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"a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire."
Women in the military have more to worry about from their comrades than the enemy sadly...
But folks will come from miles around to visit a new CVS... they are so rare and beautiful and unique to the Sandhills... what's a few trees compared to the beauty of a brick chain store. C'mon, people, get with the program!
Wdd101st's theory doesn't make sense. Development across the street from Smithson's would make the land more valuable, not less. Commercial development begets more commercial development. Our highways are crammed with hotels, motels and fast food joints that spring up around factory outlet centers to capture some share of the traffic. Can't wait.
Based on the speed and recklessness of Progess Energy's handiwork on May St, I'd say they're paying their subs on blocks of lines cleared basis and not time and materials., which sabotages any incentive to make proper cuts and adhere to utility arborists' pruning standards. Aesthetics be damned.
And while we're on the subject of telling it like it is... the Pilot was very generous in its portrayal of the Council's role in questioning the application; in actuality, the "Council" didn't spend an hour quizzing the applicant about the Knollwood project, Smithson did. Hobbs Upchurch read a list of questions posed by the Council (mostly Smithson) and read the applicant's answers. There was no "discussion."
The rest of the Council sat silent, just as they did at the Oct public hearing. Why should they have questions? After all, it's only a 558+ acre mixed-use project with a development program that includes up to 800 single family homes, 300 assisted living units, 700 hotel rooms, an 18-hole golf course, 100,000 sf of office space and 350,000sf of retail with a buildout of 15 years and massive infrastructure needs. I'm confident they derived everything they needed to know from the conceptual master plan rendering.
Good one, Mr. Smithson... finally, an elected official who has the guts to tell it like it is. We live in a Romneyesque community where the benefits accrue to the "haves" and are funded by the "have nots." Everyone should pay their fair share and they are not.
And thank you, Mr.Cutler, for recognizing that we also live in a community where articles about escaped monkeys receive more publicity and reader comments than massive mixed use projects with hidden taxpayer price tags.
While The Pilot writes of Picerno’s experience and committee appointments, it fails to provide key information related to Ellen Marcus’ candidacy: her tenure as a reporter for The Fayetteville Observer assigned to cover Moore County Commission meetings. That’s where she developed her knowledge of county issues and that’s where she observed a gap in representation by her opponent of a major segment of Moore County’s residents. It was this exposure that influenced her decision to throw her hat into the ring. Vote for Ellen Marcus. She'll represent ALL the people.
Great! Just what we need more white male columnists. I thought Bouser was trolling for diversity. How about a few black columnists? Or (god forbid) some female (of any color) political columnists. After all political pundits are predicting that women (and latinos) are going to swing this election. Nah... that might be too much of a stretch for this crowd.
A well-deserved Birdie to Tom. Good man!
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