July 29, 2014

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (VC BOC July 7th, 2014)

Farmers Market Update Tracy Madigan presented to the Board a status report on Vance County Regional Farmers Market. The status reported covered the first eight days the market has been open. The market is open only two days a week for 11 hours weekly. The status report is skimpy on details and the Farmers Market […]

Richard Brand: The Same Old March

Several years ago Barbara Tuchman, an American Historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote a book about the “march of folly.”  Her idea was that there are many times when people pursue policies and decisions which are against their best interest in the long run.  The times she pointed to were picked because in those moments […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (City Council June 23rd, 2014)

A Special Called Board of County Commissioners meeting and a Henderson City Council Meeting were both scheduled last week on Monday June 23, 2014. One started at 5 pm and the other started at 6 pm. Instead of crafting two separate summaries I thought mixing and matching the two could highlight similarities and dissimilarities of […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes from the Peanut Gallery (Vance County Board of Commissioners June 13th, 2014)

Today, June 13, 2014, a full moon and Friday the thirteenth the commissioners finally got down to the work finalizing the budget. It took almost 18 hours of mind numbing time and $500 in taxpayers’ money for meals before the commissioners achieved a consensus on next year’s $44,000,000 budget. The following is a written summation […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (June 11th, 2014)

The City Council’s meeting on Monday was recessed and resumed Wednesday evening to continue seeking a budget consensus. Wednesday’s meeting was prefaced with drama and a meeting saving rescue maneuver by the city manager and mayor. The drama began about an hour before the meeting’s start time. Zeus tossed a thunderbolt into the local power […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From The Peanut Gallery (City Council June 9th, 2014)

Monday night’s City Council Meeting agenda included one public hearing, one old business item and five new business items and a scheduled closed session. The public hearing was for the Council to hear the public’s opinion on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 – 2015. The public who took their time to speak only […]

Phil Hart: The DDC Needs the Main Street Manager (June 9th, 2014)

Here is the statement I presented at the city council meeting June 9th, 2014 regarding the current city budget proposal that eliminates the Main Street Manager position.  Thanks to Andrea Harris, Tom Church and Stuart Litvin for speaking in favor of keeping the position as well, and thanks to our board members who came and […]

Richard Brand: Limited the power of city and county government

Some of us have this vision of a “well-rounded” community. There are parks, there are libraries, there are schools, there are recreation areas, there are places for music and the arts, and there are places for businesses and manufacturing.  It appears that the Republican legislators in North Carolina have eyes for only business. They have […]

Michael Bobbitt: Notes From the Peanut Gallery (City Council May 12th, 2014)

Old Business Two weeks ago the Council tabled a resolution to sell a city owned building, the “Old SBN Building”. The Council offered no official reason for tabling the resolution two weeks ago. Speculation has been rampant as to the reason. Most observers thought the reason for tabling the sale revolved around hazardous materials such […]

Richard Brand: Amazing

I suppose it is a piece of the evidence for most people do not pay much attention. Or maybe it is evidence that some people will believe anything they hear. I did read a poll that said 10% of the population believes that aliens from outer space have stolen the missing far east airplane. But […]