Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, the Lord will place someone in your life who makes a lasting impression — someone who quietly goes about their life’s work with little fanfare, yet leaves you in awe of the impact he or she makes on the lives in a community. John Kurti was such a man.
I met John in the late 1990s when he owned a Mail Boxes, Etc. store here at the lake. Somewhat like Sam in the old TV series Cheers, John would greet his customers with a smile. He wasn’t a man who simply mailed parcels. He knew you by name and you left assured your special package was in good hands.
Construction has started on the I-77 managed lanes project. This is a topic of conversation that has been ongoing in our community for over six years, and will continue to be a major issue for some time. There has been a lot of misinformation in the dialogue. At the local level, we have had little to no input on the contract between NCDOT and Cintra, also known as the I-77 Mobility partners. I and fellow Mayor John Woods from Davidson will be traveling this week to Texas to experience and learn first-hand about a managed lanes project that Cintra has built and managed. We will be joined by NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Walt Gray, and the Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory. Our schedule includes meeting with Cintra officials, Chamber of Commerce leaders and local business owners as well as local elected officials who have experienced the construction and operation of managed lanes in their community.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, our country will celebrate Veterans Day. This day of remembrance coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which have been celebrated in other parts of the world since the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In the United States, this became Veterans Day in 1954.
Pick up a newspaper and the headlines are likely filled with trouble and unrest. Last year, the nation watched in anguish as cable news displayed the riots resulting from anger in Ferguson, Mo. The racial tension was not confined to that region as protests and violence erupted across the country from Seattle to downtown Davidson as students and teachers alike participated in a “die-in.”
Spectators attending the annual Christmas in Davidson event looked on as protesters lay in the streets, their hands behind their backs, in a silent protest to an acquittal. Christmas carols fell silent as the discontent seeped into the evening yuletide event.
by Jim Bensman
For longer than a year, the residents of Mecklenburg County have been subjected to the results of the Tax Assessor’s Office desperately trying to set market values for 355,000 properties in the county. Alas, for all of this time, the assessor has stated that he is obeying the statutes and that for him to do any better, the statutes have to change.