I have a confession to make: I love camels. I truly love camels. It does not matter if it is a dromedary (one-humper) or a Bactrian (two-humper) camel. I think camels are cute and adorable. And I have had the pleasure to ride them in Egypt, Pakistan, China, India, United Arab Emirates and Saudi… read more about The misunderstood lives of camels
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Editor’s note: Kurt Naas delivered these remarks in longer form to the Cornelius Board of Commissioners on Monday, Feb. 21.Editor,I have the misfortune of commuting to downtown via Interstate 77, where sometimes it takes 20 minutes to travel from exit 28 to exit 25. If I do my arithmetic right,… read more about Just widen it already!
Editor, When I think about travel and tourism, I recollect some of the classes I took during my first degree at UNC Greensboro. Government does a great job of monitoring and administering the parks and recreation departments throughout our great country. As for special programs, events, sports… read more about Visit Lake Norman – They are doing a stellar job, why the need for a task force?
After my earlier column about grits, titled “Looking for Breakfast in the South,” which appeared in the Jan. 26 edition of The Herald Weekly, I learned that residents of Huntersville take their grits very seriously! I want to thank everyone who was kind enough to send me e-mails with their… read more about Newcomer tries a Southern breakfast
I was an American diplomat posted to Islamabad, Pakistan. One night I left the embassy quite late as after a conference call with Washington (due to the time difference, Washington was typically just opening up for business as Pakistan was closing down.) As I got in my car and began to drive home,… read more about Love happens when and where you least expect it
In 1997, I signed up for my first AOL account and heard the familiar little jingle, “You’ve got mail!” Now, 14 years and several e-mail accounts later, I receive more e-mail than I care to.Now, The Charlotte Observer would like to add theirs to the list. The newspaper is using the North Carolina… read more about Citizen e-mails should be kept confidential
by Carol FlemingI became a grandmother for the second time two months ago. Being a grandparent is one of the most special titles and honors a parent can have. There is nothing quite like holding and cuddling and loving on your baby’s baby! As I gaze down on my grandsons I remember each and every… read more about Grandma’s many names
Since I became a grandmother again a few weeks ago, I thought this made for an ideal opportunity to discuss how babies are received between both the United States and Saudi Arabia.My husband and I lived in Saudi Arabia for years while he was a diplomat. During that time I learned of the different… read more about For columnist, it’s a boy!
This is the first in a series of columns I will be writing to focus on the issues facing Mecklenburg County residents in 2011. This year, we will be faced with perhaps the most challenging county budget on record, the redrawing of Commission district lines and the revaluation of all property in… read more about Bentley breaks down your tax revaluation
Editor,One way we can significantly improve local transportation safety at almost no cost is to turn on all of the streetlights at interstate exits from dusk to dawn. To use exit 28 at Cornelius as an example, none of the four street lights on each of the four entrances/exits, along with the two… read more about An idea and a concern regarding local transportation issues
Editor, Hey, I’m the owner of the Yellow 2006 Mustang GT in the now famous – or should I say infamous – picture in last week’s Herald Weekly.Not one of my best moments.Because of you, I’m the ridicule and scorn of my neighbors from the Northeast. Being from New York originally, I’m supposed to know… read more about Mustang owner responds to Herald Weekly cover
It’s been a pleasure here to simply sit back and listen to the unique accents that abound in this part of the Lake Norman area. There are easily distinguishable New York accents, and there are also the lilting melodic Southern drawls of local residents.I’ve also heard the occasional British or… read more about ‘How is my expensive diplomat today?’
Editor,I am tired of people leaving leaves on the ground so they blow in my yard when a front comes through. I tolerate the ones being blown off the trees but this other needs to stop. I started cleaning up leaves on Nov. 17. As of Dec. 15 I have now mulched this yard a few times, filled the yard… read more about It’s time to pick up the leaves
Editor,I read the article (Dec. 9, “Aquatic center debate prompts questions of bias”) concerning a $42,900 bonus for Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic center management company and am puzzled as to why, WHY, would the town board even consider giving this bonus when contract stipulations have… read more about No bonuses for HFFA until debt is repaid
Editor,Just wanted to send a note about the article regarding Rhonda Lennon’s first year and send my praises for her surviving it. Honestly, with all the changes, schools opening, the issues that have been going on in the last year, it seems longer than that for me. I’m sure it does for Ms.… read more about Lennon does what is best for all
Editor:District 1 School Board Member Rhonda Lennon has received a good deal of flack lately from a few disgruntled parents about her vote in support of relocating the Davidson International Baccalaureate program. I think it’s time for her critics to pipe down and back off.I’m not going to rehash… read more about Lennon’s critics should ‘pipe down, back off’
Editor,Thank you for the idea and more importantly for following through and bringing us the stories of local heroes who served in our armed forces.You are so correct that it is important to preserve and share the stories of those who have sacrificed so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have. One… read more about Reader never tires of reading veterans’ stories
Editor,I have enjoyed the stories you have provided about WWII veterans. My grandfather, Joseph A. Cannon, just died in October at the age of 87. He was a WWII naval aviator.Fourteen years ago, as a college nursing student, I was instructed to interview an older person for a gerontology project. My… read more about She ‘loves hearing the voices of veterans’
Editor, It’s unfortunate that as parents, some of us have chosen to lump all of the teacher departures together and question whether the principal is responsible for all of the departures.While I can’t say for sure what role our principal had in any of the departures, I am confident there were… read more about Barnette parents should let principal do her job
Editor,Thank you to Frank DeLoache for his article on the many creek restoration projects in our area. I would like to respond to some of the Cedarfield residents who voiced concerns, as well as praise all involved in the project and the end results.I, too, was concerned this summer with the… read more about Thanks for work to restore creek systems
Editor,Some people have criticized Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle for calling town employee pay levels “ridiculous,” describing his comments as insensitive to taxpayers who have lost jobs and face declining family incomes and risk of losing homes in the great recession. Others, including some… read more about Gilroy calls for balance, caution on employee raises