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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 »

Sales Tax Referendum Back On?

Last week, it was reported HERE that we may have been saved from a referendum fight over increasing the local sales tax.  The NC Senate was looking to pass a bill that would cap local option sales tax at 2.5%.  Since Mecklenburg already charges that, the referendum would essentially be voided. However, due once again [...]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

North Meck Mayors + Speaker Thom Tillis (aka The HOT Lanes Bucket Brigade)

When the I77 HOT Lanes issue once again caught fire two weeks ago with the release of new information from NCDOT on potential toll rates, things got hot around North Mecklenburg among elected officials as well. As reported here last week, Davidson’s Town Board declined to have a special meeting to discuss the issue.  What may be even more [...]

July 3, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,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 »

Fuzzy Math Continues on HOT Lanes

It’s not surprising that once the information NCDOT possessed on the projected costs of the I77 HOT became public, that the bureaucracy would go into full fledged spin mode.  That appears to be what happened yesterday as the date for signing the 50 year contract with the Spanish contracting firm, Cintra, looms later this week. One could expect that when [...]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Charlotte Tea Party’s Weekly Update

Greetings! CAUTION’s Summer Sessions are in full swing…and it’s really Summer now as well! Join us Monday evening at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille from 6-7:30 for some great conversation with fellow conservatives. This is a long newsletter, so let’s dive in!! This week, in addition to our This Week in History presentation, we’ll also hear [...]

June 23, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Party Politics Over School Teachers?‏

On Tuesday night the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners adopted the County Manager’s proposed budget. During discussions, I made a substitute proposal. My proposal would continue to fund everything in the Manager’s budget, but would lower the tax rate by one penny by reducing the allocation to the Debt Service Fund by one penny. **The [...]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Parent Backlash to CMS Tactics

Just thought I would share this email exchange with you. I find it very interesting, and perhaps you will, too. Apparently not everyone with children in CMS is thrilled with their request and actions. The County Commission has taken a lot of heat recently over teacher increases in pay. The slogan you’ll hear a lot [...]

May 9, 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 »

Cintra’s HOT Lanes a HOT Mess

As reported last week, the locally reviled HOT lane proposal on I-77 in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell is moving forward.  The NCDOT announced that Cintra Infraestructures, S.A, a Spanish firm specializing in transportation infrastructure, was the apparent winning bidder for the project. The press release for the NCDOT gave limited details, and to date [...]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

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