Letter to the editor: Let facts fall at public hearing

Published 11:40 am Thursday, September 10, 2020

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To the editor:

My wife and I stayed up late last night trying to write this letter, wanting to paint a picture of our life in rural Davie County, explaining why we love it so much and want to protect it. It started to fill up an entire page before we realized we didn’t need to explain anything to people who choose to live here because they already know how wonderful it is.

What we don’t know is what the proposed tactical training center in Sheffield really plans to do to our peaceful community. On one hand, the owner’s proposal and renderings describe a state of the art tactical training facility for military, diplomatic security, and law enforcement. On the other, his supporters say it’s just going to be a local firing range for parents and kids to go shooting. He says he’s for the community and for families, then why has his business Facebook page posted quotes like “If I lived every day like it were my last, the body count would be *expletive* staggering!”?  This doesn’t sound like a rural community-driven and family-oriented business.

Unfortunately, this proposal has already disrupted the quiet life we enjoy. It has driven families and neighbors apart. We look forward to the public hearing at the Brock Auditorium on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. and having all the facts laid out.

Todd and Khristen Mears,     Mocksville