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Pinehurst 2011: Howard and …… JOAN??????????

Yes, like many Moore Countians, I had to do a double take at that picture in the Sunday edition of The Pilot (of course, after wiping up the mouthful of coffee I spit out in shock).  There was an ad in the paper claiming that…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Economy Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Village govt speaks up on ‘deficit spending’ claim

  Charges of deficit spending by village leaders have arisen in the current campaign for mayor and village council.  Sensitive to the charge, the professional staff at Village Hall has released a statement addressing the accusation: The Village of Pinehurst’s annual budget is developed in…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: More village govt numbers

I got my hands on the financials for village government, as of June 30 2011.  Click here to see them for yourself.  The package includes some gems like: The total dollar value of new home construction in the village has dropped like a rock since…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst govt by the numbers

  There’s been  a lot of talk about village government finances during this year’s campaign for village government offices.  I thought it might be interesting to compare some of the political rhetoric to the reality of black-and-white, independent facts. The village has an independent audit…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: The Return of NewCore

    The elections for local village offices will be here soon.  Two candidates,  Nancy Fiorillo for mayor and John Cashion for council, have publicly endorsed the idea of  pushing forward with the NewCore proposal, while protecting downtown’s historical status.  It’s been a while since…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Candidate Forum Follies

    The League of Women Voters held a forum this week for ALL EIGHT candidates for Pinehurst village offices.  It was quite  dog-and-pony show.  It was a dream for candidates — a lot of participants, not much time,  time limited responses, and prearranged questions….

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Council meetings

    Why does the village council insist on meeting at times during the week when most people under 65 are working, and are unable to attend?  Southern Pines has their meetings at night. Why can’t Pinehurst? Are the geriatrics on the board scared that…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: Mayoral ‘qualifications’

Don’t you just love the empty buzzwords and catchphrases political candidates use in their ads? As an example, let’s look at the campaign of Pinehurst mayoral wannabe Joan Thurman.  Her ad, on the front page of The Pilot’s web site says she is a “long…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Pinehurst 2011: The Police Department

  I’ve always been a huge booster of law enforcement.  I have a lot of friends who put on badges and strap on their holsters to go to work every day.  That’s what makes it hard to write something critical about the Village of Pinehurst’s…

Posted in Campaign 2011 Moore County Politics

Campaign 2011: Inside The Pilot’s endorsement deliberations

  Yes, Moore County.  Our thrice-weekly Pulitzer Prize winning local newspaper is in the midst of preparing its endorsements for the municipal elections in November.  The paper’s editorial staff has been conducting private interviews with each candidate. (It is interesting that the endorsements are already…