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Monday 05/23/2016
Alexander Hamilton's warning to 2016 voters
Updated: May 23, 2016 - 12:49 pm

One may have to go all the way back to the founding of the United States to find a time when the established economic and political order was as threatened politically as Wall Street financiers, party leaders and Washington insiders find themselves today.

Tuesday 05/03/2016
In November, let your silence shout
Posted: May 03, 2016

Part A: If you’re happy with Hillary or tickled with Trump, what follows doesn’t apply to you. Skip to Part B.

Monday 04/25/2016
The Insanity Defense
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 9:27 am

The writer is a senior at Lake Norman High School.

Friday 04/22/2016
Is it too late to get real?
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 9:28 am

Let me concede up-front that I have no insider information to support this scenario. But a work-life spent sorting out why things are the way they are and how to make things turn out for the best makes it seem very improbable that America suddenly and spontaneously discovered that Donald Trump can solve national problems with boasts and insults.

Monday 04/11/2016
Why North Carolina Needs Syringe Exchange
Posted: April 11, 2016

Dirty disease infected syringes and needles are not something that most people think about. It’s generally not a topic that comes up at your average dinner party.

Friday 04/08/2016
Saluting our Bananarepublicanism
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 10:06 am

Our friends offshore are amused and aghast as they watch the great laboratory of democracy reflexively brushing aside experienced, proven statesmen. The Republican party seems to be narrowing its candidate choices to a “thug chic” TV character; a drum-major for an incipient Christian Taliban movement; and, way back in third place, a governor who only governs. We are not amused. What’s Kasick’s gimmick? Somebody get him a unicycle.

Monday 03/28/2016
Grave expectations
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 10:14 am

Around 1942, my dad took his family away from our roots in Winston-Salem and moved us to Charlotte, where he ran the railroad system at the wartime naval ordnance “shell plant.” In Winston-Salem our family had been Methodists but Winston-Salem is best known for its 18th century restored village, “Old Salem.”

Wednesday 03/16/2016
The view from the frog pot
Posted: March 16, 2016

The best-known metaphor for change that’s not perceived until corrective action is no longer possible is the “How-to-Boil-a-Frog” parable. Per the illustration, if a frog is dropped in hot water it will leap out; but if it’s placed gently in a pot of cool water and the heat turned up by imperceptible degrees, the frog will stay in the pot until it succumbs to hyperthermia and croaks—so to speak.

Sunday 02/28/2016
The Nixon-Trump connection
Posted: February 28, 2016

It is hard to imagine two individuals less similar than President Richard Nixon and president-wannabe Donald Trump. However, they have one thing in common that should command our attention and our dread: The end of Nixon and the beginning of Trump may have more to do with TV ratings and ad sales than with government by the people.

Wednesday 02/24/2016
Connect NC bond: An investment in our future
Posted: February 24, 2016

Tim Brewer is president of Mitchell Community college; Phil Dubois is chancellor of UNC Charlotte.

Friday 02/12/2016
Descent into videocracy
Updated: February 12, 2016 - 12:08 pm

In 2009, Swedish-Italian director Erik Gandini made a film, Videocracy, about the harmful effects of Italian television on Italian culture. It dealt largely with media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi, who was able to parlay his wealth and television expertise into four terms as Prime Minister of Italy.

Tuesday 02/09/2016
The narrow-mindedness of Islamophobes
Posted: February 09, 2016

Zohaib Zafar is a junior at Davidson College and from Hudson, Ohio.

Sunday 01/31/2016
Bread and circuses, but especially bread
Posted: January 31, 2016

And it came to pass in the days of Caesar Augustus (63 BC-14 AD) that things in Rome bore an uncanny resemblance to the USA today.

Friday 01/22/2016
Mayor on toll lanes: 'Let's channel our anger into action'
Updated: January 22, 2016 - 2:43 pm

During the January 19 Town Board Meeting, I was placed in the position to make a vote that was a lose-lose one at best. I had to break a tie-vote when the Mooresville Board of Commissioners was divided on how to direct our town’s representative to vote at the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) meeting. Prior to the meeting I shared the following motion with Commissioners asking them to consider adopting:

Tuesday 01/19/2016
Letters to the editor: The readers write...
Posted: January 19, 2016

Pittenger’s vitriolic views are dangerous, unfounded

Monday 01/18/2016
A greener flag, revisited
Posted: January 18, 2016

Last Monday, the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Luncheon. The focus was on the central role that the town’s NASCAR race shops play in our local economy.

