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By Rick Short Guest editorial With the WidenI77.org lawsuit announced days ago, it's worth taking a few minutes to look back and think about that proverbial question – “How did we get here?” The various issues the lawsuit seeks to address can be grouped into two main categories:… read more about H267: Opportunity lost on toll road accountability
By Larry E. Boppe Special to The Herald Weekly After reading last week’s article, “I-77 toll lanes could wind up in court,” Cornelius resident Larry E. Boppe sent the following response to The Herald Weekly, questioning Widen I-77’s plans if the injunction works to stop the planned toll… read more about Stopping toll roads won't solve problem
By Capt. Craig Price Fish on! After a series of summertime striped bass kills starting about 10 years ago, most local fishermen gave up on Lake Norman striper fishing, including area guides. We all had to accept that it was really hard to catch fish that weren’t here anymore. Spotted… read more about Striped bass experiencing lake revival
Tired of high-priced cable packages that force you to buy channels you don’t want? Do you keep your cable solely for ESPN? Have you already subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu Plus and realized streaming totally changes how you watch TV? Maybe you’ve thought about joining the small but… read more about Cord cutting, Sling TV and MI-Connection
The North Mecklenburg Republican Women hosted a private reception Jan. 9 for the newly installed junior U.S. senator from North Carolina, North Meckenburg’s very own Thom Tillis. Less of a hardcore political event than an opportunity for the senator and his wife, Susan, to thank supporters for… read more about Tillis thanks supporters at Republican women meeting
In Corporate America, during annual reviews people are often rated on their “accomplishments” as well as their “behaviors.” Said another way, employees are rated on the “what they did” as well as the “how they did it.” Often times, there is a perception that the “what” side of the equation is… read more about Local government should be transparent
Back in February, there was an unexpected controversy around the installation of a sculpture called “Homeless Jesus” by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz in front of St Albans Episcopal Church. It made international news with the unfortunate tag line of “somebody called the cops on Jesus” when… read more about Finding a Room in the Inn
DAVIDSON – Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. When you write a column like this one that regularly pokes and prods local government to do the right thing, eventually they poke back. That finally happened on the recent column regarding the Town of Davidson’s proposed planning ordinance… read more about Poking the bear aka asking questions
North Carolina has seen one of the more dramatic changes of any state as far as the party of our elected officials is concerned. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look at how we got here. Most people who follow politics are now familiar with the political map being shown on any news show… read more about How redistricting has affected North Mecklenburg
by Dr. Donna Warren What does a person do when facing the loss of a treasured four-legged companion to old age or sickness? Many of us lost dogs and cats in our childhood, but the responsibilities of now being “the adult” in these circumstances carry a much greater burden. Veterinary… read more about Losing a pet is never easy
Doctor expresses interest in joining Cornelius board By Dr. Michael F. Miltich Guest editorial My brother had a placard at his business that says: "You cannot sell your mistakes for what they cost you." My saying is that “It is cheaper to learn from the mistakes of… read more about Commissioners shouldn’t delay filling vacancy
Davidson’s November monthly town board meeting saw one of the more spirited public hearings in recent memory. Like a stunned boxer taking a flurry of punches in the opening round, the town board and staff did not respond in real-time to citizen complaints about proposed changes to the town’s… read more about Ordinance changes would have wide-reaching effects
A few weeks ago, we told readers about the effort by the Metropolitan Transit Commission to gain support for its upcoming legislative agenda in Raleigh. That agenda included requests for three items: • Legislative permission to use public-private partnerships (P3s) to finance transit… read more about Playing 3-card monte on public-private partnerships
A few weeks ago, we told readers about the effort by the Metropolitan Transit Commission to gain support for its upcoming legislative agenda in Raleigh. That agenda included requests for three items: • Legislative permission to use public-private partnerships (P3s) to finance transit… read more about Playing three-card monte on public-private partnerships for trains
By Rick Short Guest editorial The affordable housing ordinance in the Town of Davidson has been taking punches from all sides recently. As one of only three mandatory affordable housing ordinances in North Carolina (the others being in Manteo and Chapel Hill), the relatively small… read more about Affordable housing ordinance on the ropes?
By Rick Short Guest editorial The size of the defeat for the “education” sales tax referendum in the Nov. 4 election likely surprised many in Mecklenburg County. Whether you supported or opposed it, it’s doubtful too many thought the margin would be over 20 points. As someone who… read more about Questionable tactics in ‘education’ tax campaign
By Rick Short Guest editorial With Halloween upon us this week, we bring you the latest transportation-spending monster being planned for Mecklenburg County. This one involves new ways to fund a project that just won’t die – the Red Line commuter rail from Charlotte to Mooresville as part of… read more about Leaders try resurrecting money-sucking monster
By Rick Short Guest editorial Well, the honest answer to that question is “probably not,” and in the grand scheme of things, we should all be glad that’s likely not the case. With global crises like Ebola, ISIS, and a potentially sputtering world economy to put things in perspective, it is… read more about Could toll-road protesters decide Senate’s fate?
By Amelia Woodall During the Oct. 18-19 weekend, I was able to be a part of an experience that changed my life and that will change the future of a local foundation’s Teen Council. A Giving Spirit Foundation is a nonprofit that gives money to mothers in the greater Lake Norman area who… read more about Teen rubs elbows with celebrities for cause
Reading Carrie C. Causey’s story about Davidson's Gathering on the Green (see page 17) took me back to the scene of walking into my dad’s home six years ago just moments after he committed suicide. As the ambulance rushed him to the hospital, I had to stay behind and give police a statement.… read more about Herald Weekly salutes those who serve
By Rick Short Guest editorial One would be hard-pressed to find a local issue in recent memory causing more confusion, anxiety and distrust of state and local government than the proposed HOT lanes project for widening Interstate 77. At the root of all that distrust has been the ineffective… read more about Outreach on tolls – Ministry of Truth-style
By Rick Short Guest Editorial If you listen to the pundits and believe the polls, it would be hard to describe the past few weeks as "smooth sailing" for the Thom Tillis campaign trying to capture the North Carolina U.S. Senate seat up for grabs this election cycle. Tillis has been… read more about NMRW provides safe harbor for Thom Tillis
MOORESVILLE – Heavy rains and thunderstorms prompted the United Way’s Mooresville/Lake Norman office to cancel its Day of Caring, but organizers realized an outpouring of support Sept. 13. People called up the office in hopes that the agency could refer them to service projects that could be… read more about United Way engages community in fundraising
By Jeff Reid Guest Editorial I am a firefighter by profession. I work for the City of Charlotte and the Huntersville Fire Department. I am used to rescuing people; not them rescuing me, but that’s exactly what Be The Match did. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia in fall… read more about Transplant saved firefighter's life
Some people describe the United Way of Central Carolinas as an umbrella organization. I view the nonprofit, especially its Mooresville/Lake Norman office, as more of a far-reaching sprinkler system. The nonprofit spreads awareness and donations to agencies that primarily serve people from Exits… read more about United Way prepares for Day of Caring