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Swain has the qualities needed in a mayorEditor,I have served as fellow mayor with Mayor Jill Swain for the past three terms. During that time I have found Mayor Swain to bring a positive and problem-solving mind set to each situation.Mayor Swain works hard on issues involving her constituency,… read more about Letters to the Editor for October 28
Editor,Working with Commissioner Danae Caulfield since May 2010 concerning the expansion of the sidewalk on Stumptown Road has truly been a blessing. We started the campaign for the sidewalk expansion in fall 2009. The day that Danae got involved with this project was a key turning point not only… read more about Caufield was big help in getting things done
Editor,In these times of political disillusionment and uncertainty on the national level, we are fortunate to have a handful of candidates running for Huntersville town board who have proven records of integrity. Having been involved in a citizen group trying to get its voice heard by the… read more about The best candidates for Huntersville are …
Editor,I am a parent of a fifth-grader at Torrence Creek Elementary School. The Torrence Creek Parent-Teacher Association is in the midst of a fundraising effort.The Parent-Teacher Association is attempting to raise money to replace one of the two computer labs that was taken away by… read more about Why I gave to school fundraiser
As a Cornelius commissioner, I have worked with Danae for the last two years in her capacity as a Huntersville commissioner. I have experienced her passion for representing the citizens of Huntersville and the residents of the Lake Norman region. It is rare to find an elected official who is so… read more about Caulfield gets my letter of recommendation
Due to necessary editorial length restrictions in this election season, I excised some positive introductory comments about former Davidson Mayor Randall Kincaid from my Oct.14 letter in the Herald Weekly (“Government in Davidson: The reality.”)Kincaid, a longtime friend and former colleague, was… read more about Former Mayor Kincaid fostered Davidson’s healthy government
Fishing with GusThere was a time when the only worms used to catch bass were dug from the ground.Earthworms caught a lot of fish and still do. As time passed, live worms were raised commercially, packaged and sold in bait shops and convenience stores, and people stopped digging for them.When… read more about Digging, hooking worms evolved to plastic
by Frank DeLoacheHUNTERSVILLE – My wife gave me a hawk for my birthday. No, not with the savings from switching car insurance companies that many of you have seen on a TV commercial.I never got to hold the hawk either, but my wife, Kathy; my daughter, Alyssa; our granddaughter, Riley; and I got to… read more about I watched a hawk fly free for my birthday
N.C. 73 realignment good for some, very bad for othersThis letter is in response to one published in the Sept. 30 edition of the Herald Weekly regarding the recent vote to realign N.C. 73.Editor,In his letter about the N.C. 73 realignment, Dr. Ken Hotje went on at great length telling us that… read more about Letters to the Editor for October 14
Chamber ‘shadow government’ should ceaseEditor,Given the controversial role of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce president, Bill Russell, in matters pertaining to local government, I suggest that the Chamber should be dropped as a co-sponsor of the scheduled Oct. 18 forum featuring candidates for… read more about Letters to the Editor for October 7
Everyone agreed: Option 3 was best decisionEditor,Finally, after more than 3 1/2 years, the stigma of a four to six lane limited access, divided highway on top of extending N.C. 73 between Beatties Ford Road and the McGuire Nuclear Plant is gone. Also gone is the estimated $12 million loss in… read more about Letter to the Editor for September 30
Fishing with GusFishermen who regularly ply Lake Norman know water levels have been considerably lower than normal this summer.In fact, the current lake level is at 755 feet above mean sea level or five feet below full pond.Low water levels bring an increased risk of boat groundings and a higher… read more about Use caution when water levels are low
‘Another Davidson scam’Editor,I was amazed to read the article regarding Davidson receiving a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study “healthy community initiatives.” Apparently, the town isn’t satisfied with wasting local tax dollars on useless projects.… read more about Letter to the Editor for September 23
Editor,First off, I would like to say thank you to the elected officials for voting and not abstaining. Though, I believe that this should have been put off because there are so many questions unanswered, and I believe that Option 3 was prematurely passed when many concerns still need to be… read more about Town must answer questions before approving any options
Editor’s note: This writer sent this email to Huntersville town board members and copied the Herald Weekly.Re: Option 3 for N.C. 73First, let me say thank you to Commissioners Charles Jeter and Danae Caulfield on your positions and comments Tuesday night, Sept. 6, in regard to the long-term plan… read more about Huntersville vote will harm longtime residents
Editor,As you know, the Huntersville town board voted for Option 3 for the northwest transportation study. I am a resident of Hubbard road. I bought this land on a dead-end, quiet street. We found out about the road even being considered going down Hubbard road by accident last year. We were made… read more about Town makes her ‘prisoner on my own land’
Editor,While President Barack Obama is focused on creating jobs and Gov. Bev Perdue is focused on helping the state recover from Hurricane Irene, the Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly are focused on how private individuals express love. The bait-and-switch tactics used by the Republicans to… read more about Don’t write hate into N.C. Constitution
It has been written that men would rather fish than work, as evidenced by a popular bumper sticker that reads, “Born to fish, forced to work.”A quote on a plaque in a local restaurant says, “Work is for people who don’t know how to fish.”“Old fishermen never die, they just smell that way” is a… read more about Fishing with Gus: Fishing’s quirks make for funny one-liners
by Will BryantHUNTERSVILLE – It was two days after I paid the $50 fee for the Warrior Dash in Huntersville that I learned of its lethal and tragic history.The Warrior Dash, a 5k race that is advertised as a “mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme run from hell,” saw two of its participants die and 57… read more about I (barely) survived the Carolinas Warrior Dash
Editor,The Davidson Coalition for Fiscal Responsibility is a group of concerned citizens from all walks of life—from liberal to conservative politics and all income levels. Mr. Russum’s letter to the editor on Aug. 18 completely mischaracterizes the coalition’s mission and views.The coalition,… read more about Letter writer wrong about new Davidson coalition
If you haven’t experienced the fun of catching multiple white perch on the same rod at the same time, try fishing with a Sabiki rig.This lure combination consists of two to six brightly colored feathered flies connected by a length of leader to a jigging spoon. The tiny Sabiki jigs are made of… read more about Fishing with Gus: Perch considered Lake Norman’s summer fish
Water tubing has become a very popular family water sport.The equipment needed is relatively inexpensive and available at discount and sporting goods stores, as well as most marine dealers. All one needs to get started is a tube, towrope, inflation device for the tube, personal flotation device and… read more about Fishing with Gus: Water tubing can be a fun hobby to jump into
Editor,Each day my wife and I are noticing more and more citizens riding motor scooters and using their cell phones while driving. We were appalled, upon asking an individual what was required to operate a motor scooter in North Carolina to learn that you only have be 16 years old and wear a… read more about More regulation of motor scooters, cell phones while driving
Editor,Your recent stories on homeowners associations (Aug. 5 Herald Weekly) seemed one sided. People who buy houses in nice developments with covenants and homeowners associations (HOAs) are aware of the guidelines and “rules,” but many people choose to ignore them. None of us really wants to be… read more about Your coverage of homeowners association dispute was biased
Editor,As a lifetime resident, I have always been proud to say I am from the Town of Huntersville. I do not live in Charlotte and do not appreciate Toyota of North Charlotte referring to just that. They are not in North Charlotte but within the town limits of Huntersville, off I-77 exit 23, which… read more about Inaccurate name: Huntersville is not north Charlotte