Support all 4 bonds
At its meeting last week, the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau board passed a resolution supporting all four bonds on the ballot for Durham County in the fall election.
If you are a Durham County resident, when you vote, you have the option to vote for the bond referendums totaling $170 million supporting Durham Public Schools, the Durham County Library, Durham Technical Community College and the Museum of Life and Science.
The board’s support of the Museum of Life and Science bond will not be a surprise to anyone. Expanded parking, a new parking deck, exhibit and facility improvements, as well as upgraded technology all seek to enhance the visitor experience in important ways.
The library bond, the public schools bond and the community college bonds are also important because they invest in education of our youth and help contribute to students and residents being “job ready.” This is something that has been getting increasingly more attention because when our hospitality businesses (particularly hotels and restaurants) expand, so does the need for a full complement of qualified individuals to fill these available jobs.
You can read the board’s full resolution at http://nando.com/483
CEO and president, DCVB
Readers remember Luebke
The passing of longtime Durham legislator Paul Luebke drew an outpouring of tributes, including
George Lawrence: I was saddened to learn of the death of Paul Luebke, a 25-year veteran Democrat of the N.C. House, a proud Durham resident and a good friend of mine. Paul was an eccentric – in all the best ways – and it was a large part of his charm. Not a few political adversaries considered him a prickly pear. But I know, for a fact, they also respected his principled and honest way of living.
Bruce Lightner: I got to know Rep. Luebke when we were trying to get the Martin Luther King Holiday passed in the General Assembly many years ago. He was always forthright and engaging, and I shall always be grateful for his candor and advice. Overall, a real good man.
Jane Pinsky: Paul Luebke’s death is a big loss for the people of North Carolina. He has been a tireless advocate for education, health care, social justice, the environment, workers’ rights, and the right sof al Norht Carolinians who were forgotten or underserved. I am proud to have known him.
Frances Foster: Paul was one of my sociology profs at UNC in the ’70s. His class was one of the most interesting I attended, and I never missed a chance to learn from this man. He has since served our state in a noble and dedicated manner, and I am so honored to have known him.
Ronald Penny: I first met Paul in his office at UNC-Greensboro. His knowledge helped us to win one of the longest voting rights cases in the history of North Carolina. I still use his quotes for in plain bold language he pointed out the vestiges of discrimination that still existed in our city. His moral compass was always pointed to equity. He used his knowledge to change North Carolina for the better. His courage to stand for right in the face of scorn by those seeking to gore the ox of the poor was unmatched. We will miss you, Paul.
Lee Mortimer: I helped in Paul’s first campaign for state House in 1990. We met in 1977. As one of the founders of the People’s Alliance, he thought the story of my being fired from a newspaper job in High Point might make a good story for the PA’s newsletter. We had a continuing association over the years on several local and legislative issues. Paul was a tireless and dedicated public servant and will be deeply missed by all who knew and admired him.
Dale Folwell: I arrived in the General Assembly in 2005 and was blessed to have learned a tremendous amount from Paul about how to analyze “unintended consequences” of everything. Like a few others that I served with, we were political opposites but had a mutual desire to go as many rungs up the ladder on any one subject as possible. Often times, due to his wonderful traits, we would get further than ever imagined. A tremendous intellectual loss to me and our state. Godspeed my friend!
Keith Williams: I met Paul when we served in the House together. I used to joke that if Paul spoke for something, then I would vote against it! Paul and I were polar opposites politically, but we respected each other’s points of view – something that our country needs desperately right now. I am saddened to hear of his passing.
Geoffrey Wyckoff: I worked with the North Carolina People’s Alliance, originally the People’s Alliance for a Cooperative Commonwealth (harkening to its populist roots), from 1975 until I moved back to my home state of New Jersey in 1988. I met Paul at the founding meeting of the People’s Alliance at the home of Harry Boyt and Sarah Evans in Chapel Hill. From that day forward, Paul was my friend and political mentor. I was a worker and an organizer, but I was very content to learn from Paul and to follow his guidance in deciding political and policy issues. I saw the tremendous work he did for his book, “Tar Heel Politics,” and I was thrilled when he was elected to political office himself. I am very saddened by his loss.
What tax cuts?
I just learned my contributions to my seven grandchildren’s college savings plans are no longer deductible on my state income taxes. This is shamefully anti-middle-class.
How can Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans get away boasting about small income tax cuts when they gouge us with 67 other tax increases, most of which are regressive?
Voting Libertarian not a waste
Because Gary Johnson will not win, some argue that voting Libertarian is a “wasted vote.” I disagree.
Voting Libertarian is a protest vote against both major parties.
No matter which of their flawed candidates prevails, one can register disgust with our “choices” by voting Libertarian. If enough do so, the winner will be less able to claim a “mandate.”
By voting Libertarian the voter knows what policies the party stands for, namely, a fiscally conservative and socially liberal platform. According to polls, many Americans, especially independents and millennials, favor such policies.
With Trump as nominee, what does the Republican Party stand for: the rule of law or the rule of Donald Trump? Which Hillary Clinton will you vote for, the one cozy with Wall Street or the one who wants to soak the rich?
Both candidates practice crony capitalism, from different sides of the government-business divide.
A Libertarian vote helps guarantee a place for the party on the ballot going forward. It is a step toward breaking up the two-party shared monopoly that has given us Trump and Clinton.
Finally, when it is all over, whoever is elected president, a voter can say, “Don’t blame me, I voted Libertarian.”
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