May 28, 2016

Gardenia Hobbs: HB2 is About Abuse of Power, Deception

The protection of religious liberties has become a tool of convenience that is being used as a smoke screen for the passage of bills that legalize discrimination and exclusion. Religious liberties extend far beyond our ability to worship freely and make moral decisions in our daily life. Religious liberties also encompasses the ability to contribute […]

Justin Williford: Putting the Ass in Asinine—Small Town Sexism

Vance County, North Carolina?—4th in teen pregnancy, 88th in SAT scores, and 1st in blatant sexism. That appears to be the county’s new tagline after the recent five-day suspension of Sandra Wiggins?—a history teacher at Southern Vance High School who has worked with the school district for almost twenty-six years. Sandra Wiggins did the inconceivable—she […]

Rusty McMahon: Domestic Economic Terrorism

For decades, so-called leaders in Vance County have tripped over themselves trying to give away taxpayer money to every con man, huckster, charlatan, or self-professed genius that came along and uttered the words “job creation, sustainable, or green”. They could not wait to waste our money on harebrained schemes. And they’ve wasted millions. Some years […]

Rusty McMahon: Do Taxpayers Matter?

A brief history of citizen input and public hearings… We told County Commissioners that we neither needed nor wanted county zoning. 7000 citizens sent them post cards asking them not to zone the county. They publicly threw the cards in the trash and enacted zoning anyway. We told them that we neither needed nor wanted […]

Rusty McMahon: Less Whining, Better Results

In a February budget meeting, Deputy County Manager Jordan McMillen announced that raising county pay and benefits is a funding priority. According to McMillen, surrounding counties pay more and that’s very troublesome. Newsflash, most of you earn much more than the average citizen that pays your way and your benefits are the envy of all. […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery – Vance County Board of Commissioners

April’s 2016 regular monthly meeting of the Vance County commissioners was a short meeting that accomplished a positive for the community. Public Comments The meetings now open with public comments. This gives the public, you and I, five minutes to tell the commissioners how satisfied we are with the county’s services. Or to share our […]

Richard Brand: Republican Party

From the time that “I like Ike” I have been told that the Republican Party was the party of small government. They wanted less government. They were going to “get the oppressive boot of government regulations off of the neck of small businesses.” They were all for deregulation. Smaller government, less taxes, more local control. […]

Reader submission: Severely sexually abused dog – abuser lives in Henderson unpunished

A dog named Beatrice from Henderson, NC was rescued from a rape situation earlier this week by a NYC based rescue group, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. She died last night.  The police have pulled multiple dogs from this house and yet the person is still allowed to exist.  Please bring this horror to light so […]

Richard Brand: Market Focus

We were outside the racquetball courts and a newly arrived retiree from up north commented to me that Henderson would never advance economically until it fixed its schools. Such a verdict is not new. In fact it is one of the most consistent mantras of our community. Talk to just about any citizen about Henderson […]

Richard Brand: More War on Christmas?

It began early this year. It is still two months before Christmas. We have just finished Halloween and have not even begun to talk about Thanksgiving, and already we have people outraged about what is being called a “war on Christmas.” The latest battle site was Starbuck’s decision to put out simple red cups with […]