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Budget games

‘Tis the season for local municipal governments to start outlining their “wish lists” for their local elected leaders. For some local municipal officials, it’s better than Christmas. This is an annual...

Why are some town halls still closed?

We’ve asked now for a number of weeks, and we still haven’t heard a convincing answer to this fundamental question: why are some local town halls and city halls...

Mebane’s proposed “positively charming” propaganda officer

One of the newest fads in local government spending is for towns and cities to create a new position, which they often term, rather blandly, a “public information officer.” But...

A primer on “recusals”

Well, dear reader, if you even made it past the title, you must be a local government junkie. The issue of recusals doesn’t typically come up very often at local...

Sunshine Week: local governments need a lot of coverage – and public oversight

We thought the annual celebration of “Sunshine Week,” in which newspapers and other media outlets focus on the need for government transparency in serving the public, might be an...

Lower interest rates for government bonds: who should benefit?

As many homeowners know, interest rates are at historic lows, resulting, as we hear it, in lots of demand from buyers and even more from those wanting to refinance...

For BPD: no “armed camp” needed, not even a fenced one

Sometimes as we watch various local boards, we just shake our heads, wondering where some ideas come from and why elected officials don’t do more to quash them in...

We need more elections, not fewer

We were very concerned to read the recommendation of Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, last month, to delay upcoming elections. In...

Graham council meeting a real mess that needs to be cleaned up

We’re almost always on the side of having high ethical standards for public officials, and we have frequently urged that board members adopt a standard of avoiding “even the...

Let the school board vote on its own raise

We thought it was apropos that the county commissioners last week avoided being suckers for the school board. School board members ducked their own decision-making last year, allowing the superintendent...

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