by Ron Gregory
Hopefully, we will be able to bury the issue of how poll workers are selected and what it means to the overall election results in Mingo County now that Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood has appeared before the County Commission to discuss the subject.
Although the revered Mingo Messenger did not publicly ask any of the many questions they editorially said surrounded the selection of poll workers, maybe now even they have take another strong strand on the issues of the day and are satisfied.
Clarification, I suppose, is needed on my position overall regarding Mayor Vivian Livingood. It seems that, although I am repeatedly stated that I call them as I see them and my friends understand we are not required to agree 100 percent of the time, it is obvious some do not agree with that personal quality.
I further realize that, in Mingo County, everything is personal or becomes so as soon as an issue arises. So, for the record: I do not regret nor disavow any of the positive things I have said about Mayor Livingood over the years. As Mayor of Gilbert, she has performed well and saved the town from possible disaster. She is strong and firm; resolute in protecting what she perceives as the integrity of her town and its citizens. That is a noble quality and one many should try to emulate.
If passing judgment on Vivian Livingood as Mayor is required, I continue to believe she does a fabulous job and deserves to remain in office as long as she wishes. Nothing I have written has ever indicated otherwise. I am not leading an “impeach Livingood” movement; I would totally oppose it if there was such a thing.
I do not, either, question the heart and compassion of the Mayor. She has a totally different view of religion from me. I may be wrong; she could be right. My denomination sees nothing wrong with using what Livingood feels are “vulgar” words. She has a right to that opinion.
As noted earlier, I hope we are moving past poll worker controversies. It is troubling that an issue that amounted to less than a hill of beans was blown out of proportion. Arguing about the workers should not really have been front page news, folks.
So, if the Mingo Messenger is prepared to bury its “serious questions” about the worker selection process, which is simply outlined in state law (they likely didn’t think of looking THERE), the matter should be closed.
On the other hand, we will continue to monitor developments in the legal affairs of the Williamson Daily News, whose Gilbert representative can only Google my name to find a list of high crimes and misdemeanors. Such alleged crimes, by the way, that I have already printed and re-printed in this publication. Madelin Sammons has been strangely quiet about all of this since her original attack. Perhaps she is working on her candidacy to be a representative to the state Democrat Convention in Charleston. She will surely be selected if the renowned Editor, Kyle Lovern, nominates her.
To summarize: Vivian Livingood is just as good a Mayor as I said she was. The Town of Gilbert is fortunate to have her. I have not “turned on” her or “stabbed her in the back.” I have given my honest opinion on the poll worker controversy and I did it right here, in the open with full view.
My heart (it is alleged I have one) is saddened that the poll worker issue became so personal. But my resolution to ALWAYS say what I believe remains unchanged. Any of you who are silly enough to think prayer might change my outlook, have at it. You will be going through an exercise in futility but since you THINK you have free will, do whatever you like.
Yours for Truth, Justice, Apple Pie and Madelin Sammons to straighten out the Democrat party in Charleston.