Dear Editor,

Integrity is not about putting up nice, progressive buildings, painting beautiful artwork and getting people to “ooh” and “ahh” about the outsides of your buildings and innovative plotting to coerce others.

Integrity is about listening to real, genuine people speak their suggestions and concerns, working together to have a team effort of transparent discussions and doing the right things because it’s the right thing to do to promote fairness, unity and concerted efforts to agree to conclude with the best, most cost-effective plans to benefit all.

You might ask what is this citizen talking about or where is she trying to go with this point. Well, I’m talking about how our elected officials and others in leadership positions are forging ahead with their great, grandeur plans to move buildings to other locations and change downtown areas even though citizens, voters and taxpayers contest the moves and decisions.

Election time is on its way in 2020 and I pray as voters, citizens and taxpayers we will pay attention, stay focused and listen to our officials from now until election time. Observation time is now and we must decide if the people whom we have in political offices are serving us or if they serving themselves and those whom they are aligned with.

As we begin to ready up for the 2020 elections, we must look at the character, integrity and the performance of those who say they are in office as servants (not slaves) of the citizens they represent.

It’s time to take friendship, kinship, past and present employment with bosses, companies and other influences and let them go.

Leaders must be held accountable and not act as puppets to people/businesses who desire them to pull strings and cater to them.

The people voted for officials to represent the city and to use monies wisely and honestly. Also, leaders were chosen to listen to the voices of the citizens, voters and taxpayers without prejudices. Instead, they are moving ahead making deals and deliberately ignoring what citizens say.

In closing, Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus saith the Lord, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches, but let him that glorieth glory in this that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercises loving kindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

Teresa Moten

Alexander City