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Asking Questions and Encouraging High Quality Candidates

November 3, 2009
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Vote for your future on Nov. 3rd 2009

As is true of all municipal voters in Granville County during this election cycle, I will be asked to vote for candidates who will have the responsibility to represent me. Those elected will make choices that will impact my future and that of my family. This duty should be the result of much more than a “popularity contest” or “familiarity exercise”. As voters we have the right to demand the highest quality candidates possible. What attributes can we use to measure these individuals? Who can help us to determine one over another?

 Let’s take a look at two words—“quality” and “integrity”. I choose these words because they have significant value for me as a person and a citizen in this country. I consider them “core values” that play a major role in my evaluation process of all candidates running for public office.

 Quality: “The standard of something as measured against other things of similar kind; the degree of excellence of something”. “A distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something”.

 Integrity: “The state of being whole and undivided”. Before attending the recent candidate forums in Oxford and Creedmoor, a list of 15 general questions was drafted. While under no official obligation to respond to these questions, candidates were asked publicly if they would be willing to answer them in writing. Of all the candidates attending both forums, at least 23 individuals either raised their hand in agreement or willingly accepted the written questions on paper. All were given an email address and a deadline date for their individual responses.

The following candidates kept true to their word and handed in their responses: Frank Strickland, Steve Powell, Ron Bullock, William “Bill” Johnston, J. Sue Hinman, Jackie Sergent, David Wicker, Jr., Darryl D. Moss, Otha Piper, Jr., Randy J. Rich, Kevin A. Rumsey, Jack L. Day, and William “Bill” McKellar.

 The variety of answers included everything from 1-sentence responses to 4-page detailed, thoughtful and insightful statements. Certain attributes of “candidate quality” are equally as important as their having held prior elective office or their list of accomplishments produced for a particular segment of our community. The quality of a candidate’s thoughts will frequently shine through the “din” of “political speak” and the “background noise” of trend. The mere fact that these candidates SAID they would respond and DID reflects their integrity. Their “state of being whole and undivided” was revealed. These candidates were given an opportunity to demonstrate their integrity on a very basic level and they took it. No email response, request for clarification, or contact was received from any of those who chose not to respond. Clearly some candidates are “ready for prime time” and others are “works in progress”.

 Our local media outlets (TV, radio, internet and print) have the ongoing responsibility to challenge our candidates and assist us in “raising the bar of quality” during each election cycle. We encourage them to continue in this process.

Sallyann Hobson, Chair GCDP

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Congrats goes to Butner’s Town Clerk

October 29, 2009

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A congratulation is in order for the Town of Butner’s, Town Clerk Dianne White. Dianne received the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (COG) Outstanding  City/County Clerk award for 2009.

She is always ready to help when we have contacted her for information, which we do truly appreciate. It is town staff like Dianne that makes Butner a great place to live, so congrats again Dianne. You deserved it.

Get to know Butner’s Town Council candidate, Mayor Pro Tem Linda Jordan

October 29, 2009

Earlier in the month, contributors from Butner Creedmoor Spin (BCS) contacted current members and candidates running for the office of  Butner Town Council to ask if they would like to take part in our 2009 (non-partisan) Granville County Municipal Election Voter series.

Although, BCS is new to the area and the blogosphere, we are excited about the upcoming Butner Municipal election but most importantly, so are our readers. In fact, it was the positive responses and suggestions from you the community that was the driving force behind the voter project. Just remember, November 3rd 2009 marks the first, historic  Mayoral and Butner Town Council Election for the citizens of our great town.

Over the next two days we will be posting the candidate’s questionnaire along with their responses to our questions today’s featured candidate is a the current Butner Town Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Linda Jordan. As you will find from Ms. Jordan’s thoughtful responses to our questions, she has a strong drive to move the Town of Butner forward, yet keep the best aspects of our community the one’s that give us that small town appeal.

Get to know Butner’s Mayor Pro Tem Linda Russell Jordan in her own words.

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 Why are you seeking the office of Butner Town Council member? 

I am seeking re-election because I care about  the Town of Butner, the children, the citizens and the community which includes the business owners.  I began serving in 2004 as a member of the Butner Advisory Council and was appointed Mayor ProTem in 2007.  My role is to be the voice for the citizens.  Since incorporation, there is a great deal of work to be completed.  I would like to have the opportunity to see these tasks through as well as explore other opportunities for the town.   

Going forward, what do you believe are the most important issues facing Butner? In addition, how will you address those issues?

