Gun range opponent thanks supporters, supervisors

Published 10:48 am Saturday, July 30, 2016

To the Editor:

As a resident of the Walters Community I would like to sincerely thank all of my fellow residents for coming together to preserve our quality of life in successfully opposing the public shooting ranges that American K9 Interdiction proposed building in our community.

At some point the [Daily] Press began calling me “The leader of the opposition” to the ranges, when the reality is that I was only a “coordinator” that coordinated the joint efforts of the entire community. Many people put time, effort and money into preserving what we have. I was only one of them.

I also want to thank county residents that do not live in our community that gave of their time and effort to assist us, not because they were affected, but because they thought the right thing to do was help their neighbors in time of trouble. They will never be forgotten by us.

Finally, I would like to thank our Board of Supervisors as a whole for their diligent service in very difficult positions and for making the common sense decision that to sacrifice the quality of life of an entire community for one business was the wrong thing to do. I especially want to commend our Carrsville District Supervisor Rex Alphin for his patience and diligence in a situation that I know was extremely difficult for him.

I feel he handled the entire unpleasant ordeal with a class and professionalism seldom seen in political circles in these times.

Volpe Boykin