries and that just might make a great Mayor for Lenoir.
Gibbons for Mayor

Conover, NC

#44 Oct 19, 2011
What various business's and industry? What were your positions?

Sounds to me you are more of a gypsy.
thinker

United States

#45 Oct 19, 2011
Janet Smith wrote:
Good job professor. Your facts are correct. Ms. Taylor became ill, Mr Richwine, a former council member and the son of a former mayor, had run twice before and lost by 70% of the vote. He is a kind man and his church community rallied behind him. In that community, every two years the local governing body is reelected so this is a normal rotation year. Today in Urbanna the administrator has been before the Grand Jury and charged with 25 counts of embezzlement of Town funds as well as a second Grand Jury convened and the same person was charged with several more counts of embezzlement. As a personal note, I was the only member of Council that voted against the town administrator being installed as Town Treasurer. That is food for thought.
Why would the information that I had applied for the position of Mayor in another Town where I lived in and around 17 years be of concern. Would it be of interest if a qualified professor, administrator, director, chairman of the board, paralegal, etc. applied for a position here after applying in another community? I would think that a redeveloping community might want all the best qualified people to help. As I see it, the qualification of the candidate for any position both public and private is the only criteria that is "food for thought". In public service one is responsible to the public whom they serve and pays their salary. In private industry the employee is responsible to the person who places the candidate for the position within his company. I am qualified and experienced not only as a council member but with 35 years in elected and appointed positions in two different states. Add to that 40 years of business experience in various industries and that just might make a great Mayor for Lenoir.
this is a very good informational article, all towns are not perfect..you still have not stated how you plan on creating all the JOBS that we need. some business have closed because WE THE PEOPLE OF CALDWELL COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LENOIR have not supported them. furniture factories left because they wanted cheaper labor and more profit and better product (so they thought) not because of any officials of the city or county. i think the officials of both government bodies are trying to the best of their ability to get jobs here. if there is not anything to pull from what do they do? you can't buy from an empty wagon.
OHY

Lenoir, NC

#46 Oct 19, 2011
Gibbons for Mayor wrote:
What various business's and industry? What were your positions?
Sounds to me you are more of a gypsy.
I just luv you and yours, you are so predictable. Now as usual the degrading and character assassinations begin, slipped that shot right in there didn't you. Every time a new face appears. All of you guys that enjoy our fair city as it is are going after Smith on Topix, try this instead. Meet with her face to face, public place, with audience members from every corner the city. Don't invite only those that control those, yes, I said those, in office now. Have your snide remarks, name calling and your questions concerning her past history in hand. You will see that if you invite everyone, the vast majority of people that attend doesn't care about "you and yours" snide remarks. They expect solutions that everyone call fair. They will expect solutions for the jobless. This is something that you and yours do not possess. Solutions, solutions, solutions, something that the present people running the city hasn't, doesn't and never will have for the folks of the area, only themselves. I don't know Smith but by her remarks on here and by her history that I can find she would and will eat "you and yours" for lunch if given the chance. You are way out of your league. New ideas coming to town, a new face, she scares you guys doesn't she? Anything new does.
Janet Smith

Greer, SC

#47 Oct 19, 2011
Thank you for the response. As you may know the furniture companies gave the community leaders many years notice the exit was going to happen. As I see it, during that time an aggressive effort by the community leaders needed to pursue alternative enterprises. Some leaders left Lenoir for new ventures. There were many years as the job market shrank that new possibilities were seen as available to other creative communities. During difficult times many local leaders see the trauma, feel the agony of job losses and find it hard to envision the new possibilities. Often it takes new eyes of experience to see that new vision. Do I blame them? NO. I just see the position differently and how I might work for the City of Lenoir working with local groups to secure a new vision.
how

