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If Ted and the Pilot editors knew what a flawed system the NC Magazine uses to rank courses, they would not give it any credibility by reporting their results. The system is not only employs flawed math, it is nothing less than legalized extortion. It is completely dependent on how many raters have played a course and is based on the total of their ratings rather than the average. For example, if 20 raters play a course and each gives it a rating of 7, it has a total of 140 points. If 40 raters play another course and give it a rating of 5, it has a total of 200 points and would be ranked higher than the first course. So, the way a course get ranked higher is to host outings attended by lots of raters in order to build up their total score ( not necessarily their average). Many of the more private clubs will not play their game by hosting their outings. That explains why courses like Wade Hampton, Diamond Creek, Eagle Point and Forest Creek are ranked higher in the more legitimate publication rankings.
Mark Parsons says he has only gotten positive comments. Just wait until the next election, if he decides to run again.
I'm not sure how I got started speaking for Jim Lewis, but I will add one more point. I do know him and I think I understand that he was trying to make two points at the Council meeting.First, the Village should be held to the same standards and rules as private citizens. Second, rather than operate with hard-and-fast rules, the HPC should be able to exercise judgment to allow some flexibility in implementation.
I think you are talking to the wrong guy. The Historic Preservation Commission does not make the rules or guidelines. They are just a group of volunteers charged with implementing the guidlines as it relates to major changes, only in the Pinehurst Historic District. Minor changes and all changes outside the Historic District are implemented by the Village Staff. I think it has something to do with preserving the National Historic Landmark status, which a lot of Pinehurst residents seem to think is important. I don't think it has much to do with Pinehurst being a "retirement community". Rather it is about being an historic community.
I was at the meeting and heard Jim's comments. I don't think he meant them like you interpret them. In fact, I think he was trying make the same point as your last sentence. He seemed to be arguing in favor of the HPC having some room use judgment when reviewing an application. His argument went something like this. A jury of 9 citizens can listen to the facts (and the law) and make a judgment that can send someone to jail. Threfore, wouldn't it make sense for the HPC, made up of 7 citizens to be able to look at facts (and the guidelines) and make a judgment on something far less important, like the color of a house. At least that is what I think he was trying say.
Apparently some of the Council members are still angry because the Historic Preservation Commission did not approve their plans to modify the Village Green. Solution.....Get rid of the Commision. That'll show'em!
oops. wrong topic
My favorite breakfast is steak and eggs at Waffle House.
I've probably had that dish at least 500 times. Not bad anytime of day, or night. Best news I have heard today is Waffle House is coming here, finally!
It is not that the Village Council could not find a middle ground. They did not even try. They had no interest in any compromise. Afterall, they had the luxury of hiring lawyers with tax payer money.
There were no lawyers or legal fees involved until the Village Council chose to appeal the decision of the Historic Preservation Commission.
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