An Indian Trail councilman decided to boldly go where no politician has gone before – and tendered his resignation this week in the Klingon language.

Apparently David Waddell no longer wanted to live long and prosper on the board.

In an interview Thursday, Waddell said his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez was written in Klingon, the language of a proud warrior race in the “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, as an inside joke. But in case the mayor wasn’t up to speed with his Klingon, Waddell included a translation using Bing.com.

“Folks don’t know what to think of me half the time,” said Waddell, so “I might as well have one last laugh” on the board.

Alvarez called the letter childish and unprofessional. “It’s an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it’s an embarrassment for North Carolina,” he said.

Waddell said he is resigning as of Jan. 31. He is in his first term on the board, and the four-year seat expires in December 2015. 1

Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.

Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.


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  1. The comments are predictably all over the place. However the fact there are 22 of them, in a small city (35K), makes the response to an average Star item appear even more pathetic than usual.

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