Archive - Perspectives
March 13th, 2012
For the past several installments of Newton's annual Soldiers Reunion parade, the assembled crowds of people went wild about the time The Observer News Enterprise staff passed in our golf carts.
It wasn't necessarily because the audience was excited to see the folks who work at Catawba County's community newspaper. No, the shouts and cheers were inspired by the parade entry directly behind us; by a person who is probably the most recognizable citizen of this county: National Gourd Lady Margaret "Sparky" Sparkman.
WASHINGTON â Mitt Romney ignored the most significant expansion of trade ties in nearly two decades when he accused the Obama administration Monday night of doing nothing to open new markets. Rick Santorum claimed to be taking purely the high road in campaign ads even as a new one from him veered from that path.
Newt Gingrich mischaracterized the Chilean retirement system that he favors as a partial model for the United States, declaring that the system of private accounts is voluntary when it's not.
December 30th, 2011
Mitt Romney announced the support of North Carolina U.S. Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday night.
âI am honored to have Senator Burrâs support,â said Romney. âSenator Burr has been a consistent conservative who is committed to lowering taxes, abolishing unnecessary regulations, and restoring our nationâs fiscal health. With his help, I look forward to bringing my message of a âSimpler, Smaller, and Smarterâ federal government to voters in North Carolina and across the nation.â
Congressional candidate Ken Fortenberry today called on U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry to quit protecting his corrupt colleagues and immediately cosponsor legislation that would prohibit insider trading of securities by members and employees of Congress.
âItâs time for Mr. McHenry to end his silence on this important issue and to start doing the right thing for the people he represents,â said Fortenberry, the congressmanâs Republican opponent in next Mayâs primary. âThe politicians in Washington continue to get the gold mine while the people get the shaft.
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs, issued the following statement in reaction to the failed negotiations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:
WASHINGTON â Mitt Romney's claim that President Barack Obama "gave GM" to the United Auto Workers stood as one of the overstatements of the night Wednesday when Republican presidential candidates grappled with the economy in their latest debate. Several drifted from reality too in portraying regulations as a killer of jobs, if not the country itself.
A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts:
ROMNEY: President Barack Obama "gave GM to UAW, he gave Chrysler to Fiat."
THE FACTS: That's not what happened in the bailout.
RALEIGH â North Carolina residents are evenly divided in how they feel about the anti-Wall Street protest movement and the Tea Party that preceded it catering to Americans angry about the country's business and government institutions, a statewide poll released Monday found.
The Elon University Poll finds respondents familiar with Occupy Wall Street are split, with 45 percent holding an unfavorable opinion and the same number expressing support. The poll does not measure eligible or likely voters, but takes a snapshot of general public opinion.
RALEIGH â A statewide poll finds virtually no change in North Carolina residents' opinions seven months ahead of an election that would amend the constitution to ban same-sex unions.
An Elon University poll released Monday presents public opinion in North Carolina as consistent since February. Fifty-seven percent oppose changing the state constitution to permanently bar same-sex couples from marriage rights, a figure almost identical to Elon poll results in September and February.
The General Assembly voted in September to hold a referendum on the constitutional amendment next May.
I immediately recognized the jury summons mixed in with a load of other junk a letter carrier delivered to the Willard home in August.
I've seen plenty of these yellow summons sheets from Catawba County Superior Court Clerk Al Jean Bogle. It seems employees of The O-N-E make monthly trips to my office with the form in hand and hoping I will help free them from the obligation.
Yes, I have written a few jury duty "excuse" letters for the folks at The O-N-E.
Sometime about 1990 was the last time I was bored.
Itâs actually one of the earliest moments I remember from my life. Sitting in my childhood room, I remember saying to myself, âThereâs nothing in here and nothing to do.â
Then life happened.
Action figures, baseball cards and clothes started to flow into that square living space. Then school ushered in returned homework assignments, reports and projects. Art classes created framed drawings, and basketball teams merited participation trophies.