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Reflecting on 9/11 and my trip to New York City in October of 2001

Reflecting on 9/11 and my trip to New York City in October of 2001

Friends,

This Friday marks fourteen years since the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Like you, I will never forget that day.  Like you, I pray that our nation will never again face such an attack, but also realize that we must remain vigilant.

Below is an article I wrote on October 11, 2001, shortly after returning from a trip to New York City following the 9/11 attacks.  The article is entitled An Unimaginable Experience in New York City.  I hope you will take a few …

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Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day

Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day

This weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day — a time set aside to remember the men and women who lost their lives serving in our nation’s Armed Forces.

As the author of USMemorialDay.org states, “Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities …

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A Time to Give Thanks

A Time to Give Thanks

Friends,

This Thursday is Thanksgiving — a day set aside for us to give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives.

As I was searching for Thanksgiving-related quotes several years ago, I found this one from H.U. Westermayer:  “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”

It is all too easy to get so caught up wishing for what we don’t have, or bemoaning events that didn’t go …

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Jack Hawke’s Legacy

Former N.C. Republican Party Chairman Jack Hawke passed away on November 4th after a battle with cancer.  Jack was the NCGOP State Chairman when I was first getting involved with the party after college, and he has been a mainstay during my entire tenure of activism.  He leaves a tremendous legacy of service and leadership in North Carolina’s Republican Party.

Jack managed Jim Gardner’s successful Congressional race in 1966 — four years before I was born.  He later ran for Congress himself.  Jack managed Governor Jim …

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Honoring Our Veterans

Today is Veterans Day — the day set aside for us honor those who have served in our Armed Forces and risked their lives to preserve and protect the unparalleled freedom and opportunity we enjoy as Americans.

As we celebrate Veterans Day, may we all take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have fought, suffered and died for our freedom.

Without their sacrifices, we would not have the freedom to worship as we choose.

Without their sacrifices, we would not have freedom of speech.

Without …

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George Washington’s Prayer for Our Nation

The following prayer is attributed to President George Washington.  I felt it appropriate to share as we reflect on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation:

“Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States …

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N.C. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to administer Oath of Office

Commissioner-elect Pat Sykes, re-elected Commissioner Scott Phillips and I will take the Oath of Office at the beginning of tonight’s Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meeting.  I am pleased to announce that N.C. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin will administer my oath.  Register of Deeds Brenda Clemmons and Coroner Greg White will also take their Oaths of Office at tonight’s meeting.

I first met Justice Martin nearly 20 years ago.  I was barely out of college and had volunteered on one campaign while in college.  …

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Statement on Election Results

“I am humbled that the voters of Brunswick County have chosen me as the next County Commissioner from District 5.  This is both a great honor and a tremendous responsibility, and it is one I take very seriously.  I am grateful for the support and help of the many volunteers who assisted with my campaign; tonight’s victory would not have been possible without them.  I thank Michael Ballard for his willingness to put his name on the ballot and commend him for the type of …

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Tomorrow is Election Day

Tomorrow is Election Day!  If you did not cast your vote during early or absentee voting, please do so tomorrow!  If you are not sure where to vote, please click here. If you live in Brunswick County, I respectfully ask for your vote for County Commissioner from District 5.

When you vote, please also remember the following statewide Judicial candidates:

N.C. Supreme Court:  Paul Newby
N.C. Court of Appeals:  David Robinson
N.C. Court of Appeals:  Marty McGee
N.C. Court of Appeals:  Chris Dillon.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to travel …

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