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One election over, another ahead

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

With mid-terms behind us, the next Greenville election is for 2019 mayor and City Council. For six months following the 2017 election, I made no public statements and granted no interviews, preferring instead to observe actions of the new mayor and council.

Folk ask if I’ll run and perhaps expecting I will, given my recent push for strong measures to address flooding/stormwater. Nothing has changed — it’s highly unlikely I’ll run. I’m deeply engaged at national and international levels working to address a huge challenge soon confronting humanity — the use of robotics, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, e.g., to radically impact our longevity, cognition and mood. I will take the necessary actions to run but prefer clearing the way for other candidates to file.

I repeat the May 13 statement I made in this paper: “I’ve made no public statements about policy or the new City Council since November. Looking ahead, it's highly unlikely I’ll run again — I’m finding new avenues for community service. If I speak out, it’ll be as private citizen, informed by a decade of council service that gave inside looks at how political and legislative processes work in our city. Here’s hoping future candidates win or lose on voting record, vision, and integrity, fairly communicated to discerning voters in open, healthy, honest debate.”

I’ve lived or worked here for three decades; I plan to retire here. I want a vibrant community and one addressing flooding. I want city leaders acting independently and for the common good, not out of narrow vested interests. I’m prepared to support such candidates and continue pushing for transparency and sound policy. I’ll continue providing occasional reflections on local issues, such as flooding — let me know (mercerc99@yahoo.com) if you want to join the other six thousand plus citizens who get the newsletter.

Calvin Mercer

Greenville

The writer is the former at-large representative on the Greenville City Council.

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December 14, 2018 - 10 minutes ago

Awash in virtual ink and bitterly clinging to resentment from last autumn, Calvin Mercer continues to publish passive-aggressive missives railing against Greenville’s elected leadership. Appended to his most recent correspondence, a rehashed Daily Reflector letter addressing the “highly…

December 13, 2018

The Orange County Register got it right, and thank you Daily Reflector for including it in your Other Voices column.

“For too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional obligations with respect to war powers.” Did you know the U.S. military is currently deployed and combat ready in…

December 13, 2018

My sincere thanks to the George H.W. Bush family for giving us all a chance to remember what America is all about. 

The patriatism, the integrity and the honesty was a refreshing reminder of what I value in my country. The kind, respectful and humorous words were a pleasure to hear.  

I…

December 12, 2018

Maybe I or the Reflector got this wrong: $20 million assigned for athletic deficit and facilities; $10 million of that from a $95 million ECU Physicians accrued fund balance. It is to be spent because attendance is down at athletic events and the athletes need a special place to eat. I hope I or…

December 08, 2018

Donald Bryson, Civitas Institute president, has it all wrong in his “Stop the government takeover of health care,” piece in The Daily Reflector on Nov. 29. Most of the world’s industrial countries whose health care systems are government run have healthier populations than the U.S.…

December 07, 2018

In this season of hope, love and renewal, someone representing us, America The Beautiful, tear-gassed a pregnant woman and her children at our border. Others were gassed too.

From the perspective of the agent, there might have been a provocation for the gassing. Perhaps he perceived a threat,…

December 06, 2018

Pipelines are far and away the safest way to move energy, far safer than alternative means. And the state could receive more than $2.5 billion in tax revenues from offshore leasing, per a recent analysis, in turn helping families.

Yet those who decry energy or cheer when a pipeline permit is…

December 05, 2018

Reasonable people differ. I learned the truth of this back in the day when I was a student at the finest law school in all of Washtenaw County. The late renowned Whitmore Gray taught it to us in our Contracts course. He also taught us to never indulge in ad hominem commentary pertaining to folks…

December 04, 2018

America has 23,648 military personnel in the proximity of the demilitarized zone in Korea. Why?

North Korea has not crashed our southern border. North Koreans are not throwing rocks and bottles at our border agents, many who are hispanic. They are not overwhelming our schools, hospitals and social…

December 03, 2018

I have been wanting to write this letter for some time. Just about every doctor in rural America that I have known practices psychiatry to some extent with their patients every day.

Unfortunately the only way to determine with any certainty that a patient is truly psychotic and therefore a danger…

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