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By Robert Pittenger Guest editorial We all know strong students who want to go to college, get good-paying jobs and build flourishing, independent lives for themselves and their families. On May 23, I joined House Republicans in passing a long-term solution for the Federal Stafford Loans… read more about Pittenger: Democrats hamper financial aid plan
Mrs. Sarah McAuley Town of Huntersville, My name is William Rakatansky and I am a former Cornelius Town Commissioner who served the Town from 1993 to 1995. My single term was a result of a decision I made not to campaign for re-election because my job at that time was getting more intrusive… read more about Letter to the Editor: MUMPO vote
Dear Commissioner McAulay, The Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MUMPO) Public Involvement Plan states that MUMPO is “committed to meaningful public involvement in the regional transportation planning process. MUMPO believes public participation is not a simple “add on” or… read more about Citizen calls for commissioner resignation
This entire Cornelius Update is focused on the critical I-77 Toll Lanes issue - arguably the most important question currently facing North Meck and one that will fundamentally impact our daily experience and quality of life for several decades to come. Public frustration levels on this issue are… read more about Letter to the Editor: Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy on toll lanes
Those of us engaged in the battle against High Occupancy Toll lanes on Interstate 77 have learned a lot about how our roads are funded and why north Mecklenburg and south Iredell are faced with such a terrible “non-solution” as the I-77 HOT lanes. We have found that the biggest barrier to building… read more about Letter to the editor: Rural vs. urban and HOT Lanes
– A moment from Anna Caffrey I attended a Christmas dinner dance with a good friend, but an unfamiliar group. It was the holidays and I had a new dress, so I decided to go. My friend introduced me to people as soon as we arrived, but my attention was immediately drawn to a distinguished… read more about Ballard's Column: Woman recalls her most enchanted evening
Auto club opposes motorcycle helmet bill Editor, On May 8, the House Judiciary B Committee adjourned without taking a vote on House Bill 109, which would eliminate North Carolina's mandatory motorcycle helmet law. AAA Carolinas is strongly opposed to any changes in the state's current… read more about Letter to the editor: motorcycle helmet bill
Cornelius’ I-77 vote was the wrong decision Editor, I am William Rakatansky, a former Cornelius Town Commissioner (1993-1995), and I would like to express my thoughts on Monday nights' divided (3-2) vote by the Cornelius Town Board to support the proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes and… read more about Letter to the editor: Cornelius' vote on toll roads
By Bill Russell Last week, I was speaking to a chamber member who had called me from his car in a rural area of South Carolina. While we did not experience the familiar “dropped call,” our reception was poor and he said he would have to call me back when he reached the city. Each week… read more about N.C. needs wireless tech to gain advantage
A moment from Lilieth A. Rigdon My interest was piqued when I saw an invitation in the neighborhood newspaper for seniors to play badminton at the local recreation center. There were no fees, no forms to complete and free use of the facilities was offered. I was interested in investigating this,… read more about Local lady jumps right in
If anyone in the Charlotte area has a TV, you probably heard the story of “raising the minimum wage.” Which is a joke. Let’s look on the reason why this is going to be proposed. It is because people can’t afford the basic living necessities that is currently upon us. The cost would be raised to… read more about Letter to the editor: Rethink minimum wage
Guard Vander Blue's left-handed layup with one second left gave Marquette a 59-58 victory against Davidson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's East Regional on Thursday in Lexington, Ky. Davidson's loss snapped a 17-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. The Wildcats, a No. 14… read more about Marquette's late rally bounces Davidson from NCAA Tournament
Contact legislators to protect mental health care Editor, My husband and I are natives of North Carolina. We are the parents of a son with a mental illness that he did not choose. When our son became sick in his late teens, this began the battle for my son’s very life. Once our son was… read more about Letters to the Editor – March 8
Paulette Ballard A moment from Haley Carter I'm here to tell you about a real “pink lady.” Not the “pink ladies” from the movie “Grease,” but a kind of pink lady who learned she had a huge battle to fight. She was the one-in-eight diagnosed with breast cancer. Her name is Kerrie, and she is… read more about My favorite 'Pink Lady'
Huntersville property owners oppose HOT LanesEditor,The Northcross Property Owners Association represents over 60 properties covering an area of about 280 acres straddling Exit 25 on Interstate 77 in Huntersville. These businesses and apartments are a major contributor to local property and sales… read more about Letter to the editor: Huntersville property owners oppose HOT lanes
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked two alleged romantics, “How did you propose to your spouse?”“Before I actually proposed, I made sure I asked my wife’s late father for her hand and had the engagement ring with me. At her parents’ home after they both gave me their blessing, I called Val into… read more about Question of the week: How did you propose to your spouse?
A moment from Brandon Johnson Growing up in Atlanta, Ga., and moving to Huntersville was one of the greatest experiences of my entire life.My mom was single and raising three children with me in the middle. We grew up very poor, and life handed our family more than its fair share of difficulties.… read more about Huntersville man recalls most important moment
How can I break out of a slump?Because this issue of the Herald Weekly includes a Health & Wellness section focused on staying well and healthy, motivation and setting realistic resolutions and goals for 2013, we added these tips from Leo Babauta, a motivator and blogger.• One Goal. Whenever… read more about Question of the week: How can I break out of a slump?
Reader weighs in on gun law debateEditor,In recent headlines we have heard the issue of gun laws. Political figureheads have told us that we need to outlaw guns. The guns are the one committing the crimes.I am sorry, but when did a gun pick itself up and fire on its own? Someone is holding that… read more about Letter to the editor: The gun law debate
If you wrote the President and Congress a 100-word letter, what would you say? “In today’s society, we tell our children to compromise, to share, to be understanding of the viewpoints of others, and bullying is unacceptable. And yet, when they can start reading the newspaper or watching the news,… read more about Question of the week: Presidential letter
HOT lanes are the ‘wrong way’ for Lake NormanEditor,Everyone agrees we need a solution to Interstate 77 traffic in the Lake Norman area. Rush hour is unbearable for those stuck on I-77 north of Exit 23. An accident on I-77 brings gridlock to N.C. 115 and the main streets of our north Mecklenburg… read more about Letter to the editor: HOT lanes are the ‘wrong way’ for Lake Norman
What are your most important resolutions or professional and personal goals for 2013?“The New Year is a great opportunity for a fresh start, and I try to take advantage of that every year. Goals work better than resolutions for me and my three goals for 2013 are:1. Listen more than I speak ...… read more about Question of the week: Dec. 30
“What does Christmas mean to you and your family?”“Some of my earliest Christmas memories involve helping people. At Christmas time, not only would we help people as my mom did all year long, but we also cooked and baked for family, friends, neighbors as well as the folks in the nursing homes who… read more about Question of the week: “What does Christmas mean to you and your family?”
“Why is protecting the Second Amendment so important to Lake Norman residents?”“I believe that protecting the Second Amendment is vitally important to all U.S. residents, because it’s the amendment that historically has guaranteed all of our other freedoms.On an individual level, the Second… read more about Question of the week for Nov. 16
by Sandi Huddleston-EdwardsHUNTERSVILLE – Do you want to spice up your holiday gifts with tasty treats and unique gifts? If so, consider a trip to your nearest farmers’ market to buy locally grown food and chat with the growers. You might enjoy the pleasant surroundings, oftentimes augmented by… read more about Spice up gift-giving at a local farmers market