Letter – Gathering place needed
Published 12:44 pm Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Editor, The Smithfield Times:
What recourse do citizens have when their elected supervisors and county administration ignore them?
Residents in Dendron, led by citizen Thomas Byrd, have repeatedly asked for citizen use of the Dendron Community Center, only to be dismissed. It was a huge success for the several years we were allowed to use it. It feels like the county deliberately suppressed citizens from gathering, whether it was intentional or not.
Each of our county districts needs a citizen gathering place for good government. Hard conversations are needed to bring our community together, to help it grow and thrive. We need a place to gather!