Sunday, March 29, 2009 —
Many of us who have resided in Stanly County for over half a century would like to seriously ask our so-called county leaders if they are concerned with the depressed condition of the overall business climate around Albemarle including all of the industries that have closed down and left besides ALCOA? How much tax money are these long gone companies paying Stanly County as compared to ALCOA?
The current national economic crises is not the reason for the local industrial loss. It happened even in the best of economic times. Now, the climate is even more hostile and unappealing to any viable industry who would have pay scales in excess of twenty dollars an hour.
In my work as an industrial safety consultant I get to travel to other states. Some travel involves driving cross country by small towns with mid-sized industries. I have noticed these plants and mills have parking lots nearly full of employees’ cars.
During these same times, I have taken note that around Albemarle the only parking lots that are filled to near capacity are the hospital, Wal-Mart and the county offices. There may be a strong message in this observation.
One would hope that the commissioners and their booster club members might get this message if we read it to them very slowly.