Holly Koerber: Speakers at gov’t meetings should be direct, honest

By Holly Koerber

The Daily Advance

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In response to the calculated attempt by some members of the Elizabeth City City Council to precipitously fire City Manager Rich Olson, there was a standing-room-only crowd at the recent meeting of our local government. Rising to speak in support of those who initiated the attempted firing were two residents who relayed personal stories about incidents that happened directly to them. They both shared the same conclusion that Rich Olson’s response to their circumstances was callous, indifferent and unprofessional and they supported those who wanted him fired.

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why lie? One author's views.

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.” ― “It is not truth that matters, but victory.” ― “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― “The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.” ―

I too was a great fan of Mr.

I too was a great fan of Mr. Harvey. Thank you Holly Koerber for your interesting and newsworthy columns. I believe you are doing the citizens of this area a valuable service with your keen insight and research for your most welcome columns. Please stay with us!

I Concur Ms. Koerber!

I wholeheartedly agree with your column. Regardless of who one is in Elizabeth City, most of us are horrified at the demeanor and actions that are taking place in our City Council. I think many of us are on the same page with your perspective. How can it be changed?


How about voting for decent councilors?

Decent Candidates

To elect decent City Council members, we must have decent candidates to choose from, don't we?!

You are absolutely right.

We do have to deal with what we have though in some elections. In the recent election Volanda Watts and Lena Hill-Lawrence were clearly better candidates than King and Horton. And, while Rickey King does have some troubles, he is light years better than Michael Brooks. I hope you would agree with that.

Impuning themselves

The fact that the two citizens who were willing to manipulate their stories to cast Mr. Olson in a bad light are supporters of Mr. Brooks is ready evidence against a recall.

Excellent article Ms.

Excellent article Ms. Koerber. Knowing the facts, one can't help but ponder. These two individuals not only had nothing to complain about, they both should have been grateful for the treatment they received from the city. The city, under Rich Olson's management, went above and beyond what was required of it. Yet the thanks the City and Mr. Olson get from these grateful folks are demands that Olson be fired. A lesson for all.


A big "THANK-YOU" to The Daily Advance for bringing on Ms. Holly Koerber as a regular columnist! She has a unique ability to present local, meaningful issues with honesty and intelligence. Above is just another example of her extraordinary work. Would suggest that our very capable Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development teams distribute her columns to potential new employers to offset the damage done by our City Council's televised/streamed meetings! I am also hopeful that her columns enjoy wide readership with all E.C. residents and our elected officials. As someone in Council Chambers is always saying "We can do better". Yes, we can. Ms. Koerber's work is a perfect example! Bill Hiemer

I've always enjoyed Paul Harvey.

How refreshing it is to hear the "rest of the story" of local news from Holly Koerber. Great column.

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