New policy could affect council votes – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Wow! I was wondering who had put Lindell on this and then the 1st comment was Elijah Daughtridge. One thing I can say The Community Council and Lige are persistent and consistent with their passion to go after the Rocky Mount City Council. What tickles the hell out of me is that I have been actively engaged in activism since the late 80’s and I used to say to black officials what are you doing to promote jobs and other that benefit black folk and other folk like the white officials were doing. The white officials were on the boards and commissions and obtaining land and creating jobs. Well it appears that when white white businessmen and other were doing things it was ok. It appears that any time the  black man begin to rise up, there is a movement to make it appear he is doing something that is not right.

A new conflict of interest policy under consideration by the Rocky Mount City Council may affect whether some council members will have a vote on certain matters — possibly including the Rocky Mount Event Center.

The proposed policy presented to the council during last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting adds federal guidelines to existing local and state rules. The guidelines apply to sub-recipients and includes apparent conflicts as well as actual conflicts.

Councilman Reuben Blackwell asked city staff about making sure the council signs all the required documents. He said he wants to make sure the council understood the policy and all it entails.

Blackwell is the president and chief executive officer of the Opportunities Industrialization Center, a nonprofit organization that helps residents with health care, job training and other programs. He earned a $141,114 salary from OIC in 2015, according to the most recent IRS tax forms made available by GuideStar, a watchdog organization that provides information on nonprofit groups. (Read more)

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Letter to the Editor: Racism flourishes unabated – Rocky Mount Telegram

Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his predecessors.

He disdains the rule of law and tramples norms of presidential behavior. He is ill-informed, self-destructive and brazen in his abusive attacks on the justice system and the press. Indeed, Donald Trump is chewing this country up and spitting it out in little pieces. The fear of not being re-elected has caused congressional Republicans to stand idly by while Trump tells lie after lie, alienates allies and enables racism to flourish unabated.

Donald Trump is a Bernard Manoff and Theodore Bilbo rolled into one. A con artist and a racist. He continues to successfully con his supports, many of whom are low information voters, into believing him in an unconditional and cultish manner. Many of Trump’s tweets and comments shine a spotlight on his racism and his appointment of people like Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, John Kelly and Steven Miller further substantiate it. (Read more)