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Principles to Live By

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This column was written in response to Planning Commission Member Larry Hubbard's comments in the article, 'Emotions should be removed from decision-making,' which ran in The Wilson Post on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.

I resigned from the Lebanon Planning Commission due to my principles, not emotions, as Mr. Hubbard said. I have always tried to live by the rules.

When Mayor Don Fox asked me to serve on the Planning Commission, after I moved here from California, I accepted. Mayor Philip Craighead asked me to continue serving.

We are given a thick manual on the Planning and Zoning Regulations and asked to study and follow the rules set by the City of Lebanon on all issues - based on it alone. I have followed this manual since serving.

When the My Place Hotel came to us at the pre-planning meeting, it was discussed and was then determined it did not meet the requirements. During the regular meeting the project failed. A special meeting was called and at that meeting the requirements had still not been met. I voted "no" for this reason only, due to not meeting our stated requirements. It had nothing to do with emotions as stated by Hubbard.

While working for Northrop Grummum in California I was the only woman on the Management Team with 300 men and followed all the rules while working with them in unity. After I retired, I have been president of several organizations and have served on many boards.

I have always followed the rules for each organization. I believe rules are made to be kept, not broken. I feel our city, our state and our nation is having the problems we are having because so many people, in position, fail to make sure this principle is followed.

So many people in offices are too willing to break the rules. We need to stand up and be counted in today's world to do what is right.

I will always stand up and do what is right, even if it means resigning from a position I enjoyed. I am sure our upcoming builders would appreciate doing business in a city with rules that are made for everyone - not just a few.

Again, let me state, emotions had no part in my vote I made at the meeting or resignation, as Mr. Hubbard stated. Principles did.

Beulah Garrett


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