United States

#48 Oct 19, 2011
Janet Smith wrote:
Thank you for the response. As you may know the furniture companies gave the community leaders many years notice the exit was going to happen. As I see it, during that time an aggressive effort by the community leaders needed to pursue alternative enterprises. Some leaders left Lenoir for new ventures. There were many years as the job market shrank that new possibilities were seen as available to other creative communities. During difficult times many local leaders see the trauma, feel the agony of job losses and find it hard to envision the new possibilities. Often it takes new eyes of experience to see that new vision. Do I blame them? NO. I just see the position differently and how I might work for the City of Lenoir working with local groups to secure a new vision.
how do you see the position differently? where are the jobs coming from?
Iceman

Lincolnton, NC

#49 Oct 19, 2011
Janet Smith wrote:
Thank you for the response. As you may know the furniture companies gave the community leaders many years notice the exit was going to happen. As I see it, during that time an aggressive effort by the community leaders needed to pursue alternative enterprises. Some leaders left Lenoir for new ventures. There were many years as the job market shrank that new possibilities were seen as available to other creative communities. During difficult times many local leaders see the trauma, feel the agony of job losses and find it hard to envision the new possibilities. Often it takes new eyes of experience to see that new vision. Do I blame them? NO. I just see the position differently and how I might work for the City of Lenoir working with local groups to secure a new vision.
You have no clue as to what was done to pursue other industries once furniture started to leave. Neptco was recruited and has expanded, Sealed Air has expanded, Vantage foods located in Lenoir, and several other smaller, diversified businesses have come. Do you think they came here all by themselves??? Don't kid yourself!! There's been a global recession and Lenoir has been on the front lines. It's easy to carry the JOBS JOBS JOBS banner but the competition for jobs and industry is as keen as it has been in years. If you get elected, good luck and I hope you can deliver what you say. But don't come in here after 15 months and act like you have all the answers to the last 25-50 years. You don't.
OHY

Lenoir, NC

#50 Oct 19, 2011
thinker wrote:
<quoted text>this is a very good informational article, all towns are not perfect..you still have not stated how you plan on creating all the JOBS that we need. some business have closed because WE THE PEOPLE OF CALDWELL COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LENOIR have not supported them. furniture factories left because they wanted cheaper labor and more profit and better product (so they thought) not because of any officials of the city or county. i think the officials of both government bodies are trying to the best of their ability to get jobs here. if there is not anything to pull from what do they do? you can't buy from an empty wagon.
WE THE PEOPLE OF CALDWELL COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LENOIR controlling businesses success???? What the people of Lenoir, N.C. are guilty of is placing their future into the hands of a select group over a period of time and not asking enough questions concerning why things are as they are and not holding those at fault accountable. Also, after reading again, the key words to your comment to me are "the officials of both government bodies are trying to the best of their ability to get jobs here". To late for that one. You are correct in saying they have given to the best of their abilities. Maybe someone has greater ability, no, someone somewhere DOES have greater ability for the circumstances at hand.
vested interest

Arden, NC

#51 Oct 19, 2011
Best way to support the economy in Caldwell County and create jobs is to support and expand existing business in the county whose owners have a vested interest in staying in the community. Small business already established here have a better opportunity of succeeding and owners are pretty well planted here. Our kids are in school, involved in athletics, churches. How can we help locally owned businesses here? These are the backbone of our community. Not google, not Vantage Foods, not Furniture Brands (as the recent shut down of Caldwell Freight will show, bigger isn't always better). These places are owned by corporations OUTSIDE of this community. Look at McReary Modern, Minton Lumber, Forbes Printing, Kelly's Sports, Help companies like these. Question is, how?
Not voting for the gypsy

Hickory, NC

#52 Oct 19, 2011
Iceman wrote:
<quoted text>You have no clue as to what was done to pursue other industries once furniture started to leave. Neptco was recruited and has expanded, Sealed Air has expanded, Vantage foods located in Lenoir, and several other smaller, diversified businesses have come. Do you think they came here all by themselves??? Don't kid yourself!! There's been a global recession and Lenoir has been on the front lines. It's easy to carry the JOBS JOBS JOBS banner but the competition for jobs and industry is as keen as it has been in years. If you get elected, good luck and I hope you can deliver what you say. But don't come in here after 15 months and act like you have all the answers to the last 25-50 years. You don't.
amen.
Not voting for the gypsy

