Rockfish Area Conditional Rezoning Application Revelations: A reason For Unified Government
15 July 2017 Anyone who takes even a cursory, but honest, look at the overall efficiency and effectiveness of Cumberland County government and the municipalities in the County will certainly conclude we must do better. The County Commissioners recently passed a budget that included spending reductions and a sizeable property tax increase to offset a […]
Successfully Controlling The Thoughts and Actions of Black Americans
28 June 2017 For many years, a formula has been very successfully employed for controlling the thoughts and actions of far too many Black Americans. Primarily, the formula focuses on fostering a victim mentality, acting in ways that appear intended to save the victims, creating tension between groups of people, and an all-out attack on […]
The Fire Academy: Another reason for hope
15 June 2017 While doing research for a recent column titled. “Racial diversity in the Fayetteville Fire Department: Rest of the story,” I gained a far more detailed understanding of the Cumberland County Schools Fire Academy. What follows is some of that detailed understanding, coupled with my profound respect and appreciation for this effort. The […]
Racial diversity in the Fayetteville Fire Department: Rest of the story
31 May 2017 A growing outcry contends that there are far too few black firefighters in the Fayetteville Fire Department. The argument is that when the Fayetteville population is 41 percent black and 45 percent white, it is unacceptable that only 2.7 percent of the department’s employees are black. I agree with those who say […]
Sales Tax Distribution: Fayetteville citizens should watch closely
18 May 2017 As a citizen of Fayetteville, it is a frustrating and disappointing experience watching the negotiation process that intends to determine how future sales tax receipts will be divided among Cumberland County, Fayetteville, and other municipalities in the county. I suggest residents of Fayetteville get informed and thoughtfully watch this process. Closely investigating […]
How did we get here?
4 May 2017 Jeff “Goldy” Goldberg hosts Good Morning Fayetteville on WFNC 640 AM. On a recent show, he was interviewing a police officer who works with the Crime Stoppers program in our area. They started the conversation by discussing a shooting at Lake Rim. Reportedly, two groups were arguing, guns were produced, and a […]
Members of Congress, Do you love us?
19 April 2017 Many years ago, I asked my father what he viewed as the best form of government. His response was “a benevolent dictatorship.” I understood he was saying citizens would be best served by a dictator who had absolute authority, but loved the people he or she governed. My thinking was that the […]
Creating and Normalizing Dependency
6 April 2017 There are various conditions in America that hinder many citizens from achieving all the good that might otherwise be possible in their living. Among the most destructive of these is that our nation has sadly become amazingly proficient in creating and normalizing dependency. That is, making people not only physically dependent on […]
Overcoming the Temptation to Quit
10 March 2017 I confess to experiencing periods when I have to work at overcoming the temptation to quit. That is, just take life easy and invest no time or effort in trying to help make our nation a better place for others. In this state, life would simply consist of enjoying my wife and […]
Is This Really Compassion?
23 February 2017 Whether it is determining how America should address illegal immigration, the possibility of terrorists entering the country through legal means, suspected voter fraud, the plague of poverty, or a multitude of other challenges, there seems to be a recurring call for compassion. This emphasis on “compassion” is contributing to a dangerous divide […]