Sift through the numbers if you like. No surprise that the cost of gov’t is high among the most populous counties, including Guilford and Forsyth. But here’s the bottom line:
What is the proper role of local government? What are essential services, and what are unnecessary frills? North Carolina’s families must face those kinds of questions every day in determining what are the essential expenses and unnecessary frills for their own households. Most people would probably agree that local government’s core services are fire, police, and sanitation. But would they agree that core services also include taxpayers’ subsidies to golf courses, convention centers, whitewater parks, and even restaurants? Especially in times of economic recession, these questions become even more important.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how we do business here in G’boro —-$200k for a downtown Mexican restaurant while the City Council struggles with cost savings on municipal waste it ships to another county with gas prices soaring. Meanwhile, a landfill with many years capacity sits underused.Read full article » 1 Comment »
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education is grappling with the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, reviewing a handful of policies “meant to increase parental involvement and lump the pledge in with other First Amendment issues that come up at school.”
The Journal reports:
The newest proposal would encourage principals to consult with parents when students don’t want to say the pledge. It would treat a refusal to say the pledge like a number of other potential First Amendment issues, including student dress. If a student feels his or her rights are violated, he or she would ask the principal for an exemption.
The principal could grant it, deny it or call the student’s parents and let them make the decision.
I think I’d rather the see the schools just do away with the Pledge rather than spend time dealing with ‘policy issues’ related to it.Read full article » 3 Comments »