Your View: Legislature is harming people in cities, state

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 09:02 PM

N.C. cities, as we have known them over 50 years, will no longer exist because of the actions of the Legislature over the last three years. The effect won’t be apparent in the next year or two. It’ll happen gradually over the next few decades with serious consequences for the state’s people.
I’ve been a professional in the city management field for 35 years and have been observing the General Assembly’s recent actions. I understand what has made both our cities’ and our state’s economies strong and continually vibrant, an understanding which I wish was more in evidence in our legislators.
Five of the 25 U.S. cities above 100,000 in population with AAA bond ratings are here. Five from this one state! Whether or not that remarkable ratio will continue to exist is certainly now debatable. N.C. also has routinely ranked over the last 10 years at the top of business media ratings as one of the best states to locate or expand business.
N.C. cities are the drivers of the N.C. economy. Why would we want to harm them? It’s where 70-75 percent of all jobs in N.C. are located.
Weakening abilities of these centers of economic power to borrow money, expand their borders and deliver economies of scale to their constituents (and to adjacent non-residents taking advantage of city amenities) and to attract new business through obvious financial and economic strength and the attractiveness of their amenities, is dangerously short-sighted.
We should not let ignorance prevail over established facts substantiated by the record of N.C. population and economic growth. President John Adams once said, “facts are stubborn things.” What has been occurring in the General Assembly in the last few years in legislation affecting cities is ignoring facts, is unprecedented, and will harm all people of this state, not just city residents.
GARY PARKER
Archdale

Justices should remember their oaths of office
I am sure that if the justices of the Supreme Court would consider the information and instructions in “The Book” (the Holy Bible) they took their oath of office on when they make their decisions, it would be a lot easier.  I believe my Bible says that to make an oath (or vow) and not honor it, is blasphemous.
JOHN FARRINGTON
High Point

YOUR VIEW POLLS

State Sen. Trudy Wade, R-Guilford, has proposed redistricting county school board lines, reducing board member term lengths and making elections partisan. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com. Here is one response:
• Wade’s bill to politicize public education in Guilford County is ill-conceived and has no purpose other than her usual ultra-conservative Republican stance to ultimately destroy public education in North Carolina.

Will U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s recent statement that she backs marriage rights for same-sex couples help her or hurt her in the 2014 race to fill the seat she now holds? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email us your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com.