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The First (and Last) “Bless Your Heart”

Creative Commons license, photo by Seyed Mostafa Zamani.

Bless your heart to the newspaper that provides a forum for the demonization of poor people. Perpetuating the false notion that people who live in poverty enjoy an easy life, want to remain there, and gleefully depend on the hard work of everyone else is harmful to society and promotes ignorance and a lack of […]


The Guardian endorses…

The Guardian endorses…

In late July, the Greenville Guardian sent a questionnaire to all candidates in Greenville’s municipal elections. Eight candidates completed it and were invited to an interview. All eight participated. Editor Lisa Ellison sat down with these eight for about an hour each; if you’re a regular here, you’ve seen the transcripts. Our interviews and questionnaires […]


Town Hall Verdict: Waste of Time

Town Hall Verdict: Waste of Time

Last night’s “Town Hall Meeting,” scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m., ran from 5:55-7:10. Mayor Thomas and Councilor Dennis Mitchell, the at-large representative, the forum organizers, took no questions despite the remaining twenty minutes of scheduled time.  Here’s how the meeting transpired. Upwards of 60 people gathered at the bar at the Mellow Mushroom eager to hear […]


Prestidigitation

Prestidigitation

by Harry Houdini Allen Thomas Step One: Suggest you’ll achieve a seemingly impossible feat, like freeing yourself, with hands cuffed behind your back, from a packing crate submerged under water. getting re-elected despite the continuous exodus of highly talented city staff, the city being sued over revisions to the occupancy code, and the installation of […]


But Who Installed the Screws in the Speed Cushions?

But Who Installed the Screws in the Speed Cushions?

Silly-seeming at first glance, issues like the speed bumps in Uptown Greenville, which were discussed at length during the February 11 meeting of the city council, provide an opportunity to review what council is supposed to be doing, and reflect on whether they are doing it. “The Mayor and City Council,” reads the elected officials […]


Respect, Decorum, Civility

Respect, Decorum, Civility

One of the most interesting parts of a city council meeting, and one of the most overlooked due to its place on the agenda, is “Comments from Mayor and City Council.” Occurring near the end of every meeting, it is a time when councilors – free of time limits – share announcements, thank people doing […]


Making Greenville Grow. Up.

Making Greenville Grow. Up.

When four of Greenville’s six city councilors voted Thursday to increase occupancy limits for unrelated people living in homes of the city’s Tar River-University neighborhood, each – along with the mayor – displayed a blatant disregard for the will of the people. Despite clear-cut and overwhelming public opposition from city residents, from the Planning and […]


Circus Maximus

This photo belongs to City of Greenville, NC. Photo by Steve Hawley

Greenville city councilmember Max Joyner played to pity in attempting to justify the last-minute pay raise council granted itself and the mayor at its June 14th meeting. Check out the meeting video. Click here, then advance the video to the 1:44:45 mark. Joyner says: “If you’re going to put me in charge of a $114 […]


SAVE GPAT

SAVE GPAT

6/6/2012 update: Commissioners reconvene at 6 p.m. tonight to resume budget discussions. No decisions were made in last night’s session. There was a great show of community support for GPAT at the public hearing.  GPAT provides full coverage of local government proceedings. Sunshine, as Justice Brandeis said, is the best disinfectant-so if it costs a […]


Marriage and Family, State and City

Marriage and Family, State and City

What does a local rezoning issue have to do with a statewide constitutional amendment? Not much, except both of them involve definitions of familial status. ————————- IN OUR OPINION ————————- State-wide definition of marriage A couple of weeks ago, our state decided to adopt a strict definition of which domestic partners receive legal recognition and […]


Question Austerity

Question Austerity

Though some might hate to admit it, there are certain things government does best. Tonight city council will take up the future of Bradford Creek Golf Course, a city-owned and -operated facility that some have cited as an expense Greenville cannot afford. Apparently taking their cue from the national (indeed, international) trend that has seen […]


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