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Old 07-02-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I understand what you're saying, Ani, but I would argue that in order to grow and develop the type of infrastructure you refer to, we need to not only be a candidate, but also host large events. Now on the other hand, I think a lot of people, especially on this forum, don't want Charlotte to grow into that type of city, and that's fine too - but that opinion should be part of their reasoning not to hold ANY convention. I think in this case most are simply blinded by their hatred of all things liberal.
Well, I hope you are wrong, b/c that would be foolish, indeed.

I think most of us can agree that as long as the city doesn't end up in worst financial condition than it is now, revenue generation is a healthy thing. I would not want to see rioting (but as I said to CUBS - I would never anticipate that here in CLT - as far as it being grassroots rioters). I think using that as a reason to refuse to host the convention is just that - an excuse. My understanding is that the party provides funds for a lot of those expenses associated w/ holding the convention. As long as businesses are not hurt . . . and revenue is generated . . . and the city doesn't go further in the hole (meaning - never gets reimbursement) - then why would anyone care if there is a convention held here.

Most of us won't be affected by having a convention here (as far as traffic and crowds at restaurants, etc).

I would just want to know that our city coffers won't be left bleeding a big deficit. That should be all that concerns anyone. Some inconvenience is minor if it would mean generation of revenue. We desperately need it.

Also, the tax revenue could be an impressive contribution, including the hotel tax, wh/ helps underwrite several projects here.

I still think St. Louis is a better destination city, but you make a good point that revenue from conventions could help generate the revenue to make Charlotte an even better destination city. I am all for that.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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CONSERVATIVES - believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Believe the role of government should be to provide people the freedom necessary to pursue their own goals.
Well - that all depends on the situation. The further "right" talks alot about preventing government from interfering with "individual liberty" and persuing individual "goals"...as long as those goals are the "correct" ones. It is not the liberals in places like, for example, Texas, who want to pass laws to make it illegal for a homosexual couple to have sexual relations in their own house behind closed doors.

And the whole "traditional American values" comment is a crock. Not only is that concept subject to interpretation (nevermind the fact that many people have some very uninformed views about "traditional" morals in our society), neither party is more moral than the other.

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I think that voters from now on will look at what a person has to bring to the table, ie. experience, success, and dedication rather than physical characteristics.
You are giving people WAY too much credit.

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I can't understand how people vote straight ticket without examining individuals from both parties.
Because a lot of people have the belief that one party is good and righteous and the other is evil, and are too stupid to see issues in terms other than black and white; these are the same people whose concept of discussing political issues involves coming to a decision based on very little information, and then calling anyone who disagrees with them an idiot. See http://moronswithsigns.blogspot.com/ as a reference. Alll of those TeaBagger twits and all of the neu-emo-hippies protesting the G20 meetings are good examples too.

We really should bring back the concept that one needs to pass an intelligence test in order to be able to vote.

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Old 07-02-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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Hmm, St. Louis vs Charlotte as a place to visit. Well, Union Station in STL is pretty much deserted now, Laclede's Landing is nowhere near nice, the Four Seasons Hotel not withstanding, and only pockets of downtown are alive. The new City Garden is great, and there is the arch and Busch stadium...but it's hardly a tourist mecca. A lot of the cool stuff (AB Brewery, Zoo, Science Center, Magic House, Forest Park etc are not downtown, but not far either)
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Old 07-03-2010, 06:05 AM
 
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Unfortunately, I don't see the city changing since the black community grows larger in this city every year. They NEVER vote Republican and never will, and will only continue to demand more entitlement programs.
Well at least you've managed to maintain a tolerant and broad minded view without resorting to stereotypes in spite of this .

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......which is why I'm getting the hell out while I'm still able.
Well there's a bright spot.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Well at least you've managed to maintain a tolerant and broad minded view without resorting to stereotypes in spite of this .

Well there's a bright spot.
My thoughts exactly! I was going to respond to that post, but decided it wasn't worth my time!
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:02 PM
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Location: Charlotte, NC
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South Charlotte- Conservative
Rest of Charlotte- Democratic
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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South Charlotte- Conservative
Rest of Charlotte- Democratic
I think you are spot on with this assessment!
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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City of Charlotte or Greater charlotte? I'd say Greater Charlotte is conservative. I'm a liberal and they are, generally, hard to find here.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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City of Charlotte or Greater charlotte? I'd say Greater Charlotte is conservative. I'm a liberal and they are, generally, hard to find here.
I'm assuming within the Charlotte city limits!
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:55 PM
 
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Very Liberal......Look at all the FREE Service that is offered. You need it, you get it at tax payer's expense tax is now 8.25 and talk of going higher.
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