Stories written by Lewis Guignard
Lewis Guignard is a Charlotte native and should be no stranger to followers of local politics. He has written countless articles for publications such as The Leader, The Huntersville Herald, and the Rhino Times. Described by City Councilman Warren Cooksey as, "The only person I know who finds the Libertarian party too intrusive", Lewis has been a candidate for local school board, county commission, and as the Libertarian nominee for NC Secretary of State where he finished third to Richard Petty's second. Lewis is married with three children and three grandchildren. He currently runs a local trucking company and a small land leasing operation. You can write to Lewis at

Charter Schools Scrutinized, Why Not CMS?

Charter schools are private businesses funded in part, but only in part, by tax dollars.  Since they provide educational services to children and are in competition with public schools for children, those who oppose them make every effort to destroy them. This despite, or maybe because of, the fact that charter schools often bring improved [...]

December 5, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

Trash by the Pound Coming to Charlotte?

The article starts out: “As Charlotte weighs a new proposal to charge residents for how much garbage they produce…..” In a curious turn, Charlotte is contemplating charging taxpayers who create garbage. Is something wrong with producing garbage? Actually, it’s a fairly simple situation but says much about government bureaucracy’s relationship with taxpayers. In all fairness, [...]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

The BOCC Chairmanship Battle

County Commissioner George Dunlap, once again, impresses the taxpayers with his attitude towards them and the voters. Peter St. Onge writes in the Charlotte Observer about the minor flap among the Democrats on the county commission, and quotes Mr. Dunlap saying that Ms. Pat Cotham “can’t be trusted” and is a “snitch on the board.” [...]

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

NASCAR Collusion

Tuesday the voters of Mecklenburg County turned down an additional sales tax. Wednesday, the editorial writers at the Charlotte Observer  tell us the voters: “… didn’t say stop; they say restart.”  That, of course, is their opinion. Then the following Saturday we are told of the inability of the NASCAR Hall of Fame to pay its [...]

November 10, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

A Short Review of Voter Fraud Issues

As the election starts, a short review of voter fraud issues would be in order. Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal carries an article by Hans von Spakovsky which begins with numerous citations of fraud cases being brought throughout the US.  The ones I could check showed it was Democrats being fraudulent. For the one I couldn’t [...]

October 30, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests,National | Read More »

Hurricanes, C02, and the Death of Civilization

If one follows the arguments about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), one becomes aware the subject is very politicized and is not just about science, but about control over the economy and man’s behavior. An example of this politicization comes in the Charlotte Observer’s Monday issue on page C1 ”Hurricanes ‘burp’ the Estuaries” is the title and [...]

October 8, 2014 | Posted in House Blends,House Guests | Read More »

Cannon and Quid Pro Quo

Ex-mayor Patrick Cannon gives us the sad example of what we must fear from government: quid pro quo. Mr. Cannon did no more than what can be expected from many people; he became friendly with those he did business with. More importantly, and what is missing from his case, those who did business with him [...]

September 29, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Charter Schools Unfairly Maligned

Our local entertainment weekly, Creative Loafing, in their typical leftist style, denigrates Charter Schools. Pretending to be unbiased, saying she thought about sending her children to one, Erin Tracy-Blackwood tells all. She begins by telling us she has seen too many unmotivated teachers in the public school system so she decided to send her children [...]

September 8, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,House Guests | Read More »

A Tale of Two Sheriff Candidates

Mecklenburg County has two candidates for sheriff. Both seem qualified according to their resumes but there are some critical differences. Irwin Carmichael is a well spoken lifetime bureaucrat with the sheriff’s office who aspires to the top paying, best retirement available position. I was lucky enough to hear him speak at Don Reid’s breakfast recently [...]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

First Amendment Distortions

What passes for reasonable thought by those opposed to religion is exemplified by the letter of Jeff McKelvey found in the Charlotte Observer’s July 9 edition. He says in part: “…But when religious schools receive public funds, the government is forcing me – through my taxes – to support a religious institution. That is precisely what [...]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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