To the editor:
What a great loss!
As a former Abbott employee I cannot help from looking at my former place of work when I drive by. It now looks worse then ever. Concrete blocks are laying in large piles on a parking lot covered with weeds. The grass is no longer cut, making this once prospering plant a sign of local despair. We had an opportunity to maintain this facility with jobs and tax revenue when the Gryphon Group showed great interest in the facility, but local anti-military squabbling and incompetent leadership killed an opportunity of bringing desperately needed jobs to our community. I cannot understand why people in a decision-making capacity could not recognize the benefits. They rather had two birds in the bush as one in the hand. All we have to show for now is an abandoned, dismal-looking plant with little hope for its future. This leads to one obvious question; do we have leaders with a vision to create a positive future for our city and county?
In closing I have to bring up one example of the type people the Gryphon Group represents. A friend of mine purchased a large amount of construction material at a local chain retailer. None of the employees helped to load his truck. As he was struggling with the material two Gryphon employees came over and helped him. This is just a small example of the kind of people we rejected from bringing jobs to Laurinburg and Scotland County.