Your April 14 article "Meeker will seek record-tying fifth term" stated three reasons offered by Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker as to why he should retain office.
Let me state six reasons to the contrary:
(1) After four terms, Meeker has failed to protect and secure our current and future water needs.
(2) Crime is up, while police morale is down.
(3) Under Meeker, the City Council has raised property taxes and fees while reducing city services. Spending is out of control!
(4) Meeker has failed to convince members of his own political party in the legislature of the importance of the Dix property as a park.
(5) After four terms, Meeker has failed to position the city for future transportation needs.
(6) Millions of dollars have been spent in downtown Raleigh. It has created a "City within a City" without just distribution of taxpayer dollars. What has Northwest/Northeast Raleigh gained from the dollars spent downtown? What was the last "interlocal dollar" spent in Northwest/Northeast Raleigh -- two of the fastest growing areas of our city?
I would assert Meeker's re-election campaign shows a complete lack of confidence in his proteges Thomas Crowder and Russ Stephenson. Or is it his lack of trust in the city manager?
The writer is a former member of the City Council.