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I only saw it in a picture. That was 40 years ago

I only saw it in a picture. That was 40 years ago

My dad was brilliant at designing things. He could take out a white sheet of paper and invent something that never existed before. Back in the early 60s my dad… Read more »

They survived my watch

They survived my watch

I’m part of the sandwich generation. I have a mother, age 91, who lives with me. I also have a 17-year-old Pomeranian. On the other side, my 28-year-old daughter still… Read more »

Teacher pay reform: Will we be left behind?

Teacher pay reform: Will we be left behind?

In March 2011, two of my state House colleagues and I filed a bill – at the request of then-CMS superintendent Peter Gorman – that would have given Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools… Read more »

The worst and best 4th of July

The worst and best 4th of July

My memories of the summer are filled with wonderful images from summer cookouts. Fourth of July was a huge feast with my mother’s side of the family, while Labor Day… Read more »

There will still be orange juice in the fridge on Thursday

There will still be orange juice in the fridge on Thursday

Remember the movie “Failure to Launch?” I’ve watched it several times. I almost lived it. My children did not go away for college. My two sons commuted from home and… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: I thought I was right, but boy was I ever wrong

Real Help for Real Living: I thought I was right, but boy was I ever wrong

by Rev. Tony Marciano A few months ago, our minivan approached 195,000 miles. So I contacted the corporate offices of Dodge and asked them if they wanted to do a… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: The best $150 I ever spent on summer vacation

Real Help for Real Living: The best $150 I ever spent on summer vacation

by Rev. Tony Marciano I don’t want to disillusion you if your summer plans include taking the kids on a trip to Disney World. I’m sure they’ll love it. But… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: If A=B & B=C, then why is C such a crisis?

Real Help for Real Living: If A=B & B=C, then why is C such a crisis?

by Rev. Tony Marciano When I was a kid, we were taught the “new math.” I don’t know what it meant, but it scared the fire out of my parent’s… Read more »

Real Help for Real Living: I can’t tune a piano but I can tuna fish

Real Help for Real Living: I can’t tune a piano but I can tuna fish

by Rev. Tony Marciano OK, I won’t quit my day job and go into standup comedy. But I do want to talk about tuning things. And for some of you,… Read more »

In regard to the proposed Charlotte property tax increase…

In regard to the proposed Charlotte property tax increase…

Editor, Are we once again looking at more property taxes after last year’s evaluation increases? Now it’s the “have” neighborhoods of South Charlotte funding projects for the “have not” neighborhoods?… Read more »

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