Additional good news for the Veterans Leadership Council. Here is the text of the Memorandum of Intent received yesterday afternoon from North Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker:
November 26, 2013
To: All Interested Parties for the Veteran’s Life Center Project
From: Sharon Allred Decker, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce
This memo is provided to confirm the intent of the N.C. Department of Commerce to fulfill the requested desire to secure a Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) of $4.2 million. The purpose of this grant will be to renovate a building on the campus of the John Umstead Hospital Complex in Butner, North Carolina in order to provide temporary shelter, support and rehabilitation services for homeless veterans. We are working diligently with the Town of Butner for this purpose, as they are the local agent of such a grant.
This grant is being pursued through the offices of the N.C. Department of Commerce’s new Rural Economic Development Division under the leadership of Dr. Pat Mitchell.
The Town of Butner is currently in the process of applying for the grant and we are committed to continuing to work with them through this process. Once the Town of Butner completes its application, the Department will continue working through the process in an expeditious manner to ensure all applicable requirements are met so the grant can be awarded and the project can move forward.
We have a great interest in the health and wellbeing of all that serve our Country. This project focuses on those that need the help and support the most. We commend the efforts of Veteran’s Leadership Council of North Carolina – CARES and are eager to secure this initial funding to get this project off the planning pages and into reality. We encourage the Veteran’s Leadership Council of North Carolina – CARES management and board to continue its work of raising the necessary private funding to secure the long term future and sustainability of these endeavors.
The Honorable Richard M. Burr, U.S. Senate
The Honorable Marilyn Avila, N.C. House
The Honorable Neal K. Hunt, N.C. Senate
Thomas Stith, Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Pat McCrory
Tony Almeida, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Pat McCrory
Jonathan D. Felts, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Pat McCrory
The Honorable Aldona Z. Wos, Secretary, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
Major General Cornell A. Wilson, Jr., N.C. Military Affairs Commission
Ilario G. Pantano, Assistant Secretary, N.C. Department of Administration – Division of
Brooks D. Tucker, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Richard Burr
The Honorable Thomas W. Lane, Mayor, Town of Butner
Tommy Marrow, Town Manager, Town of Butner
James C. Wrenn, Jr., Attorney, Town of Butner
John W. Turner, Executive Director, Veteran’s Leadership Council of North Carolina – CARES
David Robinson, Attorney for Veteran’s Leadership Council of North Carolina – CARES
Check out the full line up of 24 films, showtimes, events and children's activities at www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org. In addition to films there will be presentations and panel discussions with folks from Duke Lemur Center, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Red Wolf Coalition and Carolina Tiger Rescue.
Compare how the Boston school system handled a presumably similar - though probably less widespread - incident earlier this summer -
The leaders at chhs are every bit deserving of the cartoon sendup they received this week by V C Rogers.
D.J., always happy to help: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=crust+punk
As for your dismissal of Sweden, well, I'm afraid I have nothing.
Before we leave the subject of Obamacare:
a) I like this take by Josh Marshall today. It explains in some detail the conclusion I posited in this column that Obamacare will survive, at least for awhile, because it fills a need (coverage of those with pre-existing conditions) and however much we might want a better law in other regards, it's beyond our constitution system to get something better. As follows:
b) There was a time, prior to the closing of the American frontier, when our constitutional framework made sense as a way to govern a vast expanse of land, much of which was not really under more than rudimentary control by its settlers. Today, with instant global communications, the framework handed down by the founding fathers is 1) unnecessary to govern a large area; and 2) ineffective, because of its domination by big-money special interests, at representing the public interest.
Most other industrialized countries have a multi-party parliamentary system which allows a majority party or coalition of parties to actually govern. Only occasionally in our history has a majority party been able to govern effectively -- and unless I'm forgetting something, these were periods of crisis: Post-Civil War; the Depression, World War II. Otherwise, ours has been a system with a weak federal government and state governments played off against one another by special interests, from the slaveholders to the railroad companies to, now, the banks and multinational corporations who get special tax breaks to grace any state with their presence.
