Good. The first Gulf War started with the "involuntary annexation" of Kuwait by Iraq--there's never any good reason for that kind of high-handed action by any level of government.
Each of these people made a conscious decision "illega[ly]l to work and provide for their families," ignoring the "illegal" part. Why they broke US immigration laws is irrelevant.
How about this: Fine them the total of everything they were illegally paid, plus court costs, plus what it cost to keep them in jail, and then send them home.
And then there are the rest of us who find find it a bit ridiculous that anyone seems to enjoy watching mobs of people charging about in vigorous pursuit of a ball of some sort.
Not that long ago, a decade maybe, I might have agreed with you. But no more. The internet and a growing shift to an information economy, are making physical collocation less and less a necessity. I work on a daily basis with people from as far apart as Western Canada and Brno in the Czech Republic and I do it from my office in the basement of my house. Granted, that's probably a bit extreme, but it's certainly a trend--a lot of the people I work with throughout Europe and North and South America work from their homes too.
As to "cultural wasteland devoid of any identity," that likely reflects your biases more than it does reality--it's sounds a bit like Frank Sinatra lamenting those "little town blues" in an old song. If you like cities, cool. De gustibus non est disputandum. But that doesn't mean the rest of us have to agree. I've spent lots of time in a lot of the world's major cities and, with maybe one exception, seen nothing I'd go out of my way to see again.
And as to "unsustainable suburban sprawl," much of the point of the original article concerned how to "make cities once again a place not just for people to work but for families to live." (My emphasis.) I.e., it's cities that are proving to be unsustainable, and that's been true for decades, and much of what Poticha had to say concerned ways to resuscitate dying cities.
There are city people and there are non-city people. Frankly, I don't like cities. You apparently don't like suburbs. How about this: You live in, and pay the taxes of, the environment you prefer, and I'll do the same in my environment. We really don't need to argue about it--unless you, as the mayor of Raleigh keeps trying to do, decide it's okay to try to raid my wallet (for, for example, the "light rail" he keeps proposing, and keeps proposing the suburbs be taxed to build) to resuscitate your city.
If it's true that "the best schools in Wake County are in Raleigh," that alone is demonstration of racially motivated manipulation by the former Wake County School Board, a blatant and egregious attempt to advantage poor black Raleigh kids at the expense of white suburban kids. There is no legitimate reason for anything other than a completely uniform distribution of schools within a school district.
The entire concept of inner-city "magnet schools" is racist social engineering that bespeaks a thorough contempt for the lives of its victims, the kids. They're condemned to either a somehow "lesser" education at deliberately poorer schools near their homes, or to wasting vast amounts of time on school buses.
To address the balance of the article, it seems to be making the assumption that cities are somehow essential, that significant numbers of people "commute from Holly Springs to Raleigh in a car" for the purpose of working in the only place worth working in. It then goes on from that completely unsupported--and false--premise to an implied conclusion that Raleigh needs an expensive "high-quality transit system"--no doubt financed by taxing, not Raleigh or its residents, but by those selfish, anti-social, folk in the suburbs so desperate, or who ought to be so desperate, to live and work in a **CITY**.
Cities are dying all over the country because they're no longer economic necessities. People don't need them any more. Once, and for most of human existence, when transportation was expensive and slow, and communication over any distance farther than a shout implied the expensive, slow, transportation of a message and its carrier, cities were an economic necessity. No more.
Like "heroic measures" to sustain the life of a patient who's going to die anyway, trying to sustain the life of moribund cities is expensive and, ultimately, pointless. We, at least here in the US, are rapidly evolving away from being an urban civilisation, and it's time to acknowledge that fact.
"John Tedesco, ...is by his own description a politician who'll deliver fast action, without thinking carefully first."
I sincerely doubt Mr Tedesco described himself as not "thinking carefully first."
Chris Fitzsimon, president of the progressive N.C. Policy Watch, said there's "a lot to like about the package," especially the higher rates on the wealthy.
What do you plan to do, who do you plan to tax, after you've driven all "the wealthy" out of North Carolina? Surely you don't expect people to just sit idly by and tolerate such vindictive economic abuse...
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