David Blais for council
Never again should we be led down the Primrose Path by some in Mount Airy before finding out all the facts regarding any issue involving Town Hall and Town Council issues.
To do otherwise will only result in having egg on our faces when truths hit the light of day, as they did last winter. And that should be the reasoning applied to this year's Town Council elections.
Four men, all from one development, are vying for mayor and two council seats. At first, two of the three running for Town Council would like to have had us believe they were all like three amigos who are against growth and those who aren't.
But there is so much more to being a council member than just stopping an annexation or two.
And they didn't reckon on Dave Blais being his own man. So now they have switched gears and are using behind-the-scenes, spin-machine tactics to go negative toward Blais because he does not act like one of them.
Let's look at this like a game of rock, paper, scissors (with Blais playing the rock).
Paper is good, but scissors can cut it up and it blows away. Scissors are a great tool, but they can be smashed by a rock. And in this metaphor, Blais is a boulder.
Contrary to what others would have you believe, he is not against growth. He just wants smart growth for Mount Airy.
He also recognizes that with growth would come added and much needed dollars to add to the tax base that could only benefit town taxpayers now and perhaps lower their rates in the future, whether those taxes come from private or commercial development.
Blais has an intuitive pulse on what Mount Airy needs or doesn't, having grown up here himself. But to hear his opponents tell it, he is not a real Mount Airy native.
I have known Dave since he was 10 years old, when he played Little League baseball and Bulldog football on teams with both of my sons, Eddie and Shane. His parents used to picnic along with the rest of us parents in the bleachers at the ball field while rooting for our sons' team.
When he graduated, he joined the Air Force and served his tours of duty with honor, at posts all over the world, all the while citing Mount Airy as his hometown. And when he retired after 24 years of service, he brought his family back here to Mount Airy, his hometown, so that he and his wife Kris could raise their children in the community so dear to his heart.
Dave Blais has a vested interest in all of Mount Airy, Not just a neighborhood on a ridge. And as a Town Council member, he will have an ear and an open door for all of us.
I know this man, I watched him grow up with the same cherished values that makes so many want to come to Mount Airy to settle and raise their families, which brings us to the final point. Were it not for those who served on past councils and commissions, who were for smart growth back then, there would not be the annexation in Mount Airy that the very men who are opposed to growth, are now living in. Sort of ironic, wouldn't you say?
Vote Dave Blais for Town Council on May 3.
Tina Grogg, Mount Airy