What does this review even *mean*? And who cares about some Swedish band? And what, exactly, is "crust" punk? Does it involve vomit?
Wow. The Board's unwillingness to address this is much more unsettling than Jackson's actions.
Whether of not the sale goes through it's a bad deal for the citizens of our state. How people would turn down land for under $2000 a acre? Even with the potential of environmental regulations many people would of bought for hunting and other uses.
Secondly when you read over carefully the contract promises nothing except a 30 foot by 30 foot piece of landscaped land for a plaque as the "legacy forest". NC can do scientific research but only at the desecration of the buyer and for a fee. None of NCSU's retained "privileges" which they brag about are set up as covenants. They won't transfer to the next buyer. Walker isn't even required to get a contract, which according to the prospectus will be for fifty years for $50 million dollars, from the DOD. They only have to make an effort. They can flip this property a week after the purchase goes through if they so desire. Whether you believe in big government or small government we can all agree that we should get good value from our government. This is not a good value for the taxpayers of North Carolina.
Read, Write, Tweet, Meet stop the sale of Hofmann forest.
“Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.”
― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Drove from NJ to see this and it was well worth the drive. Great venue, great crowd and the best music I have ever seen live.
Please read these two documents (NSAM 263 and NSAM 273) and see if you believe they say what this article reports. NSAM 273 has the same referencing withdrawal of 1000 troops in 1963. I am shocked that something I had believed until today is just a distortion of facts!
How Long Have The Education Programs Been Going On Does anyone Know?
Red room is closed
Not so much as a mea culpa? What lesson did she learn? She didn't address plagiarism.
School board? Why are you silent?
Soo...where's the list of best pies?
Arthur, regarding the question of kickbacks, I don't know. However it definitely appears that some members of the NC State Community maneuvered for this outcome. The forest needs our help before it's too late.
Read about it.
Write about it in response to new articles and on blogs.
Tweet about it.
Meet about it - We need people who are willing to take action.
I like the fact that Madison felt that the Constitution could help nurture republican democracy over a large geographic area. Perhaps the Russians, Chinese and Brazilians can find some features of our federal constitutional system helpful in their future domestic political development.
I am proud to share initials with Dolley Payne Madison, who was born in Guilford County, N.C..
David Proctor McKnight
NCSU has certainly shown their true colors, and they're not red, white, and black; they're gold and greenbacks. If anyone can put a price on a priceless resource, it's the current administration. Apparently a couple of members of the Board of Trustees have a direct interest in the hog farming industry. The non-imported corn will provide a cheaper form of sustenance for their hogs. More power to you, guys. You know how to win at the expense of the students, faculty, and public every time. Because this isn't about what's best for the university; it's about what's best for you and what will add the most to your bank accounts.
"Dueling stories" or not, the apparent veracity of the NCSU officials and Walker Agriculture both seem to be highly dubious.
The only assurances whatsoever that Hofmann Forest won't become cookie-cutter homes and acres of corn to feed the pigs of NC's enormous commercial hog farming operations are verbal. There's nothing in the contract to prevent pillaging the forest, so it's a really good bet that the forest will be pillaged.
Not until the media attention dies down, mind you, but expect bulldozers before too long.
Mary Watzin and Randy Woodson can't see the forest for the cash. "We put a price on a priceless resource and initiated its destruction" is a pretty crappy legacy, if you ask me.
The school board and the school district should be checking into these examples of apparent plagiarism on the part of the principal at Chapel Hill High School. Her explanations are unacceptable. Anyone in education is aware of the importance of citing sources no matter what the circumstances.. Some examples of her written information provided to others is not even paraphrased. I find it disquieting that neither the school board nor Dr. Forcella are commenting other than to make excuses for Ms. Jackson. This is a fine, rigorous school and the educational community inside and outside the school itself deserve that same rigor to be exhibited now.
What next? Continuing the automotive theme, The Blue Ridge Parkway: Grace in Motion (Landscape design and art.)
I’d always thought it was the beautiful scenery... until I learned about the engineering system, called ‘the line of grace’ - a road-design technique not used today.
Read more, here: http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topi…
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