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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.

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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…

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Moore County Partners in Progress recently unveiled its 2020 Economic Development Action Plan before a large assembly of local private and public sector leaders.

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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.

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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.

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Recently there have been many stories in the press about efforts across the country to lure the new headquarters for Amazon.

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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.

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I recently read a study titled “School Boards and Student Segregation,” published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.