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I think most everyone is glad that that era is over. We should be thankful that we have had the capability to pull off such a caper so successfully and in secret. I would have to agree that even thought I do not support many of the initatives of this president, he did have the courage to finish the job here. wmwendt
I just read Andy Thomas's reivew of the meeting on the Performing Arts Center in Pinehurst. My surprise was how he characterized the comments as either correct, or biased, depending on his own view. Andy is a friend but having attended this meeting I have to say that his own view is not totally what was expressed at the meeting. Yes, there was many opposed, but they were asking a very good question which was "why is this being considered at all" at this point so why is the council spending the money for this consultant. The other issue was Pat Corso's implication that those who follow us will be younger people, but as one recent retiree from chicago said, we came here for the beauty and the quint, and many others will follow us for that same reason, so the presumption that young families will take our place is misplaced.
Not sure where this is going, but I just read Andy Thomas's reivew of the meeting on the Performing Arts Center in Pinehurst. My surprise was how he characterized the comments as either correct, or biased, depending on his own view. Andy is a friend but having attended this meeting I have to say that his own view is not totally what was expressed at the meeting. Yes, there was many opposed, but they were asking a very good question which was "why is this being considered at all" at this point so why is the council spending the money for this consultant. The other issue was Pat Corso's implication that those who follow us will be younger people, but as one recent retiree from chicago said, we came here for the beauty and the quint, and many others will follow us for that same reason, so the presumption that young families will take our place is misplaced.
You can't find a better breakfast experience than here. The bacon and sausage are unique. Tasty and crisp, and not the run of the mill varieties. The service is great as well. I eat here several times a month for breakfast and use the free WiFi while I am there. Have met many interesting people there, golfers and others. William Wendt
I have also enjoyed oysters from the Cheasapeake Bay when I lived in Baltimore and worked for McCormick and company. And the last time I was at Shuckers the raw oyesters were delicious. Haven't been there, however, since the oil spill in the gulf. Many local restaurants could not get good oysters after that. I will try Shucker's again soon. William Wendt
This has been a great place and from the beginning they have had easy to access WiFi which was great for me as I go there at 6:30am when they open and grade my students work online. The coffee, and breakfast sandwich with a true egg cooked before you eyes, is great as well. william wendt
One of our very best restaurants in the area, if you like classical cuisine prepared by a master chef, and top graduate of the Culinary Institute of New York. I have tried all of his soaps and never been disappointed. His preparation of seafood, especially the scallops, is superb and varies from time to time. The flavors are subtle but outstanding and truly enhance the meal itself. His veal chops is something else to be enjoyed. This is a small, intimate classic restaurant that takes me back to the finest in New York City. Stop in sometime and enjoy it, as I am sure you will return, as do I.
I have not read Paul Dunn in a long time, but this diatribe of his is way out of line. First off, the financial crisis was NOT caused by the Bush administration, but was due primarily to prior urgings of Congressional members, both Democratic and Republican, that everyone in this country had the right to "own his own home". As a result underwriting standards declined to the point where anyone could qualify for a mortgage, and the resulting calamity was due to the high foreclosure rate as 25% of these loans became delinquent in the first year.
As for what to do in the next election, I have to say that the Obama initatives, including the new Healthcare bill, have done NOTHING to bring about any fundamental change in the system, especially in terms of making things more efficint, and certainly have not done anything directly to help the economy.
The Cash for Clunkers program had NO long-term impact and in fact just resulted in a moving forward of plans to purchase new cars. In the meantime thousands of useful and okay cars were destroyed under this program, increasing the cost of good used cars that those who need transportation but cannot afford new cars, have to purchase. The First -time Homebuyers credit was more of the same. Nothing has helped this economy, and the emphasis on "new hires" created is a false statistic. Perhaps the "infrastructure" bill if it is passed, and the emphasis on "education" will have a more salutatory effect. But if President Obama really wants to help and preserve quality education, then he should protect the position of the current head of the DC schools, whose job is in jeopardy due to a change in administration in that city.
As an adjunct instructor at UNC-Pembroke, I can tell you that our students have little in the way of math skills, and cannot write a clear sentence. They need excellent training for today's more complex jobs.
I for one no the Republican party is far from perfect, but there policies are a darn sight more ecnomically sound, than those of this administration. wmw
It always occurs to me as to why churches feel that they have some "god given right" to do as they want to do and to ignore the constraints that society wants to place on them in the name of preservation of history, the uniqueness of a place, etc. This is not new as we went through this with the Community Presbyterian church in PInehurst, the Methodist church in Southern Pines and others. The only one that did the right thing was the Catholic Church, which when they outgrew their facility behind the Hotel, then purchased land on the edge of town and built a whole new facility. If the church needs expansion, even on land that they own and have the right to use, it is inappropriate to build a bulding out of character with the surrounding historical area. I AM OPPOSED TO THIS AND TO THE WAY IN WHICH IT HAS BEEN APPROACHED.
Is this really different than the New York Imam, who wants to locate his religious center near ground-zero? Yes, he has the right, but is it the right thing to do? When do we protect peoples' sensibilities? William and Hope Wendt
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