Voter warns opportunists to beware

Posted 7/6/17

To The Editor:

Bradley County is where I choose to live for many reasons. More specifically, Cleveland.

The economy here is growing, as well as our real estate values, thanks in no small part …

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Voter warns opportunists to beware

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To The Editor:

Bradley County is where I choose to live for many reasons. More specifically, Cleveland.

The economy here is growing, as well as our real estate values, thanks in no small part to our city and county fathers who have shown industry and commerce that we are a great place to conduct business.

Our hard-working citizenry, great school systems, low crime rates, many places of worship, variety of restaurants, Cleveland/Bradley Greenway, block parties, and a host of other indicators show to the world that Cleveland is growing and expanding.

As a real estate appraiser, I have seen the market values of homes continue to rise at a steady pace. People have taken notice of Cleveland and are migrating here for our small-town charm with big-city amenities.

I have watched Lee University expand its borders with such beautifully erected architecture and increased curricula, now offering a wide array of degree opportunities. Each year hundreds of families converge on the city, touring the campus and deciding our community is worthy to be trusted with their most precious of treasures, their children.

We must, as a community, have forward-thinking leaders in place who will develop the infrastructure we need for our economic growth. I have written before of my admiration for state Rep. Kevin Brooks, who is a perfect example of a forward thinker.

I am convinced we are on track to break new growth records, and increase our wages and standard of living, if we don’t fall prey to the fearmongers who constantly complain about our elected officials, and whine about issues that are superficial.

The biblical Proverbs 14:4 tells us that clean stables should not be our goal, but rather tending to the oxen brings the harvest.

We will continue to make mistakes as a community and, from time to time, choose the wrong officials or leaders and suffer the consequences. But, we as a community are resilient and we will correct our errors and right our wrongs.

We are the citizenry and our voice will be heard over the accusations and fear spouting from opportunists who have a stage for now, and our voice will be heard at the voting booth.

— Chuck Martin

Cleveland

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