by Capt. Craig Price Fish On! I' ve been struggling with how to get a point across to inconsiderate fishermen. Then it occurred to me that maybe I can wrap the message up in some good news, and it won’t sound quite so bad. First the good news. The Lake Norman hybrid striped bass bite has… read more about Be considerate of other anglers
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F irst, say that headline to yourself, but do it with your best villainous cartoon character accent. Now, picture yourself as me sitting in Davidson Town Hall and being asked that question a few weeks ago by town staff – minus the “Mr. Short” part, of course. We’re on a first name basis around… read more about 'What is your agenda, Mr. Short?'
In response to ‘forced charity’ Eric Rowell wrote recently about the “forced charity” present in the town’s upcoming budget cycle, and as a recent addition to the Ada Jenkins Center board, I wanted to take a moment to respond. There is currently $15,000 earmarked for the Town of Huntersville… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 5/27
T he proposed Huntersville budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is now available on the finance page at the town’s website for review. I would encourage Huntersville residents to read over the budget in its entirety so you can learn more about how your local government is funded and how those funds are… read more about Huntersville government continues to grow
An open letter to Matthews mayor Dear Mr. Jim Taylor, Nixing Interstate-77 will not take a big toll on North Carolina, especially not the Lake Norman area. We are intelligent people, and, maybe, we were fooled once, but we will not be fooled again by the smoke and mirrors that you and the… read more about Letters to the Editor – Week of 5/20
I f you’ve ever traveled across Davidson’s east side, you are probably familiar with Davidson-Concord Road, or what could more accurately be described as the “Davidson-Concord Road Speedway.” The stretch of that road from N.C. 73 all the way up to the roundabout at Rocky River has become more… read more about Time to slow the Davidson-Concord Speedway
C ornelius elected officials have a well-earned reputation for being a fairly conservative bunch. Among similarly sized communities, the town has long had one of the lowest municipal property tax rates in the state. At the same time, it provides high-quality services. That’s an indication of… read more about Cornelius left of Davidson on property rights?
I f any readers are inclined to think my purpose in writing is to further my political aspirations, this column should put such notions to rest. The Huntersville fiscal year 2016-17 budget is currently being prepared, so if you’re a Huntersville resident you still have an opportunity to… read more about Forced charity isn't charitable
O n March 22, when Davidson Board members discussed possibly funding a broad list of spending projects, a proverbial elephant in the room loomed over the discussions. That elephant was MI-Connection – the town owned cable company operated with Mooresville. Actually, no, not an elephant. The… read more about MI-Connection looms over debt discussions
T hose who closely watch activities at Davidson Town Hall may experience a strange feeling of déjà vu at the upcoming town hall meeting, where the new West Branch neighborhood on Davidson-Concord Road may be discussed. For the second time, when the project does come up, Davidson Commissioner Brian… read more about Expecting déjà vu at Davidson Town Hall
Bigotry in Raleigh is what’s repulsive The recent passage of House Bill 2 is disturbing to many who understand the reality of the nondiscrimination ordinance. This bill perpetuated an idea that this bill would protect our daughters from having to use the same bathroom as a man, even if that man… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 4/1
T he answer to that question is pretty short. It’s “because they could.” This is not a column about the merits of the General Assembly’s action last week in passing HB2 in special session to invalidate Charlotte’s so-called “bathroom ordinance.” Neither is it a column about the merits of the… read more about Why NCGA invalidated the bathroom ordinance
N o, the Herald hasn’t asked me to start writing jokes instead of an opinion column (although some readers would argue that’s a distinction without a difference). But, extreme measures are often needed to get most residents to read an article about the Lake Norman Transportation Commission that… read more about Donald Trump and the LNTC walk into a bar…
Time for GOP to make up I have registered as a Republican since I was old enough to vote (then, it was at 21 years old). Before then, for three years, I volunteered for many Republican elections, giving literature out at the polls, calls, even helping with Richard Nixon’s visit to… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 3/25
I t’s March Madness once again, and yes, this week we’re talking about the traditional March Madness of college basketball, not our current round of high-stakes elections. For this cord cutter who ditched cable just more than a year ago, this tournament season brings some added anxiety. Last… read more about A cord-cutter's March Madness trepidation
by Capt. Craig Price Fish On! A recent N.C. Wildlife Federation newsletter contained a calendar entry noting that on or around March 31 each year, whip-poor-wills and chuck-will’s widows begin calling across our state. Reading this note reminded me of one of my favorite fishing adages –… read more about When the whip-poor-will sings and azaleas bloom
I t seems like it was just yesterday that anti-toll activists were basking in the glory of victories at the ballot box, but that was actually four whole months ago. A lot can happen in that amount of time, and when it comes to the controversy surrounding the plan for High Occupancy Toll (HOT)… read more about I-77 dominates local elections ... again
Officials didn’t lower taxes I have been reading the Herald and campaign letters, postcards and speeches from the local politicians for this election. From Pat McCrory to Charlie Jeter, the same lines are given – or should I say, the same lies are given – “we lowered your taxes.” N.C. State… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 3/11
I f you are going to have a good year in politics, have it in a year that ends in a zero. That’s an axiom Republicans in North Carolina have been benefiting from since the 2010 Tea Party-fueled election and the subsequent redistricting required after the decennial census. The axiom holds true… read more about Redistricting chickens come home to roost
F ew shows in the history of television have ingrained more anecdotes and sayings into our psyche than “Seinfeld.” The long-running comedy ended its reign over primetime nearly 18 years ago, but to this day, on a regular basis one comes across situations that bring reminders of the show that was… read more about Honesty is always the best policy
LNTC did nothing for Huntersville Recently, our Huntersville Town Board voted to “divorce” itself from the Lake Norman Transportation Commission. This is a big deal – especially since this commission does nothing for the people of Huntersville. This body was formed to help with regional… read more about Letters to the Editor – Week of 2/26
T his week, the Town of Davidson relaunched its sales pitch for the so-called Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study. That’s the effort to study/plan/propose redevelopment of roughly 3.5 acres of town-owned land surrounding and including Davidson Town Hall. The renewed effort to sell this to… read more about Davidson revisiting Catalyst Project study
The meat-free diet of Lent This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of… read more about Letter to the Editor – Week of 2/12
There are lots of sayings in the rough and tumble game of running for public office. One of them is “money is the mother’s milk of politics.” With last Friday’s deadline for submitting campaign finance reports now in the rear view mirror, we get the first glimpse at how candidates are doing in… read more about Candidates flying together this election cycle
HFFA is a good investment A recent column referred to Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics as a “gym.” It’s much more than that. It has an extensive number of services for children, including a Summer Camp, ChildWatch, PreSchool, and AfterSchool programs. Kids and their parents love using… read more about Letters to the Editor – Week of 2/5
by Capt. Caig Price Fish On! I n late fall 2015, observant anglers may have noticed orange buoys along the banks of local lakes including Lake Norman. The buoys were marked “do not disturb, property of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.” I spoke to Lawrence Dorsey, a biologist and… read more about States conducts crappie survey