Sunday 01/17/2016
The troubling lottery reality
Posted: January 17, 2016

The lottery was in the news nonstop for the last couple of weeks as the Powerball jackpot rose to almost $1.5 billion. There were interviews with people buying tickets and quotes from store clerks selling them and even advice on what to do if you win, though the odds were decidedly against it, roughly one in 300 million.

LETTERS: The readers write
Posted: January 17, 2016

Mayor should self-examine, rather than circle the wagons

Monday 01/04/2016
Time’s a rubber ruler
Posted: January 04, 2016

At this festive season of the year, like our forebears for thousands of years, we celebrate another circumnavigation of the sun by the earth. Long before the invention of the telescope made precise sidereal calculation of the year’s length possible, the 23½ degree tilt of Earth’s axis gave primitive folk a good working approximation.

Monday 12/21/2015
Pollster pottage
Updated: December 21, 2015 - 11:50 am

Probably—unless you’re a chef or a linguist—all you know about “pottage” is that it’s in the Bible and worth a lot less than a birthright. Pottage is pea soup made with lentils. A “birthright” was what decided how estates were handed down before God created lawyers and printer paper.

Wednesday 12/09/2015
OUR VIEW/Brawley’s long shot
Posted: December 09, 2015

Mooresville’s Robert Brawley would probably be the first to say that his candidacy for governor is a long shot.

Monday 12/07/2015
Arms and the man
Updated: December 07, 2015 - 9:34 am

“Arms and the man I sing…” is the opening line of the Roman poet Virgil’s epic poem, The Aeneid. The poem is a tale of two cities, chronicling the mythic end of Troy, the subsequent birth of Rome and the violent Mediterranean voyage that connected those two events.

My first year as sheriff
Updated: December 07, 2015 - 10:07 am

A year ago this past week I was sworn in as the first new sheriff of Iredell County in 20 years.  This week I wanted to look at the accomplishments and share some goals for the future. As any leader can tell you, it’s all about the team of people you surround yourself with and I am no different.  These accomplishments would not have been possible without hardworking people willing to get the job done.

Wednesday 12/02/2015
OUR VIEW: Vandalizing our golf course
Posted: December 02, 2015

We hope the vandals who willfully damaged one of the newly rebuilt greens at the Mooresville Golf Course are soon caught. Their immature act on Nov. 21 or 22 inflicted about $2,000 damage on the 16th green.

Letters to the editor
Posted: December 02, 2015

Parade was far better than its aftermath

Friday 11/20/2015
Tokyo Rose, Axis Sally and me
Posted: November 20, 2015

During World War II, the Germans and Japanese produced radio broadcasts in English, targeting the American armed forces. Popular music was interspersed between patter drafted to dispirit the troops. The on-air personalities delivering the propaganda were known to the troops as “Tokyo Rose” in the Pacific theater and “Axis Sally” in Europe and North Africa.

Monday 11/09/2015
The future’s friends and enemies
Posted: November 09, 2015

It’s amazing to think that it’s been over fifteen years since author-journalist Virginia Postrel wrote The Future and Its Enemies. In it, she describes two opposing worldviews which she names “stacism” and “dynamism.”

Monday 11/02/2015
Our choices for Tuesday
Posted: November 02, 2015

We cannot remember the last time Mooresville saw a contentious school board election. Those are typically quiet, polite and uneventful. Then along came 2015.

LETTERS: What you're saying about the candidates
Updated: November 02, 2015 - 10:18 am

Marsh offers innovation, energy

Wednesday 10/28/2015
LETTER/Election is about fighting for our children
Posted: October 28, 2015

The writer is a candidate for the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education.

Merger’s ugly face
Posted: October 28, 2015

Every four or five years, rumblings emerge from Raleigh about doing away with the state’s 15 “city” school districts – districts that are separate from their county systems. The Mooresville Graded School District is one such district.

