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.
ummmmmmm.........how about the one exception?
I certainly trust the Independent more than the Democratic party when it comes to politics.
Sounds like the private sector is stepping up to the plate.
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
Amusing. With one exception, this was essentially the Democratic party ticket, including judicial and bond issues. Can you explain what value you provide to voters above just going to the Dem party website?
"Socialism is a step between a democracy and communism. "
No, Goaglen, it really isn't. We'll start with the interesting fact that Socialism is a form of economy. Democracy and Communism are forms of Government. Your statement is like saying that the Avocado is the step between a Tomato becoming an Apple. Too funny.
Second there are highly functional and very successful Democratic governments around the world with strong Socialist leanings. Many of them are beating the US economically, and most of them are destroying us as regards standings in public health, education, low levels of violence...
As pertains to the GM bailout you do realize that we actually saw a positive return to the taxpayer on that investment, right?
Interesting tomgee. I don't see any Communists on this list at all. Are you sure you are actually reading this or simply spouting inane nonsense.
You do realize that the "Communist State of California" has the 4th largest economy in the world all by itself, and that the "Fascist Republican States of America" are net debtors to the US economy relying on the Democratic states to support them, right? You didn't know that? Well...that explains your moronic posts then.
Well, Roger Dodger, I have a feeling you would be hard pressed to put together a coherent knock-knock joke, so it really isn't a surprise.
You fail to put together a rational rebuttal to the endorsements and instead resort to foolish partisan nonsense. How droll. *gently pats their pointy little head*
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.
A lot of ink could have been saved,,, just say VOTE D EXCEPT FOR CHERIE BERRY..
interestingly, no justification for endorsing BHO,,, I'd be hard-pressed to write a coherent argument for voting for him too,
I guess I should be receiving an editorial check correct? This is about the fifth time you had to change your 'wording' to reflect the mistakes I point out.
I never even went to J school, kinda sad really. So tell me again why I should trust anything you put into print?
"Instant Account" -- You are right: Cathy Wright resigned as chairwoman of the Chatham County GOP due to her House District 54 candidacy. The text has been corrected.
Why not just put a capital "D" in the article and let it be?
I think what tomgee meant was socialist.
"a public collective ownership or control of the basic means of production, distribution, and exchange with the avowed aim of operating for use rather than profit, and of assuring to each member of society an equitable share of goods, services, and welfare benefits" Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1963.
What would you call public ownership of GM stock? Or of the other companies receiving bail out monies? Of our welfare programs which have become pervasive and ubiquitous?
Socialism is a step between a democracy and communism. Mr. Gee must have assumed this future step. We are a democracy in name only, a social democracy in truth, and in violation of our basic social contract by this "progressive" momentum.
The Reds are coming in response to this inequity, but not the communist ones.
Cathy Wright is also not GOP chairwoman, that would be Jim Duncan. Don't let a little thing like research get in the way.
Lining for my hamster cage.
We would have preferred not have to endorsed in the labor commissioner at all; as we said, we didn't like either candidate, and Berry is not a good labor commissioner.
However, historically the Indy has endorsed in all races with very few exceptions. And when we've done so, we've been equally criticized for withholding endorsements.
Just a data point: I almost lost my vote last year because I had my phone out in the booth. The lady finally relented, though.
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Could not think of a better candidate than Deb McManus for Dist. 54? Interesting.
Last go round you said this: We think Starkweather is the better choice given his history as an advocate for the environment and his expertise in the growth pressures facing the district. He would be a counterbalance to pro-growth local governments and has the kind of fire Democrats need in the Legislature.
So Mr. Starkweather was a better candidate you found, truth be damned!! I noticed Deb sold her ritzy BMW for a Prius, gotta appear like something she isn't! She would do a fine job with the state budget, when she was chair of our school board she went begging to the county for more money, made a political play out of it, chicken little style, only to find out that oops, she had the money all along! She will make a great fiscal steward, not!! Nice endorsement,
Your homework is just so terrible.
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