The Editors of the Martinsville Bulletin blasted local officials for moving forward on a memorandum of understanding on the key points the county is surrendering to city demands on reversion. “This is a bad thing, and it should not be happening. And we wonder who is driving this de-centrifugal force. Why would a city of rich heritage give up its charter rather than sit down and address some opportunities,” the editorial said.
The full page column also said, “We citizens are left to swallow an arbitrary understanding and we weren’t even invited to the table. The question: Who is forcing this feeding and why? Please, whoever you are, stand up. At least someone is asking what you have to say.