I’d fight, too.

I’d do the same thing if I were Dennis Quaintance and Mike Weaver…. and then some.

If a bunch of influential people got together, with the assistance of  government, and were looking to start a company that will be in direct competition with my niche-market, self-financed and struggling-in-this-economy window restoration business – I’d be doing a lot more than just asking for the information that got the upstarts – who know little to nothing about the window restoration business – to the brink of becoming my direct competitor.

At a minimum I’d be planning a march on the buildings that house the governments who are enabling the threat to my company’s future and the livelihood of all of the people who work for me.

Quaintance and Weaver’s inquiry, as with all of the other inquiring that has been going on for weeks, has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with governmental accountability, project viability and fairness to the privately owned entrepreneurial  entities that could very well lose a lot of business if this thing goes off as planned.

And lastly, as today’s N&R article so clearly points out: any insinuation that Mike Weaver is motivated by racism in trying to slow this thing down is ludicrous.  Sadly, though, such insinuations are par for Greensboro’s course.

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  1. Posted January 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    What I find most appalling of the N&R article is the almost-threat leveled by Alston to Mike Weaver (a truly good guy who has done amazing things for Greensboro and was one of the FIRST pro-integrationists [is that a word?] in this area). Mike and Dennis are asking for public documents – every citizen’s right. You nailed this – I’d do the same thing, too, if my private business were challenged by a government subsidized one. “Fiasco” is too nice a word for what’s happened with this hotel mess. Alston’s (and apparently Hayes) first reaction is to pull out the race card? Unbelievable, especially in THIS situation. He’s pointing an empty gun at good guys and he’s picked a really stupid time to pull it out.

  2. Jerry Bledsoe
    Posted January 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Forgive me, David, but curiosity has gotten the better of me. I’m wondering how you can be certain that Mike Weaver is not racially motivated. I recall that by using your breath to fog your mirror, you were able to determine that David Wray didn’t like black people. Did you consult your mirror on Mike? Could you fog it? Or did the previous fogging only occur during your private session with Mitch and involve no mirror, only your brain?

  3. Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Touche’, Jerry. An elephant’s skills of recollection have nothing on you.

    Actually, if you will look at the time-line, the mirror-fogging incident to which you refer occurred quite some time before my private session with Mitch Johnson.

    I arrived at my indictment of Wray following a read of a now discredited (thanks in no small measure to you) reporting of Wray’s proclivity to invite only his white upper staff to – I believe it was – monthly meetings at the K&W. I have since recanted my knee-jerk statement and shall apologize to David Wray in person should the chance arrive.

    As for Weaver (as it should have been for me with Wray), I have learned to look at the totality of a man’s history – and chiefly his actions – before passing judgment on the character of his soul and not depend upon newspaper borne smoke, and yes, mirrors for the information required for such an important task. Mike Weaver passes the mirror-fogging test by all accounting.

    Growing wise takes time, reflection and learning hard lessons from experience. I’m getting there. How’s all of that going for you?

  4. Posted January 25, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    David, you are a real man’s man.

  5. Jerry Bledsoe
    Posted January 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Roch. Thanks, David. Couldn’t resist.

  6. Posted January 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I understand, Jerry. “Feet to the fire…” and all that.

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