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City Manager Retirement Riches

City Manager Curt Walton announced his retirement last week and will soon be riding off into the sunset with a truly sweetheart retirement package, thanks to the lucrative salaries and benefits that are routinely guaranteed to highly paid government bureaucrats. Walton, for but one example, pockets a $258,000 compensation package, courtesy of a 6-percent pay […]

October 2, 2012 | Posted in Don Reid,House Guests | Read More »

Kumbaya Politics And Power

Just as you might expect, there is a cry from Democrats, news media and other liberals for the appointment of a redistricting commission for the state of North Carolina. After more than 100 years of Democrat abuse of the redistricting process, abuse that has been a major factor helping the Democrats maintain a lock-down on […]

December 2, 2010 | Posted in Carolinas,Don Reid,House Guests | Read More »

Allies … And The Misinformed

Please, please, if you can find a way to make it, go visit the NASCAR Museum.  It appears that estimated attendance is falling slightly below projections. Instead of 800,000 visitors per year, projections now may tumble below 300,000! But don’t worry; the uptown crowd assures us that no bailout with taxpayer money will be required. However, […]

November 24, 2010 | Posted in Don Reid,House Guests | Read More »

No Debate: It’s Time To Fire The Democrats

Thanks to excellent coverage from PunditHouse on the pressing need for county commission debates, along with this scolding editorial from the Observer, Commissioners Chairman Jennifer Roberts and her Democrat colleagues changed their minds and agreed to debate Republican county commission candidates during a forum hosted by Speak Out Charlotte. You can hardly blame Jennifer and […]

September 29, 2010 | Posted in Don Reid,House Guests | Read More »

Government Is Bad Business For Non-Profits

Over the years, non-profits have become more and more dependent on government (taxpayer funds) to fund their budgets. Sure enough, the number of non-profits has escalated, staffs have grown and, of course, the need for more funds. We literally have dozens of non-profits in Mecklenburg, each with its own paid staff, many of them with […]

July 12, 2010 | Posted in Don Reid,House Guests | Read More »

Blueprint For Beating Meck County Tax-and-Spenders

I stay fairly close to the political action in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and was a little bewildered by some of the comments I’ve seen in response to Tom Ashcraft’s latest HouseGuest column. If any of the candidates running for at-large Mecklenburg County commissioner have put forth the conservative positions listed in Tom’s article, I have not heard […]

May 28, 2010 | Posted in Don Reid,House Guests | Read More »

Going Green Can Make Sense

Some things appear too good to be true….but this is true….so please listen up! In 2003, the N.C. legislature joined a growing number of other states, across the country and with General Statute GS 143-64-17 authorized Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as a method for funding energy related improvements for public buildings, both state and local. […]

March 22, 2010 | Posted in Don Reid | Read More »

Allies….and the Misinformed

In mid November 2008, shortly after the Obama election and at a time when the entire U.S. economy, for several months, had been rapidly sinking, Professor Peter Brews, Associate Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School (UNC-Chapel Hill), spoke to a luncheon group in Charlotte about the, then current economic situation. Most striking was his opinion […]

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March 5, 2010 | Posted in Don Reid | Read More »

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