Monthly Archives: March 2004

It wasn’t a done deal after all

The City of Greensboro has been reticent to hire additional police officers for several years because of the associated costs to its citizens.  Here are the true costs of not doing so.  Out of America’s 100 largest metros, the Triad ranks 39th worst for crime.  This ranking puts us behind many metros that “common wisdom” says are [...]

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It wasn’t a done deal after all

Attorney Henry Isaacson is as much a fixture at Greensboro City Council meetings as Boy Scout troops working on the civics badge.   He hates to lose in front of City Council, as a matter of fact I don’t recall that he ever has – but I may be mistaken on that point.  Henry is very [...]

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Big guns going after big money

I am sure that former mayor and Bryan Foundation head Jim Melvin is relieved to be promoting something that NO ONE objects to (that I have heard).  Perhaps there is no dissention because the proposed Elon School of Law removes nothing of the community’s existing fabric… it only adds. If I was needing to raise [...]

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Brother to brother

Today is the 6th anniversary of an event that deeply affected my entire family’s life. Many of you know my brother Keith and his family: wife Chris, son Zack and beautiful daughter Kellie.  Or perhaps you know only Keith through keeping up with this blog because I refer to him often as he “feeds me stuff” [...]

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Decisions, decisions

I’m not pleased with myself.  During tonight’s Parks & Rec Commission I raised objections to the wording of the final recommendations for the future useage of War Memorial, but in the end, the best I could muster was to not cast a vote.  I didn’t vote for it, I didn’t vote against it – I just [...]

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P(r)etty Pictures

Got a call from a photographer friend and neighbor of mine a couple of weeks ago who was hired to shoot some pictures for an ad campaign.  The session was in need of some 13-14 year-old guys as subjects and he asked if my son Jackson might be interested along with some of his friends.  [...]

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And another thing…

From an email exchange I have been having with a member of City Council over the witholding of the Sutton-Kennerly report: He/she: “If the venue was unsafe, Butch Simmons would have shut it down…. Now, to the bottom line–why spend time arguing about the structural report?  Memorial Stadium will be maintained for what it is [...]

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And another thing…

Picking up on Ed Cone’s post about the upcoming demise of the NEW Burlington Headquarters, here is what is left of the OLD Burlington Headquarters. Wilbur Ross had an opinion on the  the building back in August, 03: “What strikes us is: It’s a very interesting building and it’s of historic significance locally.” Doesn’t matter… [...]

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And another thing…

The Sutton-Kennerly report assessing the condition of War Memorial Stadium back in June ’03 identified potential safety issues with the stadium’s structure that are just now being addressed.  “… We believe that the present strength of the stadium is reduced below the original design and the factor of safety of the structure in its present [...]

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WMD for WMS

The more I stew over the City’s admitted decision to withhold information on the structural condition of War Memorial Stadium in advance of the October referendum, the more enraged I become… the discovery of this information mirrors a larger national debate, but here in Greensboro it’s seen as business as usual. The Sutton-Kennerly report (pdf [...]

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