Front-page news in today’s N&R—- Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins has a torn tendon in his ankle that will require surgery.
The angle here is Perkins was once a world-class runner who still burns a pace at age 56. As a runner who once burned a just-over seven-minute-mile, I salute Perkins’ speedy finishes in recent local races. Following surgery, however, Perkins will be off the road for 9-10 months concedes he “will need to settle and do a little more of a pedestrian running pace.”
But earlier this week Perkins lost considerable momentum in another race —the one to get a bond for a downtown performing arts center on the November ballot:
The delay has to be seen as a big defeat for Perkins. He launched the quest for the performing arts center and even had his former campaign manager, Ross Harris, hired on to manage the task force. He has also repeatedly pushed for the bond to be put on the ballot in November, which was the reason for the current schedule.
….In the end, the votes were not there to put the bond on the ballot, so the spring is an obvious fallback position. But by spring Perkins may have another way to save the world that has to be done immediately.
That last sentence seems to reinforce my prediction earlier this week that this is going to die a quiet death. As I noted at the time, we could be living in a whole new world come spring. At I least I hope.Read full article » No Comments »
At last night’s meeting, Guilford County Commissioner Kirk Perkins —good for him —- made a motion to fire County Manager Brenda Jones Fox, who is being investigated by the IRS and FBI for shady land deals the county has made under her watch.
Perkins’ motion to fire ‘visibly stunned’ some of his fellow commissioners. Really?
Excellent comment beneath the N&R write-up, considering the fact that we’re always so worried what others think of us here in G’boro:
From an economic development perspective, why would any company consider relocating or establishing new business in Guilford County? Once they see/read about Fox and (Commission Chairman Skip) Alston’s continued blind support of her activities, these prospective companies should question why they would place their resources and human capital in a county which has questionable management of the taxpayers, theirs and their employees, money.
What’s the point of doing business here when it’s clear the county manager’s buddies are first in line?Read full article » 2 Comments »
Citing policy that limits county debt to no more than 15 percent:
Commissioner Debra Conrad, who led the effort to put in the 15 percent debt cap, said school board members are clearly not thinking along the same lines as the county.
“They are coming out with this request that is just totally on another planet from where we are,” Conrad said.
Imagine that.Read full article » 1 Comment »
Appearing in today’s N&R— Cal Thomas on President Obama:
Those “cannibals” who recently turned up in Miami aren’t the only people eating their own. Following President Obama’s 54-minute snoozer of a speech in Ohio last week, even his “friends” are beginning to feed on him.
…Boring was one of the kinder things said about Obama’s speech, which rivaled Bill Clinton’s address to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Clinton’s speech was so boring he received his loudest applause when he stopped talking.
…On liberal MSNBC, Jonathan Alter called Obama’s Ohio speech, “one of the worst speeches I’ve ever heard Barack Obama make.” That network’s Mike O’Brien tweeted before the speech was over, begging the president to stop. ABC News reporter Devin Dwyer tweeted that the speech was “more lecture or courtroom arg than rally.”
Needless to say Bill O’Reilly wasn’t impressed either, calling the president’s press conference at the G20 summit one of the boring he’s seen in his 37 years in the news business. Not on;y was the president boring, but he appeared clueless about the economic situation in Europe, which was my gut reaction when watching the press conference. Not claiming to know any more or any less —- I was just looking for insight from the leader of the free world, and I got nothing.