The truth about lies and prejudice

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 01:44 PM.


The Merriam-Webster definition of prejudice is as follows: Injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one’s rights.

The ugly face of prejudice reared its head once more in my life last week; and this time, I’m not going to sit quietly and pretend it didn’t happen. This time I am going to confront the wrongful accusations and misinformation that turned a simple zoning meeting into a witch hunt. This time I’m going to give those who accused me the facts they require and maybe, just maybe, they will listen and learn something.

On April 9, I attended the Town of Holly Ridge town meeting to have the board consider my application to rezone my property located off of N.C. 50 and outside the city limits of HollyRidge. This application was at the request of HollyRidgeand I obliged them (at the cost of $250). I was told by the Town of Holly Ridge the meeting would be to discuss rezoning only and no other aspects would be addressed at this time — sounded fair enough — so I arrived with maps and documents in hand that Tuesday evening.

Upon arrival, I was told to sign up if I wanted to speak. I explained that I would be presenting maps and documents about the property. They informed me that I would have three minutes and that was all. I found this odd; shouldn’t people know what we are discussing?

When the meeting began I noticed that my rezoning application was the only item on the agenda. I wondered what number I had been assigned to speak about the rezoning. Of course I would be one of the first, right? Wrong again.

The meeting was called to order and a few items were read before the subject of the zoning was announced. Heather Reynolds, town clerk, who timed each person for three minutes, began by reading two emails she claimed had been sent by people who could not attend.

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