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Haw River shows self-serving philosophy from manager to council members

We always hate to see politicians and other public officials feather their own nests with taxpayer dollars. No where is that phenomenon more repugnant than when politicians decide to hike...

It’s high time to remember taxpayers – and cut the property tax rate

County commissioners and every other local city council and board of aldermen have been on a spending spree on behalf of their own employees, granting raises left and right. Bonuses,...

Mebane: prioritizing city bureaucrats over taxpayers – as usual

Mebane city manager Chris Rollins unveiled his proposed budget for the city this week.  And it’s a real whopper in terms of spending levels and spending priorities. First some caveats. ...

What’s the purpose of county government?

We’ve become convinced that many of the people attending the semi-monthly county commissioners’ meetings of late – especially those with their hands out to seek taxpayer funding of one...

ACC Van Winkle

Readers of this newspaper may wonder if they fell asleep recently like Rip Van Winkle of old – or, perhaps, whether ACC officials did. In the Washington Irving classic, Van...

(Another) spending frenzy in Burlington

There’s an old adage that “A fool and his money are soon parted.” Apparently, an even faster separation can occur when government officials have the money and those dollars belong...

A 28-year-old building is worn out? You must be kidding. Only in government.

UNBELIEVABLE! That’s our reaction to numerous aspects of a consultant firm’s purported study of the Alamance County judiciary system’s space “needs.” The consultant firm has concluded that Alamance County should expand...

City and county: beware “settling” with Halloween protesters

We didn’t have an opportunity to comment, editorially, on one of last week’s most significant stories, that of a proposal from the attorneys for 19 plaintiffs who claim to...

Something’s wrong in Graham city government

We haven’t commented previously and see no need to venture into the lawsuits and kerfuffle surrounding Graham city manager Megan Garner. The former Rural Hall town manager was hired by...

How many tax-paid holidays is enough?

We’ve lamented before, but it’s time to do so again, that governments are forever trying to outdo one another in providing more salaries and more benefits, including more holidays,...

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