For the first question Bill Cole says:
"In the coming decades, fresh water will be more valuable than oil. We need to be thinking now about preserving both the quantity and quality of our fresh water supplies."
I'd just like to post three links which come to mind when thinking about this:
Mike Burry who predicted the sub-prime meltdown is investing in almond farms:
I would think that just as he bought insurance for sub-prime loans that
he predicted were bound to fail -- this is a way that he can invest
in something that he thinks is pretty much bound
to happen -- water shortages.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney article on water that was sent out about a year ago:
Wikipedia page which discusses water usage:
really- we should follow your lead because you are a republican/conservative. How about we vote on who is qualified for the job, regardless of political party. This is our water. without it we cannot live.
Both these candidates have WEAK LinkedIn profiles and hardly and contacts. Shoot... Looks like anyone can run for this position.
Wow all... THANK YOU..... Wow... I WILL NOT be voting for her... Read this: http://exposingjudgeworley.blogspot.com/20…
Pat Lawson is getting my vote and I'm a conservative/ Republican.
RE: Question 7:
I think it might be worthwhile to explain Soil and Water District to High School Seniors who will be voting for the first time (and HS students who will in future elections). Local elections are those where one's vote weighs heaviest. Also, it's important to know from where our water comes, and why there's "no fishing" signs in nearby lakes.
I don't think this Q&A tells us much about the Soil & Water District or what this candidate will do. If you put "Bill Cole" in the search box, his Q&A is a little more informative.
I think Bill Cole gives some very informed and thoughtful answers to the questions. His opponents answers seem off the cuff and flippant. I like the fact that he is an architect, because this means he is an analytical thinker. Analytical thinkers will think through existing and future unforeseen problems with facts and empirical data, not just feelings or outside pressure.
Bill Cole will get my vote based on his answers to this questionnaire.
Thank you Indy Week for posting this candidate and other nonpartisan candidates answers to your questions. It was very helpful part of my decision making process in the less publicized races.
New Citizen of Wake County, NC
Want to see how Sally treats businesses? Watch the video. Pay close attention to the graphs. During Sally's tenure there was a meager 1 million dollars in capital investment. Since she went in the minority, that number has jumped to 117 million.
This is how she treats her constituents. "We just did?" Sally is unethical as it comes. She also claims the BOC's relationship with the Board of Education is frayed, yet they were nominated for another award. Don't take it from me though, check out this exchange from hypocritical Randy Voller (Chatham Democratic Party Chair) and BOE chair David Hamm. Keep in mind, Sally makes this claim in her mailers, a bald faced lie if one was ever told. Read this exchange.
"Dear Board of Education:
Concerns have been raised regarding the nomination of the current Chatham County Board of Commissioners to receive the same award the Board of Commissioners received in 2009.
Now I realize that a nomination does not actually mean they will receive an award, but since all five of you are listed as Democrats and there has been some cause for concern over the past two budget cycles in Chatham County with education, would you kindly share with the leadership of the party your reasoning for nominating the current Board of Commissioners for an award by a vote of 5-0?
Randy Voller, chair"
Response from Board of Education Chair:
"Dear Democratic Party Chair,
It saddens me to hear that “concerns have been raised” regarding the nomination of the BOC for the annual NCSBA Commissioner’s Award. The BOE has done nothing but extend its hand in working productively with the BOC over the past year, and the BOC have been very gracious in supporting the school system in some very unique and desperate economic times.
As a member of the BOE, I for one do not see politics as part of the equation when dealing with our children, budgets, and what is best for the school system. Democrats and Republicans alike have a sworn duty to provide for the schools.
Your statement that “concerns have been raised” leads me to believe that the Democrats of Chatham County want to be at odds with the Republicans of Chatham and use the children as pawns in your political scheming. We have way too much of that going on in Washington and Raleigh for that to continue here at the local level in Chatham.
As you are probably not aware, the overall demeanor and lines of communication between the BOC and BOE have improved dramatically over the past year. If you were present at the past two budget presentation meetings between the BOE and the BOC, you would understand first hand how all five BOE members agreed upon the nomination for the award. In fact, during the budget cycle this past year, the BOC gave an additional $715,000 above the BOE budget request. The commissioners also proposed and added a 2% raise to the local supplement for the employees of the school system.