Hickory, NC

#53 Oct 19, 2011
OHY wrote:
<quoted text>WE THE PEOPLE OF CALDWELL COUNTY AND THE CITY OF LENOIR controlling businesses success???? What the people of Lenoir, N.C. are guilty of is placing their future into the hands of a select group over a period of time and not asking enough questions concerning why things are as they are and not holding those at fault accountable. Also, after reading again, the key words to your comment to me are "the officials of both government bodies are trying to the best of their ability to get jobs here". To late for that one. You are correct in saying they have given to the best of their abilities. Maybe someone has greater ability, no, someone somewhere DOES have greater ability for the circumstances at hand.
So Mrs Smith can wave a magic wand and educate all the under-educated unemployed people in Caldwell County? That is the problem with this county, most quit work and didnt value education enough to finish but went straight to the factory to work and now they expect to still have a job yet they struggle to read and write or balance a checkbook.

Yes furniture has provided a great life for a lot of people in this county, however Jesus himself could not keep the jobs from going to China, the corporations wanted cheap labor and big profits...the short term is that people are not working and the economy is bad, but years from now, our children will be better educated to be successful in a more competitive workforce. They will use their hands as well as their minds.

Ms Smith can make all the promises she wants, but as Mayor (a position in Lenoir that is nothing more than figure head) She is just spouting of rhetoric to attempt to get elected.

She is doing just like Debra Venti a few years back, she and taking the underhanded approach of running for office and using the "vote for new and better" approach, but she really doesn't have any ideas or policies she would like to apply.

She's only been "in town" for the last 18 months, and she's done nothing but bash the city b/c they didnt help bail out the Hogwaller folk due to their poor financial decisions. Now all she wants to do is be elected so she can change policy to benefit her business ventures in downtown.

Some of us see that she is being nothing more than opportunistic for the sake of herself and others....I sure hope the "Bailout" $$ that was raised for Hogwaller isnt being used to finance this jack leg campaign.
easydoesit

Bostic, NC

#54 Oct 19, 2011
Iceman wrote:
<quoted text>You have no clue as to what was done to pursue other industries once furniture started to leave. Neptco was recruited and has expanded, Sealed Air has expanded, Vantage foods located in Lenoir, and several other smaller, diversified businesses have come. Do you think they came here all by themselves??? Don't kid yourself!! There's been a global recession and Lenoir has been on the front lines. It's easy to carry the JOBS JOBS JOBS banner but the competition for jobs and industry is as keen as it has been in years. If you get elected, good luck and I hope you can deliver what you say. But don't come in here after 15 months and act like you have all the answers to the last 25-50 years. You don't.
Calm down...give Janet the credit for figuring out just how bad things are in Lenoir in "15 months". A complete stranger would figure it out in about 2 days. All you have to do is strike up a conversation with any local and they will tell you just how difficult life is.

Janet is well aware of what Lenoir was, is, and what it could be.

We all have a vital decision to make for Lenoir in the coming weeks, vote old or vote new!!

Would you prefer it take another 25-50 years to bring a new vision to our town?
Iceman

Lincolnton, NC

#55 Oct 19, 2011
After this post, I'm through with this thread. My vote won't be for Smith. Not because she's new to town but because she is a one issue candidate. In all I've read and heard, she doesn't give a rip (or doesn't know) about the other critical issues facing Lenoir. IT"S NOT ALL ABOUT DOWNTOWN!!!!!! I'm sick of hearing about downtown all the time. Look around, more $$$ has been spent on downtown (streets, signs, etc.) than in the rest of the city. And the REST of the city is important too!!! And they VOTE!! There are huge issues regarding budgets, state funding, public safety, public works, streets, aging infrastructure .......... I'd rather have someone that has experience in dealing with these issues and will at least deal with them. Maybe Smith should be the new EDC director??
Ideas

Hickory, NC

#56 Oct 19, 2011
easydoesit wrote:
<quoted text>
Calm down...give Janet the credit for figuring out just how bad things are in Lenoir in "15 months". A complete stranger would figure it out in about 2 days. All you have to do is strike up a conversation with any local and they will tell you just how difficult life is.
Janet is well aware of what Lenoir was, is, and what it could be.
We all have a vital decision to make for Lenoir in the coming weeks, vote old or vote new!!
Would you prefer it take another 25-50 years to bring a new vision to our town?
She needs to tell us what her plans are for helping bring/created jobs in Lenoir. As mayor how can she do that? Is she the only one who is capable? Not Mayor Barlow, not Mr. Gibbons?

