March 10, 2010 10:57:00 AM
That was quick.
What appeared to be a political shakeup in the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors ended practically before it started.
District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders, claiming he had lost support of a majority of board members, resigned the presidency of the board on March 1, after he fell on the losing side of a squabble over emergency repairs to county roads. (Sanders says more played into his decision to resign than the road vote.)
A little over a week later, he was re-elected president on a 3-2 vote, nominated for the position by District 2 Supervisor Frank Ferguson -- the very supervisor who challenged Sanders'' leadership and sided against him on the road plan.
It seems Ferguson, the board vice president, couldn''t wait to patch up his differences with Sanders and hand the gavel back to him.
That 3-2 vote -- Sanders (voting for himself), Ferguson and District 3 Supervisor John Holliman on one side, District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith and District 5''s Leroy Brooks on the other -- is one we''ve come to expect from this board. Some supervisors complain when we point out that it falls along racial lines. It does. They also complain when we say they often vote in this political bloc. They do.
The road work vote was rare, in that it was an important vote that didn''t fall along racial lines (3-2 with Ferguson, Smith and Brooks in favor). Sanders sitting on the losing side made it even more so.
Our readers have been having a field day with this episode. "We will never be a progressive region of the state as long as our so-called leaders act like children fighting among themselves," one person commented online.
"Sounds just like a bunch of Little Boys playing ball in the yard ... If you won''t play by my rules, then I''ll take my ball, quit, and go home ... OK, now that you agree to play by my rules, I''ll bring my ball back and we can play some more," another person said.
Our supervisors need to realize that this is how the public sees them.
That said, Sanders has been effective, in the areas of industrial development and keeping a viselike grip on the county checkbook. Despite the personal dynamics of the board, we believe they made the right decision by reappointing Sanders. While stubborn and acerbic to a fault, he is the supervisor most capable of leading the board at this time.
The supervisors proved this -- and validated Sanders'' my-way-or-the-highway style -- by reappointing him. They also validated their own inability, or unwillingness, to lead.
While we''ve pleaded for the board to exercise civility in the past with little effect, we make the plea again. We also urge them to work together, and not at cross purposes -- Sanders and District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, in particular. If we''re going to be treated to more of the Harry Sanders Show for the near future, these traditional foils need to find common ground. And, we hope each side of that 3-2 split can reach across to the other, and work for what''s best for the county.
And, we''d like to remind Sanders that it''s OK to be on the losing side every now and again. "It seems that if everything doesn''t go his way he wants to run and pout," one reader said.
Harry, prove them wrong.
Thom Geiger commented at 3/10/2010 12:56:00 PM:
The on-again, off-again thing was immature and totally unprofessional, made for TV drama queen theatrics, but realists know the Dispatch has, for years, ignored Mr. Brooks' tirades, incidents where he has threatened to hit people, in the courthouse, with pieces of furniture, threatened to slap people in public meetings and has assaulted and manhandled at least one member of the local media (hmm, who happens to be a competitor of the Commercial Dispatch).
When or if Harry Sanders, Frank Ferguson, Jeff Smith or John Holliman get to that point, I'd expect something akin to outrage or common sense criticism from the Dispatch, but given the paper's history with Mr. Brooks' behavior, I won't hold my breath waiting for it.
gogetum commented at 3/10/2010 1:06:00 PM:
Did you say "work for what's best for the county?" Who ever you are , you're not very up to speed on Leroy. He has been a trouble maker for over 25 years "working" for what's best for old Leroy. Wonder if the "crackers" will reelect him after this, he wasn't even nominated for president after Harry resigned as president. He didn't resign from the board so how can you say "he's back"? He never left.
Michael commented at 3/10/2010 2:20:00 PM:
I'm not a big fan of Harry Sanders BUT he has kept Leroy Brooks from spending what little money the county got when they gave the Hospital to Baptist.
The Truth commented at 3/10/2010 9:51:00 PM:
gogetum why not just say it, If the "crackers" mainly Sam Pilkington who thinks the sun rises and sits in Leroy's backside quit electing him,, wonder how many personal projects Leroy has helped Pilkington Farms out with down there anyway??????
sickofthewhining commented at 3/10/2010 10:23:00 PM:
You are such a sore loser. You only make yourself look more stupid every time you post on here. I guess working for the government makes you an expert on everything. How many times have you run for office and LOST big time? I don't have enough fingers and toes to come up with that number.
gogetum commented at 3/11/2010 12:06:00 AM:
sickofthewhining: How many times have you cared enough try running for public office? Probably none. Do you have enough guts to even think about trying? As for your fingers and toes- you must be missing several cause Mr. Geiger has run only two times that I know of, so get real dude.
Mr. Geiger is brave enough to use his real name for his post, how about you?
Evidently You sure have learned a lot in supporting Leroy , cause judging from your rude remarks you have become a trouble maker too, huh?
Why not introduce yourself to Mr. Geiger and talk things over , I think you would actually like him. I happen to agree with his comments on this page.
