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Letter: Mr. Mayor, what old ways?

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When Mayor Thomas says repeatedly we don’t want to go back to the old ways, what old ways is he talking about?

Is he talking about two housing complexes built within two years or so before he was elected — First Street Place (about $15 million) and The Province (about $50 million) — and without tax incentives? Or the 2004 bonds that are building the 10th Street Connector? Or moving the railroad track so there is MUCH less wait times for trains. Maybe he’s talking about the job-creating Small Business Award Program put in place long before he was elected. Or the first police substation on West Fifth? Or the PAL youth programs in place before he became mayor?

Or the 17 percent drop in 2011 — before he became mayor — of violent crimes — the largest drop in 10 years?

Is he talking about the 2010 FBI Award for our operation that closed four convenience stores, hotbeds of criminal activity? Or the $500,000 grant for the Drew Steele Center? Or the $5.5 million Nathaniel Village, a 42 unit low/moderate income complex that received a first place state award? Or the additions to the Greenville Terrace and Meadowbrook parks? Or the funds donated by FROGGS that built greenway picnic tables and benches? Is he talking about making Five Points more user-friendly for the Umbrella Market, Freeboot Friday and other events? Or ReLeaf that has donated more than $200,000 in trees? All of this happened before he became mayor.

Shall I go on? What a disrespectful slam to hard-working public officials — former mayors Dunn, Parrott, Jenkins and others who just got the work done rather than spending their time jumping in front of TV cameras. The elections are coming. Maybe we can get a leader with more maturity.

LARRY BARBOUR

Greenville

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You Calvin Mercer little groupies like Larry Barbour climb out from under your little rock every 2 years about this time, to spew your childish antics. I guess you guys need to try and throw up some smoke screen to try and distract from Calvin and crew's 12 Fee and Tax Increases you've made the last 18 months on council. Yet - - all your bad Mercer gang of 4 recent decisions, you look around Greenville, downtown and across the city--- the progress under Mayor Thomas is so obvious even Ray Charles can see it. The $150M in new development downtown the past 3 years,,, ask Tom Taft, Holton Wilkerson and Don Edwards about the incredible job Mayor Thomas did personally piecing it together. Ask the state law agencies about Mayor Thomas working relentlessly to eliminate the Phoenix night club and other bad elements to transform downtown. Ask Bianca Shoneman about Mayor Thomas being the first to get ECU and Vidant to help find and hire her and the 1st, to make Uptown LLC a full-time entity. Ask her if Mayorr Thomas formed Greenville's first Office of Economic development and what a huge impact it has had across the city--- so much so Greenville is now in the past 18 months is now nationally ranked by Forbes and other business publications. Ask NCDOT vice-chairman Ferrell Blount about how Mayor Thomas never gave up after the state took the money away and Mayor Thomas was able to get back $258M, the most ever from DOT for Pitt Co , to now build the SWBypass. I could go on and on. . . But like we said, even Ray Charles can see it. :) ,,,,,,,,,,,,, You guys like Larry "little Calvin" Barbour keep spouting your hate rheotoric. Haters will hate. And Mayor Thomas will keep being the great positive person he is :) getting things done across Greenville. There's a reson Larry, your hero Calvin Mercer chickened out and didn't run against him. It's because HE'S DOING A GREAT JOB and the people of Greenville like him. , , , Keep on with your hate :). We look forward to more great work and two more years of great progress with Mayor Thomas.

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