Tuesday 10/27/2015
LETTERS: Here's what's on your mind
Posted: October 27, 2015

School board Incumbents deserve to be re-elected

Wednesday 10/21/2015
LETTERS: The readers write...
Posted: October 21, 2015

MGSD board provides a culture of love, nurturing

Monday 10/19/2015
This was one to keep in Vegas
Posted: October 19, 2015

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is one of the most successful ad quips of all time. After seeing the Democrat debates last Tuesday night, one might devoutly wish that Anderson Cooper—with his inappropriately glitzy set and all the distasteful carnival-camp production excess that surrounded this most serious of civic discussions—can stay in Vegas where he blends in.

Wednesday 10/14/2015
LETTERS: From Oct. 14 Tribune
Updated: October 15, 2015 - 9:41 am

MGSD leaders rightfully proud of achievements

Sunday 10/11/2015
LETTERS: Oct. 11
Updated: October 15, 2015 - 9:38 am

School board, district leaders must be ‘all in’ for success

Here’s why MGSD means ‘Every Child Every Day’
Updated: October 15, 2015 - 9:43 am

The writer is superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
MGSD has problems, which I can help fix
Updated: October 15, 2015 - 9:37 am

The writer is one of six candidates for three seats on the MGSD Board of Education on Nov. 3.

LETTER: Marsh is perfect choice for the MGSD board
Updated: October 15, 2015 - 9:37 am

I am writing to endorse Dr. Debbie Marsh, a candidate for the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education.

Monday 09/28/2015
Needed: A 1.1st Amendment
Posted: September 28, 2015

A while back I wrote a column asserting that the voting public was being nosed out of the electoral process like the Arab was nosed out of the tent by the camel in the fable. I suggested that, on examination, literal freedom of the press is a very different thing than the liberty exercised by broadcasters under the First Amendment.

Monday 09/21/2015
At journey’s end, volunteers see new beginning
Updated: September 21, 2015 - 10:37 am

The writer is president of Child Advocates of Iredell and Alexander Counties.

Monday 09/14/2015
Big stuff, little stuff
Posted: September 14, 2015

What’s the difference between a cell phone and a locomotive … commercially? How I wish I’d had the perspective that Harvard business guru Clayton Chistensen brings to that question in his book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, before we Mooresvillians began our quest to midwife hydrail (hydrogen fuel cell railways) into being.

Sunday 09/06/2015
No hurry on the golf course
Updated: September 17, 2015 - 11:37 am

By all accounts, the rebuilt Mooresville Municipal Golf Course will be a showplace. Many of its holes have been completely redesigned and the layout for almost the entire front nine has changed.

Monday 08/24/2015
Beyond The Bridge
Posted: August 24, 2015

Although the full details won’t be published until next spring, it’s now all but certain that there will be one Lake Norman, one day.

Monday 08/10/2015
Finishing Dr. Cotton’s work
Posted: August 10, 2015

It’s been over 11 years since this column started appearing every other week in the Mooresville Tribune. It began with an invitation to try my hand at column-writing, offered in response to a letter to The Tribune written because of one Black American life that wasn’t valued nearly enough. But it matters to me.

Wednesday 08/05/2015
School board criticism misses mark
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 11:08 am

An editorial of the Statesville Record & Landmark

Monday 07/27/2015
The curious process of demand-side innovation
Posted: July 27, 2015

My dad was a railroad safety officer who spoke to groups of men involved in dangerous work. It was dark, dry content so he would open safety meetings with a joke. One of his favorites was about the Boy Scout who took nearly 15 minutes to help an elderly lady across the street—because she really didn’t want to go!

Tuesday 07/21/2015
OUR VIEW/Nonprofits: Free money is waiting
Posted: July 21, 2015

Want free money? It’s ready and waiting for schools and nonprofits in Iredell and northern Mecklenburg counties.

Monday 06/29/2015
Hydrail Noon
Posted: June 29, 2015

Will Kane, the U.S. Marshal played by Gary Cooper in the classic 1952 film, “High Noon,” should have lived in Mooresville. On May 15, I learned I had a problem which, though not lethal like Kane’s, was daunting enough to give me the shakes.

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