Your View: This is mark of a new beginning

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 01:25 AM

As the beginning of a period of rejuvenation and revitalization takes effect it is important to maintain support and push for its continued growth.  On Feb. 18, the approval by City Council for an urban multi-family residence in Uptowne High Point shows that we are ready for change.
Within The City Project a pocket of supporters has formed.  Under the leadership of The City Project Director Wendy Fuscoe, a group of young people has decided to make a difference and support this change.  As the group continues to grow, the momentum becomes seemingly palpable.
As I have continued my journey of understanding and experience of what is a community and the people that create it, I have met many people who believed in and led change in their communities.
A women who had seemingly everything in achieving her dream job in pursuit to change the world, a man who earned his degree in gerontology and a guy that didn’t see his first concert until the age of 19 all found a common goal in bettering their community.
Although each took different paths such as starting a farm to create healthier food options for her children, playing music across the country in pursuit of the greater good and an executive leading the way to success with a series of concerts, they found a purpose in the community they loved.
There is never a change that leaves no jagged edges and change will not be easy but know that there can be new life for the city we all love and that should be enough to bring people from all walks of life together in support.
High Point

Let cuts of budget sequester take effect
Nonsense. All the horrors President Obama predicts if the budget sequester takes effect are pure nonsense. Granted the across-the-board cuts of the sequester are not the preferred way to control spending, but the sequester is at least a tiny step toward avoiding national bankruptcy.
Let’s not forget that the sequester was a White House proposal to break a budget deadlock in Congress. From Obama’s recent remarks it’s clear that he thought Republicans would be more apalled by the defense cuts than Democrats would be by the reductions in discretionary spending. Now that Republicans appear willing to accept, however reluctantly, the cuts in defense, the Democrats are in a panic, and President Obama is taking his campaign act back on the road to divide the American people and stir up envy and resentment toward the financially successful.
In truth, the sequester cuts the budget only in the Washington-speak terms used by the federal government. The federal budget will still increase, just by about 2.4 percent less than the automatic annual increase that defines what is known as the budget baseline. 
Washington in general, and Democrats in particular, seem incapable of coming to terms with the obvious: The current fiscal course of the federal government leads to inevitable collapse.  The modest reductions in the federal deficit the past two years can be attributed to the Tea Party backed members of Congress elected in 2010, the only contingent in Congress committed to defending national solvency.  Given the obvious difficulty of building consensus in Congress for any specific spending reductions, the only fiscally responsible course is to do nothing and allow the sequester to take effect.  Then our elected representatives can get on with the real work of not making us all poor.


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