I did finally see the exhibit, and I think the review is just plain wrong.
I won't be happy if the Wake commissioners sabotage the transit initiative, but at the same time let's recognize that less than 20% of the Wake county population lives ITB Raleigh. If transit supporters want this referendum to pass county-wide, they're going to have to throw a bone to Raleigh OTB and to non-Raleigh residents of Wake. I doubt that a rail system, by itself, from WF through DTR and through Cary towards RTP and Durham is going to get county-wide voters enthusiastic. There will have to be some kind of bus service, and not merely a bus service that feeds traffic into the rail system. That's what the RTP business community (in the form of the Regional Transportation Alliance) are also saying.
I haven't been yet, and the critique of the exhibition may be 100% on-target. But I believe the exhibition, even if flawed, will draw attendees that NCMA exhibitions usually do not. That's good.
But there's no reason for the reviewer, in a moment of sourness, to toss in the "sixth-highest unemployment rate in the country" red herring. Why not go all the way by closing the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources, liquidating the entire NCMA collection, and diverting all the proceeds to NC Medicaid? Likewise for the NC Symphony, which attracts a disproportionate number of people who drive Benz's, BMWs, and Cadillac Escalades?
Dvorak earned his spot by beating out the perpetual this-year-is-THE-year prospects like Dalpe. And Dvorak plays like Muller thinks. And Dvorak has respectable size. And he's experienced. No one really knows how many minutes his body allow, but the price was right.
I don't disagree that the team has gotten softer while the league has gotten harder. But that's largely a reflection of who the Canes have drafted. I believe the collective management team -- Rutherford, Muller, Brind'Amour, Stillman, Wesley -- sent significant messages by purging the roster of McBain, Dalpe, Boychuk, and Welsh. Unfortunately, although the top six forwards and top four D's (if Pitkanen were playing) are pretty good, the remainder of the roster is still weak and there isn't much depth in Charlotte to draw on. I can't fault Muller for that. Over time Muller will sort out the players who fit his style -- which I think is to play hard for all 60 minutes -- from the players who don't.
Muller in trouble? Ridiculous. Only if the team goes 0-20, which is very unlikely. This is Muller's first season with a team he took through his own training camp, and the team is already injury-riddled (Pitkanen, Ruutu, Gleason). Rutherford will stand behind Muller for one more year, unless Muller does something that ticks Rutherford off. It happened with Laviolette.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Did 12 years of Easley-Purdue leadership have unfortunate consequences? Yes. Is the right-wing agenda we see in the General Assembly harmful in many respects to North Carolina? Yes.
The Rev'd Barber may or may not be one's cup of tea, but to call him by the name of a heartless murderer is absurd and says more about the person posting than about Barber.
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