You can say JOBS JOBS JOBS all you want, but as the saying goes, you either shit or get off the pot.
Carolina Watchdog

Morganton, NC

#57 Oct 19, 2011
Lenoir NC is exactly where (& what) the City Council wants it to be. Otherwise it would be different! The council and the business owners (that's the people who vote and keep the council in office until death or want more time for golf & fishing).

Cholesterol Blvd (once known as Hwy 321 North/Blowing Rock Blvd) shows traveling folk we're a modern, progressive city with the top of the line Wal Mart, Fast Food places and a State of the Art Bowling Alley where our families can go bowl a game (IF THEY DON'T MIND SKIPPING A MEAL that day.

Why heck!!! we even have a Krispy Kreme.

Yep, Yard Sales, Scrap Metal and Lawn Mowing are
doing fine jobs of creating money to pay your bills (combined with your Food Stamps and Unemployment Checks) WE'RE DOING JUST FINE.

See we've been so foolish for 75 years not realizing we didn't really need those Furniture and Truck Driving Jobs.
OHY

Lenoir, NC

#58 Oct 19, 2011
Not voting for the gypsy wrote:
<quoted text>
amen.
Amen?????That took a great deal of forethought.......Simon says jump, do you guys always jump? Of course you do. Have always, will always, and in perfect step every time city elections roll around. In the case you are sitting there scratching your heads wondering where Simon came from, Simon was chosen as an example for the children that are participating on Topix.

The Simons have control of city leaders that passes Simons wishes to the rest of the people, without asking the people I might add.
Dude

Charlotte, NC

#59 Oct 19, 2011
Lenoir is mostly a victim of the times. We are a community that has been decimated by the federal government making it advantageous for businesses to prosper in overseas markets. People think furniture is overseas due to the higher and higher profit margins gained by using cheap labor. The truth is if they were still in Lenoir they would be out of business due to the competition of overseas labor used by other companies. It would appear the answer would be to make it senseless to manufacture overseas due to the incentives and tax credits due to creating local jobs. I don't think Mrs. Smith has a clue. The office of mayor in Lenoir is to represent Lenoir well at public functions and as a representative of Lenoir at statewide and federal functions. The basic job requirement is to be willing to donate a great deal of time for the community and be willing to be a "solid citizen" representative. If Mrs. Smith has the ability to "create jobs" then why has she not done so for herself and others. Her "job creation" plan could be implemented through the EDC. That way the entire county could be benefited by her plan. Or even do it on a state wide level. If Mrs. Smith is such a grand businessperson where is the evidence of that? It appears to me that Mrs. Smith is wanting to do what Mr. Barlow does, which is to take a job that not many people want to help his on self interest. Mr. Barlow has used his position as mayor to greatly benefit himself. He has pressured people to use his reality company if they want to keep their jobs with the city and as a first face to see in Lenoir for new businesses like Google. There are also a great many issues with Mr. Barlow's character that could potentially embarrass Lenoir if known. Although I don't think Joe Gibbons has a magic wand to create jobs or bring the average Lenoirite a higher standard of living I do think that he will represent Lenoir as a man of outstanding character. He and his family will not embarrass the citizens and will clearly be available to the citizens when issues arise. He is the only one in the race that has the citizens best interest at heart. At least that is what I think.
SimpleSimon

Lincolnton, NC

#60 Oct 19, 2011
You insult those who do their homework and make a conscious decision to support who they want. If Smith wins, then the people will have spoken. If it's Gibbons or Barlow, they will have spoken. Favoring one over the other is a choice and it doesn't mean those people are blindly following behind. Sounds like you don't have tolerance for someone who differs from your viewpoint.

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