Now, as for his employment, Mr. Geiger doesn't work for the Government which shows you are speaking without knowing the facts. Be thankful that Mr. Geiger is working and paying taxes. Where do you work or do you?
There's only one man in the Government who thinks he's an expert on everything and that's the Teleprompter-in-Chief or as Alan Keyes would say, Usurper in chief.
TG commented at 3/12/2010 3:27:00 PM:
There must be something in the Columbus water. Harry returned faster than Bret Favre.
melody commented at 3/12/2010 8:58:00 PM:
The interview with Mr. Brooks is very revealing and really sad. Thanks for posting the utube. I'm sure when he hears his own words that he will be able to see the revelation of his racial hang up.
It's not unfair when the majority has spoken and he thinks otherwise. He feels that all black people elected to the board would automatically vote against the white member and visa versa. He has completely lost it according to his final words of the interview. He says there will never be a black man sitting at the head of the table. Does anyone else remember a man named Joe Brooks who was board president not too long ago? I don't remember any white men voting against Joe, do you? Is it courage to do the right thing only if Leroy is the nominee or what? That's the way it sounds to me. Is it possible Leroy was on an extended lunch break(playing golf-you know where)the whole time Joe was president?
gogetum commented at 3/13/2010 9:20:00 AM:
You're right, Melody. Joe is black and Leroy wanted to get rid of him too. A black sitting at the end of the table and Leroy can't remember him? Strange isn't it? Evidently , the people in Joe's district didn't want a black sitting there either because they didn't reelect him. If I remember correctly , Leroy supported his opponent. Now how strange is that? Could it be that Leroy want be a happy camper unless it is he who sits at the end of the table? How could Joe be voted out and Leroy be reelected without even putting out a sign? Obviously, the voters in dist. 5 are blind supporters of Leroy or just don't have much activity going on in the thinking department. It's past time to remove him from the board. I wonder if the voters of district 5 will even view the posted interview. Don't you think the lines need to be redrawn so we can get some more responsible voters in dist 5 who actually have a detectable pulse.
jay commented at 3/13/2010 6:26:00 PM:
Was this youtube made just because Mr. Brooks pitched a fit about Harry getting more press time? I don't see any of the other Supervisors asking for press time. Jeff has gone about his business the same as Frank and John. If the press would stay out of this it would have been over 2 weeks ago. This is "OLD NEWS". We want to read and hear positive things about the City and County. Yes there are a lot of them. But you have to look for them! The Link is working on new projects and ideas everyday. Do you think the "GOOD FAIRY" dropped all the new industries off at the Industrial Park. Be very thankful for the way things have been going. Remember 7 - 8 years ago this county was on a down hill spiral. Thanks to good leadership we are in the top 5 counties in Mississippi. Please people move on !!
observer2 commented at 3/13/2010 8:25:00 PM:
I'm another who is thankful to the press for the utube. Hopefully, after hearing this interview, the people of district 5 can see the real Leroy and vote him out at the next election. All I've heard others say about Leroy is proven true by his own words. I hope the dispatch will keep it posted for another month at least so the whole county can see it. By the way, jay, it might be old news to you but many in the County haven't seen it yet. News is news to those who haven't heard it yet even tho others might have heard it already.
amy commented at 3/13/2010 9:48:00 PM:
Is the PRESS afraid of this "skit-so" OR DO THEY JUST NOT GET IT! Leroy has a track record of this crap. All he has ever done is to hid behind his office and blaming the white man for all his problems. Has he looked at his life, family life anybody that has gotten in his way. It's YOU LEROY AND NO ONE ELSE. oH! you do have big "K" to help out on the sorry a-- radio show. Tell them about FREEDON FRIDAY and not to buy from the white man. EVERYBODY SHOULD HEAR THEM on 1050 AM at 12:00. For sure on FRIDAY. IT WIL TURN YOUR STOMACH. You will see who the real HATERS are.
melody commented at 3/15/2010 10:34:00 AM:
Amen to that, Amy. People should be aware of what goes down at that station. Maybe even boycott the sponsors. Won't be supporting "K" anymore, especially for Mayor next time. That's what he is shooting for. Ever wonder why Leror hasn't tried to be Mayor? Can you spell, "he wouldn't have a chance against Smith". Nor will K.
mary k commented at 3/15/2010 6:49:00 PM:
Thanks Amy and Melody. Does Mr. "K" have a brother? Everybody can see their true color even on the Radio. This station should be banded. It hurts Columbus - black and white. So sad !
nervous? commented at 3/15/2010 9:41:00 PM:
sounds to me like theres some scared people in town, scared the black people will start taking their money elsewhere and supporting each others businesses in the same way that every other race does. Maybe African Americans are tired of giving their money to people that dont appreciate their business and continue to look down on them as if theyre inferior just because of who they are. The black people will patronize your businesses, but get very little support from other races when it comes to supporting their business. Yes, black people take your money and spend it in your neighborhoods with your own businesses, and when the others see fit to start supporting black owned businesses, then the reciprocal can occur.
come again commented at 3/15/2010 10:13:00 PM:
confewed commented at 3/19/2010 2:52:00 PM:
nervous? What is that all about? Strange.
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