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 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 »

Education Lobbyist Hypocrisy

This morning I attended the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum where County Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller spoke on behalf of increasing our sales taxes by ¼ percent.  Also there was the principal of the new Commonwealth Charter  High School, to speak about his new school. Among attendees was Bill Allen of MeckED, I presume, a non-profit [...]

July 1, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

What Makes a Good Teacher?

One of the common stories in the press is of the need to pay teachers more to entice better teachers to stay in the field. Seldom addressed is the question: What is a better teacher? How do we know? And, as importantly: what are the best methods to teach children? To begin answering those questions we [...]

May 6, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Job Prospects in Our Changing Economy

Wondering how to improve job prospects for so many of the unemployed, Mr. William Galston makes the typical errors of many about job creation in this Wall Street Journal article. To begin, banks and lending institutions have two functions in relation to job creation. The first, consumer lending, even mortgage lending, is only a method [...]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

More Tax Payer Subsidized Entertainment

When one reads the Constitution it is hard to find where it says government shall provide entertainment and hope for the people, but it must be in there somewhere. Recent news has brought forth information about two uptown projects being planned by Crescent Communities.  As one reads the article, you can look, in vain, to [...]

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

Coal Ash No Reason to Elevate Environmentalists

Monday’s copy of the local state organ, the Charlotte Observer, brings us another story about how the “environmentalists” are ‘pulling their hair out distraught’ about Duke Power’s coal ash. In fact, the fawning by reporters over what any self proclaimed environmentalist might have to say bad about how Duke is such a poor steward of the [...]

March 25, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

When TEA and the Status Quo Collide

As the various TEA Parties try to influence politics, they need to be reminded of a few things. Indeed, all the people need to be reminded of those things. One of the reasons for the existence of “Taxed Enough Already” organizations is the general dissatisfaction with the waste in government. However, to those on the [...]

March 11, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

More Leftist Divisiveness

“My point is broader: Stoking class envy is a step in a familiar, dangerous, and highly incendiary process. Any ideology or movement, right or left, that is organized negatively—against rather than for—enjoys an inherent advantage in politics, mobilizing unappeasable energies that never have to default on their announced goal of cleansing the body politic of [...]

February 24, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

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