Open spaces prove a success

To the editor: In the late 1990s, Wake County was getting serious about land use and how to preserve our most important natural areas in a quickly urbanizing county. In 2000, after 18 months of study, a newly created Open Space Advisory Committee asked the Wake County...

Young leaders make an impact

To the editor: Primary elections done, can-didates are aligned for a most important general election. Voters should obligate themselves to be as informed as possible on their choices for office. I find it important to seek inspiration from younger leaders. They are our future....

Stop the train wreck one decision at a time

As I was looking over my weight loss statistics from the past 18 months, I thought I might have to take a Dramamine. Tracing the graphed plots from one hill to the next decline were enough to make the strongest stomach turn. Clearly the 70 pounds lost were not a straight shot to...

Illegal fireworks cause flashbacks

To the editor: I feel compelled to remind my neighbors that airborne or projectile fireworks are illegal in North Carolina.  I must say that July 4th and New Year’s bring out the illegal fireworks and my neighbors don’t mind  conducting an aerial bombardment of my neighborhood...

Planning hearing one-sided

To the editor: I watched the recent Wake Forest Planning Board meeting online and observed what I felt was a one-sided argument in favor of the applicant for a Special Use Permit.  I find it curious that the town attorney, planning board chairman and the mayor went to great...

Absentee ballots overcome problems

To the editor: Wake County citizens recently met to express opinions on placement of early voting sites for the General Election this fall.  Wake County Board of Election Chairman David Robinson made it clear to all attendees that prior Board decisions regarding the number of...

Charter schools should operate publicly

To the editor: The North Carolina General Assembly is debating changes to the North Carolina public records requirements for charter schools. Franklin Academy supports efforts to make charter schools’ financial records, ethics requirements of board members and other financial or...

Barber passionate, unrealistic

To the editor: Voters elected Republicans majorities to the General Assembly in 2010, and again in 2012, based on a platform to revitalize North Carolina’s economy, jumpstart job growth and balance a $2.5 billion dollar deficit we inherited. We promised to reduce the state tax...

Study justifies doodling habit

I wish Catherine Lee could have seen last week’s CBS-TV show, Sunday Morning. It may have helped my case way back in high school. Miss Lee taught science at Wake Forest High School in the 1940s and ’50s. She was what was then called “a spinster,” and she rented a room in a...

Veterans need action, not ‘promises’

To the editor: The Veterans Administration scandal and the deaths of veterans who fought and lost their battle to obtain earned benefits has local impact and is worthy of attention.   It is an old story of broken promises, and one that continues to repeat itself.   I remember my...

Some taxes are no privilege

To the editor: The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association would like to thank Representative Marilyn Avila, Representative Chris Malone and Senator Chad Barefoot for their bi-partisan support to rein in a tax that was never envisioned to get to these levels.  I would like to...

Yummy chicken kabobs

Enjoy quick and easy chicken pineapple kabobs by Luci Vieira, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada I love the mix of flavors in Luci Vieira’s Chicken Pineapple Kabobs. This is an easy recipe you can fix ahead of time. Then, slide on the skewers for a quick meal after work or a great entree...