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Reader’s Forum — 7/14/14

The Hovis legacy
Recently, I read of the 20 years public service Larry Mac Hovis has given to the City of Lincolnton and its citizens.
This is in addition to the 20 years of service as a volunteer fireman. My words cannot express the commitment given by Mr. Hovis. He has been an ardent supporter of the city along with being dedicated to the citizens and protector of the city’s assets. I have tremendous respect for any individual who pays the price of serving in this position.
Regardless of how an official votes, someone will not like the decision. It is very easy to sit in the bleachers and complain, but being on the field as a player is a different story; the spotlight is on you. It is very difficult to be on the playing field and in the spotlight while determining the best for the city as a whole, always keeping the big picture in mind. Most individuals will like or dislike a decision and the decision maker based on how it affects them.
I have always felt that locally elected officials are under more pressure to govern than state or federal officials as they meet and socialize with the citizens on a daily bases. The state and federal officials can easily hide from a tough vote, but the local official must face the citizens daily.
Larry Mac Hovis, my hat is off to you. Thank you for all the years of service you have given the city of Lincolnton and its citizens. There is much pain, sleepless nights and hurt that accompanies your position that only the family or another former elected official can recognize.
Larry Mac, thank you, thank you, thank you for this steadfast and long-term commitment to the city of Lincolnton.
Don Ballard

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