With social distancing, I am avoiding the Wuhan virus and spending time with some Wuhan Angels. It is just one of the many ways that life has changed over the past few weeks.
I never thought that I would write a column like this. Not once since I first started preparing for a career in public administration did I ever think that I would have cause to address this topic. And yet that is where I find myself today, commenting on a threat to equitable service deliver…
Last fall, two Pilot columnists wrote, what were on first blush, unrelated columns about federal budget deficits and deferred maintenance of infrastructure, buildings and equipment.
This new year is the first in the last 30 that will see the Southern Pines Public Library without the presence of Lynn Thompson, its recently retired director.
The three largest towns continue to argue for increasing the lodging tax paid by visitors in order to reimburse the towns for costs related to serving those visitors.
A decision on school redistricting is coming. Balancing school capacity throughout Moore County when residential growth is not evenly distributed has been the main factor in the process.
We have the latest Pinehurst brouhaha over plans to place medical offices in the Village Place area. It seems that while the zoning would have allowed offices in general, medical offices were not allowed there by right, but would have required the council’s approval.
For some time, I have been urged to write about the Pinehurst long-range planning process. It has been hard for me to get too enthused about what has been a fairly typical process.
In changing school attendance zones, the school system has been following a rational process establishing guiding principles of balance, efficiency, planning and community, which raised few objections.
Recently, Pilot editor John Nagy in a column questioned the schools’ request for more funding, thereby leading to another tax increase which might be a bridge too far. This line of reasoning led me to reflect on the modern American conception of taxes.
It is hard to know where to begin this column on school construction. Do I start with the county commissioners’ flip-flop on covering cost increases beyond projections? Do I start with The Pilot’s editorial assigning blame to the school system for its inability to control construction indust…
I recently returned from the state of Victoria in Australia. When I travel, I read newspapers to gain some perspective on how they organize their public affairs.
The Pilot has been carrying a number of articles about Pinehurst’s planning process. Having been through similar efforts during my career, I have been reading the coverage of the public discussion with interest.
Recently there have been a couple of news stories dealing with communities opposed to change in High Falls and the Donald Ross Drive neighborhood in Pinehurst.
Recently The Pilot carried a story about discussions between Aberdeen, Pinehurst and Southern Pines concerning regulation of short-term rentals. An editorial endorsing the effort followed. Why does this interest in initiating regulation exist?
The National Center for Health Statistics reported recently that there was a 2 percent drop in the number of babies born in the United States in the past year. This level marked the lowest level in three decades. The fertility rate also fell, but by a larger 3 percent.
Pilot reader Felice Schillaci recently wrote of his visit to Italy and urged everyone to visit that ancient land so as to enjoy its splendors and contribute to its struggling economy. Ironically, my wife and I have just returned from our own sojourn there.
Mike Keiser, Herb Kohler and Richard Jenrette are names you may or may not recognize. Each of them has had an impact on my life and the lives of many other people and their communities.
A number of recent news stories have painted a disturbing picture about an emerging national and state problem. In the past few months, a number of states have seen teacher walkouts and demonstrations related to low pay.
I have been amazed at the lack of reporting on a monumental change in our political culture. The press is ignoring it while following every tweet storm that arises.
I recently heard presentations on the proposed bond issues for education. Two separate issues are proposed. One would fund a nursing facility at the community college, and the other would fund the replacement of the primary and elementary schools in Aberdeen, Pinehurst and Southern Pines.
Regular Pilot articles detail discussions of the various elected bodies throughout Moore County. At times, these articles go into mind-numbing detail about a myriad of issues.
How often have you driven 2½ hours to go out to dinner? If you are like me, the whole concept would seem pretty far-fetched. That is, until this past weekend when we made the foodie pilgrimage east to Kinston for dinner at Chef and the Farmer.
President Trump has proposed an infrastructure plan. Components of that plan consist of allocating $200 billion of federal funding combined with $1.3 trillion from state, local and private funding sources.
Three weeks ago in the early morning hours, I was reading the Sunday paper when my phone rang. A family member had fallen during the night, and 911 had been called to send emergency medical services.
Reading The Pilot’s recent article about evolving plans for expansion of the Given Memorial Library reminded me of a conversation I had some time ago with Pinehurst Mayor Nancy Fiorillo.
Recently The Pilot reported on a fiscal impact analysis prepared by the village of Pinehurst. This analysis looked at the village’s revenues and expenditures and allocated them to each land-use category to determine the net impact on the village’s budget of each identified land use.
While I was still working as a city manager, I made it a practice to seek out and tour innovative projects wherever I traveled. I was always looking for new ways to make my good community even better.
At the recent start of the new school year, I heard that Moore County Schools had a total of 16 teacher positions that were vacant. This number is equivalent to having an entire elementary school without permanent teachers.
Recent discussions between the Moore County commissioners and the school board reflect either an ignorance of the general statutes and Constitution or an abandonment of the commissioners’ legal responsibilities. Perhaps it is some of both.
Recently there has been much discussion at our local municipal council meetings about whether to approve the sale of alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays rather than the currently allowed 12 p.m. start time.
I see the Pinehurst recall effort and community center reconsideration as symptoms of our local governance system gone awry. Over the years, there has been a growing emphasis on “public participation.”
Robbins and Southern Pines are not usually mentioned in the same sentence in this paper. Now, however, we find both towns grappling with a similar issue and with the same possible solution.
This is written to take exception to the June 28 opinion column by Kyle Sonnenberg, former Southern Pines town manager, in reference to the Southern Pines Pool Park.
I have been reading about the brouhaha in Pinehurst related to The Greens. The saga of the apartment approval and its aftermath have been reported in great detail.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners recently challenged the school system to look for another site for the new elementary school proposed for Camp Easter Road, citing the high cost of utility connections.
Those of us who are not farmers should support our neighboring farmers as they create income for themselves by producing the electricity that we all use.
I recently attended a solar farm information meeting sponsored by the Sandhills Area Land Trust, Green Fields Sandhills, and the Moore County Agricultural Extension Service. Having heard and read about issues related to solar farm development, I wanted to learn more.
Following passage of the HB2 repeal bill, The Pilot opined that “North Carolina is the better for having finally put the HB2 debacle behind it.” I disagree, as the real debacle seems to be an abandonment of two principles of conservative governance.
A bill to eliminate Southern Pines’ ability to assess impact fees on new development has been introduced in the state legislature. The bill’s sponsor says impact fees are unfair to developers.
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