The most important issues for Butner now are bringing in businesses to help our citizens with employment, addresses issues regarding facilities for the children and elderly and protecting our environment.  Today, we do have citizen input from our surveys regarding parks, walking trails, retirement center, YMCA, ball fields, businesses, etc.  We need to continue to partner with the NC League, Kerr-Terr COG, Triangle North and other resources to assist us in getting grants for some of this.   

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October and November Gardening Task

October 22, 2009

October and November Gardening Task

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Plant hardy spring-flowering bulbs

Plant hardy spring-flowering bulbs

Apples keep well for about six months at temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees F.

A Styrofoam chest or a double cardboard box in a cool mudroom or cellar can approximate root cellar conditions. Remember to give your apples an occasional change of air. Apple cider may be frozen after first pouring off a small amount to allow for expansion.

Store beans in a moisture-proof, airtight container. Beans will stale and toughen over time even when stored properly.

Onions and garlic: mature, dry-skinned bulbs like it cool and dry, so don’t store them with apples or potatoes. French-braided onions and garlic are handy and free to get some ventilation as well.

Brush your root crops clean of any soil and store in a cool, dark place. Never refrigerate potatoes and apples together; the apples give off ethylene gas, which will spoil the potatoes. Clipping the tops of parsnips, carrots, beets, and turnips will keep them fresher longer.

Squash don’t like to be quite as cool as root crops do. If you have a coolish bedroom, stashing them under the bed works well. They like a temperature of about 50 to 65 degrees F.

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Did GOP leader’s stunt backfire?

October 22, 2009

There’s a valuable lesson for both Parties in this article. Simply put; both political Parties should stop playing games with one another and listen to their constituents. Read on…

GOP leader’s stunt plays into Perdue’s hands

A political tip: If you’re going to send something to the governor’s office, you’d better know what’s in it.

Like, say, a check.

Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger showed off a wheelbarrow full of “Conservative Voter Surveys” Tuesday that he said reflected lots of anger and frustration with Democrats.

As Dome noted Wednesday, the survey questions were written to stir up anger and possible Republican campaign contributions. We’re guessing Berger never imagined the governor’s staff would bother to read them. He was wrong.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson, responding to a request from Dome, said she had skimmed about a third of the 3,000 or so surveys. She noted comments written to the Republican Party included:

“I am embarrassed to be associated with this organization. Your tactics are disgusting and you’re going to lose a generation of voters.”

And then there was the check. A staff member found a $50 campaign contribution made out to Berger tucked in the surveys, which were, after all, a fundraising ploy.

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Snakes, Bears and One Heck of a Fair, Oct. 27th-31st

October 21, 2009

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Around these parts of North Carolina in October most folks are “deep fried bound”; translation, they are heading to the NC State Fair in Raleigh. But there’s a lesser known smaller regional fair right on its heels, the Vance County Regional Fair in Henderson and believe it or not this year they are celebrating the Fair’s  “92nd” year in operation.

Starting October 27th running through the 31st (Halloween), gates open at 5 pm, Tuesday – Friday and on Saturday, at 10 am. There will be something for everyone; a bird and poultry exhibit, Agricultural & Heritage exhibits and this year the fair is presenting an all new midway courtesy of North Carolina based Inner Shows. Check out their website for more information, specials and directions to the fairgrounds.

 

Madoff’s luxury and drug-fuelled excess swapped for the lower bunk

October 21, 2009
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Madoff's sporting a new doo

 Bernard Madoff swaps ‘coke-fuelled’ high life for prison pizza

Legal papers reveal spartan life of disgraced US financier who shares cell with mafia boss and convicted spy

Bernard Madoff, the disgraced US financier who carried out one of Wall Street’s biggest-ever frauds, has swapped a life of luxury and drug-fuelled excess for a spartan life in prison where his main companions are a mafia boss and a convicted spy, according to legal papers.

Madoff – who is serving a 150-year sentence for masterminding an elaborate Ponzi scheme, which cost investors around $65bn (£39bn) – has swapped his vast penthouse in New York for the lower bunk of a prison cell, underneath a drug offender, and dines on pizza cooked by a child molester.

The insight into the 71-year-old’s new life comes in papers filed by Joseph Cotchett, a lawyer who is representing about a dozen of Madoff’s thousands of victims. He interviewed Madoff at the Butner federal prison near Raleigh, North Carolina, in July.

According to Cotchett, Madoff’s main leisure activity is taking walks around the prison’s running track at night. Among his companions are Carmine Persico, the convicted boss of the Colombo crime family known in his professional life as “The Snake”, and Jonathan Pollard, jailed for life in 1987 for selling military secrets to Israel.

The lawsuit filed by Cotchett contrasts Madoff’s current existence with details of what the legal papers claim was a pre-prison life awash with cocaine and financed by investors’ cash.

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