What if we only had one hardware store –Duane Roark @ LCC 2013-06-11

Does the Commission already has reputation problems when it’s being compared unfavorably to Lester Maddox? A citizen canceled a business trip to ask “what if we only had one hardware store” at last night’s Lowndes County Commission Regular Session.

Our prices we pay would be through the roof; we would not have a choice.
And you’re welcome, Duane Roark: it was LAKE who put you on YouTube last month.

He also quoted a headline from the Fayetteville Observer, Operation Tarnished Badge: Years later, tarnish remains.

A corruption investigation that sent the Sheriff and 21 others to prison still casts a shadow over law enforcement in Robeson County.

Duane Roark

If we put Deep South Sanitation out of business, it’s gonna give Lowndes County a black eye. People are to say, “I don’t want to go to Lowndes County and open a small business, because I’m afraid they’re going to tell me I can’t operate any more, and then what am I going to do?”

And some black eyes you can get rid of. Some you can’t.

Then he brought up Lester Goes to Ludowici:
You are in Long County and
Approaching Ludowici, Georgia
Don’t get fleeced in a clip joint. Don’t get caught in a speed trap.
Lester Maddox, Governor

I can just see one day when you come into Lowndes County, and it’s gonna read:
You are in Lowndes County and
approaching Valdosta, Georgia
Don’t get fleeced in a garbage contract. Don’t get caught in a business monopoly.

He went on to explain why Deep South Sanitation’s truck is named Maggie. And he mentioned that Sheriff Chris Prine is a DSS customer. The Chairman cut him off at five minutes, and the crowd applauded Roark.

Here’s the video:

What if we only had one hardware store –Duane Roark
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 11 June 2013.