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Athletic-department shenanigans subsidized by our tax dollars, all so "student-athletes" can remain academically eligible to participate in the two money-making sports: football and basketball. Chancellor resigns. Athletic Director resigns. Coach Resigns. Assistant AD Resigns. Academic staffers resign. No one held accountable by UNC or our university system. They all walk away with our $. Outrageous. Forget an internal investigation. This needs to be taken on by the NCAA and the US Justice Department. The Orange County DA is a UNC grad, so don't expect much from that office. A few banners in the Dean Dome will come down in time, if there is any justice. . . .
"There will be direct and indirect benefits that people here haven’t even fathomed at this point." OK. Sl perhaps the braintrust behind the deal can make an effort to enlighten us with specifics. What local tax contribution will be made by this corporation? What is the expect impact in terms of new revenues generated by this move? Between the Town, the Chamber, the county, the economic development group, and the bank, surely they could put together some real data and share it. Otherwise the whole initiative is sure to be met with skepticism. So how about it, dear editor? How about some real reporting on this? Spare us the press release approach.
Just have a look at the "Partners in Progress" Board of Directors: http://www.moorebusiness.org/about-us/board-of-directors/
Note that Mr. Fred Hobbs just recently resigned form this esteemed board.
Note that Mr. Woronoff, publisher of "The Pilot," is also there; so much for objective "reporting" from our "local" community newspaper.
That is all . . .
"Luckily, I have good health insurance for the family, as do many of you. . . ." Mr. Nagy, for the "heck" of it, contact Blue Cross of NC and ask for a quote for insurance for your family; then look at that policy closely, with co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, etc. Work up an "event scenario," say a gall bladder in need of removal, and calculate all associated costs. That's what is helping to squeeze our middle class into oblivion. Folks paying their own way for healthcare see the complete picture vs. folks receiving coverage from an employer. Our seniors and government retirees are our best positioned, for sure, in terms of receiving complete healthcare coverage at little or no cost.
"The total number of new workers downtown won't be huge - about 30. . . " That's really creating a "buzz," is it? How many staff did Hobbs have at that facility? I suspect the "net gain" here is not all that significant. I'm rooting for those downtown businesses, but the impact of this seems, well, very limited. How about the corporate tax angle, though? Will the fact that this bank being headquarted in town and in the county translate to a sizeable tax contribution? How about addressing that Mr. Embrey?
This is a terrific addition to the Town of Southern Pines. But Mr. Natt, how about some figures on the ROI behind the $150k economic incentive? Head off the critics and skeptics, please. Surely, Mr. Corso, Mr. Little, Mr. Hobbs, Mr. Woronoff, and the rest of Partners in Progress, as well as the Chamber of Commerce can provide some projections. No?
This appears to be a good move for the county and for the Town of Southern Pines. According to the article, Moore County will provide $15,000 a year (via our contributed tax dollars) for 10 years to help "defray" the bank's costs of moving from Troy. OK. But what annual tax dollars will this location provide to the town and to the county? How about numbers on that, Mr. Natt? Just find out and drop it in the comments, so we all get a clearer and more complete understanding of the additional benefit? This is "Sunshine" week, afterall, whereby we are to enjoy transparency into government actions. So, please, shed some light on this for us.
This appears to be a good move for the county and for the Town of Southern Pines. According to the article, Moore County will provide $15,000 a year (via our contributed tax dollars) for 10 years to help "defray" the bank's costs of moving from Troy. OK. But what annual tax dollars will this location provide to the town and to the county? How about numbers on that, Mr. Natt? Just find out and drop it in the comments, so we all get a clearer and more complete understanding of the additional benefit? This "Sunshine" week, afterall, whereby we are to enjoy transparency into government actions. So, please, shed some light on this for us.
njc17, That is not socialism. You will participate in Medicare. You will participate in public education. You will receive the benefit of police, fire, and emergency service, among many other services, all made possible by our tax revenue. That is not socialism
njc17, Your statement is incorrect. Canadian healthcare is not "free." It is funded by tax revenue. Further, no such shortage of healthcare professionals up there, at least no more than here in the US, based on population. Also, no waiting for non-emergency care. That is mythology. Sure, some monied Canadians may come to the States for certain procedures; in that case, either they pay for private procedures such as cosmetic surgery. But the Canadian system will actually cover the cost of certain certain types of care administered in the US to Canadian citizens should the Canadian system be unable to render such care or do so in a timely manner. Know any Canadians? If so, please ask them what they think of their system. In short, they would not trade it for our approach.
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