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A proposed partnership between the Moore County Airport and Sandhills Community College to develop a program of study that would utilize existing assets for flight training instruction and other aeronautical skills has all the elements of a success waiting to happen.

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Call it turning defeat into victory, or call it making lemonade out of lemons. The sales tax failure in the recent election needs to form a basis for new and more open thinking in Moore County.

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Just about a year ago, I wrote, under the headline “Moore May Need To Hold Another Summit Session,” that broadly attended meetings would reignite countywide cooperation. I urged leadership to start right away with an eye to the U.S. Open golf tournaments. The message was a dud.

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The Moore County Board of Education should announce its intention to postpone any request to the commissioners for a school construction bond referendum until such time as a clear-cut case can be presented to the public for a use of bond proceeds.

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Important decisions in a democratic society are determined by a majority vote of the eligible members of that society. The vote total is a blending of the opinions of many people, and the opinions are not carbon copies of each other.

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Nowhere is the ideal of government by the people more evident than at the local elected level. The very fiber of America is the millions of volunteer politicians who dedicate time and energy to local office holding.

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Taxpayers have to give the Nick Picerno-led Board of Commissioners an “A” for the 2013 county financial report and a resounding cheer of “well done” for efficient government.

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Last month, I was very disappointed to see the Moore County commissioners turn their backs on a previously stated intention to support economic development with some public funding.

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Early education is experience-driven. The newborn cries for a ration of food, to report sickness, or just for attention. The child learns to talk by imitating those around him. Society with all its wisdom will now provide a path to formal education for the youngster.

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Robert Hayter takes pride in the completed 2013 Land Use Plan compiled by a 25-person citizen’s committee that he chaired. The Moore County Land Use Plan Steering Committee has produced an 89-page document, full of statistical data, titled “Our Land, Our Home,” available on the county websit…

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Recently I walked over to three local elected officials who were talking after a meeting. Despite what my parents had taught me, I politely but rudely interrupted their conversation and barked like an unhappy dog that couldn’t catch the moving car.

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Moore County will be on stage for all to see. Those who enjoy a memorable experience will tell others back home. Writers will reflect on the Carolina countryside, our local villages and a lifestyle without so many honking automobile horns.

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Let’s be clear that the term “investment” for the purposes of this discussion is very different from the Washington-invented meaning that is designed to put a smiley face on more staff and bigger overhead. No, we mean bricks and mortar for modern schools.

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Ever since Mother Nature turned off the rainfall in 2002, we have been conscious of drought in Moore County. Emergency water restrictions — on and off since then — have led to inconvenient consumption bans. Public officials, business operators and residents have studied, restudied and beat the facts into a pulp discussing water needs and additional sources necessary for growth.