In short, from Murphy to Manteo, I dare you to find many BOC that have been able to support their BOE the way our commissioners have worked with us here in Chatham. May I remind you that due to excellent work by both the BOC and BOE administrations, Chatham County Schools has weathered this economic meltdown far better than most of the other 114 school systems across the state. We have not laid off teachers; we have not cut salaries; and we have actually been able to add back potential cuts that would have dramatically impacted our classrooms. We are still the 6th best locally funded school system in the state!
Once again, I see the responsibility of the BOE and BOC, regardless of political affiliation, to work hand in hand for providing the necessary resources for our children in Chatham to be successful. Yes, I am a registered Democrat, but if also look on the ballot, as a BOE candidate, I am “non-partisan.” I am here to serve the children of Chatham County, not a political party and its agendas.
Our agenda is to work with everyone to make Chatham County Schools the best it can be.
David M. Hamm"
The dishonest ways of the Chatham Coalition (now known as the Chatham Democratic Party) have got to stop. I know Sally reads this, and Sally, you have lost whatever credibility you thought you had. Those of us out west (not that you ever care to come and see us) are thankful for the board majorities policies, they, unlike you, do what they say and say what they mean.
Speaking of which, any proof they are Tea Party people, or is that just another dishonest label meant to invoke fear. I would be ashamed of myself, but I doubt that is in your nature. Prove that claim, if you can.
During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?
If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history and raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.
If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.
If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets, and helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.
If you support prohibition you've helped create a prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords and terrorists.
If you support prohibition you've helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can't find employment due to their felony status.
If you support prohibition you're responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have bred generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.
If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises, gifted them intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helped them gain control of vast swaths of territory, and put significant social and military resources at their disposal.
Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. If you support it, you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt, or criminally insane.
I'm am grateful for the endorsement. I really have put my all into serving the Durham community to the best and fullest of my abilities. Thank you for noticing the work of the District and letting voters know how crucial our role is as elected officials.
Stop Dem Liars you are exactly right! It's called judicial activism and it's unethical as hell. Worley is a judicial activist, hands down. Get her off that bench!
Can't believe this conservative nutjob asked his kid to comment on this thread. You can tell he's conservative by the way in that he thinks the most important issue facing the court is saving money instead of dispensing justice. Please read Judge Worley's response as a contrast: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/anna-elen…
In favor of voter I.D
What doesn't she understand about the balance of powers? The Legislature makes the laws. A judge has NO right to use their opinions to modify the law based on who is before her.
Instead of criticizing the Independent and telling people to go look at his website, Mr. Dunn should have been able to clearly explain his position for every question asked. Making people jump through hoops to know your political stance is not going to make them vote for you.
Gurley's a tool. He probably didn't want people to remember this question from The Indy questionnaire in 2010:
Q: Do you support equal rights for gay and straight citizens, including equal protection from workplace discrimination and equal marriage rights?
A: Government at any level must not discriminate against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation. Additionally, the workplace should also be free of discrimination. Churches should be free to worship as a congregation without Government interference.
And put it beside this answer from another questionnaire in 2012:
Q: Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman?
A: I support the constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As a current Wake County commissioner, I recently voted in favor or a resolution that adds an amendment to our constitution protecting marriage. Marriage offers stability, basic balance and meaning to relationships across the board. Children from a traditional marriage are seven times less likely to live in poverty, six times less likely to commit suicide and less than half as likely to commit a crime. Marriage also promotes a stable economy, providing children who will eventually be employed as well as lowering welfare costs. The facts and statistics don’t lie: traditional marriage benefits the couple and their children, our economy and our society.
Please take note of Mr. Barkers answers. He is open and honest. He is running against Judge Anna E. Worley and although he has not been a Judge before, he is married and has children unlike Judge Worley. I would trust this man with my case just on his merits and answers before going into Judge Worley's courtroom. Judge Worley has had 4 years to show the people of Wake County what she is all about. The time for change is now. People who know and have dealt with Judge Worley know a time for change has come. We need Mr. Barker and NOT Judge Worley for 4 more years. Please get out and vote.. and vote for Mr. Barker.
Would you know by any chance how many acers per cow you have to have in SC?
This is the woman who agreed that Nifong "enjoys a reputation for truthfulness" at his criminal contempt trial after the Duke non-rape botch. She gladly worked for the wretched man.
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