Lt. Governor holds town hall meeting in Wilmington

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Submitted: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 3:19am
Updated: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 3:28am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest spent much of Tuesday in the Port City.

Dozens of people made their way to the New Hanover County Government Complex Tuesday for a Town Hall meeting hosted by Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.

He talked about a number of state and federal issues including education.

“A town hall meeting is such a great opportunity to see if what you heard is correct,” said Carolyn Justice.

Justice is no stranger to politics. She spent 10 years serving as a Republican State Legislator from Pender County.

“Tell me what the facts are and not what I am just hearing other people say. I think it was an excellent opportunity to hear the real facts,” said Justice.

Sandy Younce also says politically active, usually against Republican policies.

He says he wanted to make sure he got his two cents in at Tuesday’s public forum as well.

“I thought I stumbled into a GOP meeting, because most of the people here are conservatives,” said Younce.

One of the major talking points at the meeting, and a very important issue to both Justice and Younce is public education.

“I was here for public education. I have been studying the budget and the process and what’s been happening to fund public education,” said Younce.

When it comes to funding for public education, the Lieutenant Governor says educators need to be more creative with the money they have. Justice agrees.

“They are spending more on education this year than last year. How is it that people can be saying that they’re not?” said Justice.

Even though Younce does not agree with much of what conservatives have to say, he says he is glad he had a chance to speak to some North Carolina politicians face-to-face.

“I think that they did a great job of answering, but they did not use many facts and they skirted the issue of information that is available for every citizen,” said Younce.

Other issues discussed during the Town Hall meeting included immigration reform and the Benghazi attack.

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8 Comments on "Lt. Governor holds town hall meeting in Wilmington"

2015 years 8 months ago

Educators have zero control over the money spent on education. It’s cute to say we should be more creative with spending, because we don’t make budget decisions. These are made by administrators in schools and county offices across the state; classroom supply spending is up to the teacher out of pocket.
Sickening attitude.

2015 years 8 months ago

Teacher, I find the attitude of some toward teachers as sickening as you do. The politicians have dealt you into a losing situation and I personally and sincerely regret that.

Please don’t take my suggestion to be crass, but what you need to do is REFUSE to spend any personal funds for “classroom resources”, PERIOD. Remember, you are an educator, not a decorator.

2015 years 8 months ago

So now the selling season starts. All of these bad laws they enacted need an advocate and you sure won’t see the governor down here selling them. I guess they’re going to tell us how good they are for us and they would never do anything to hurt the middle class or the poor or the sick, blah, blah, blah. They make me want to puke.

2015 years 8 months ago

And you me! You are without facts, only pathetic liberal talking points. The demoRAT party had control of this state for 140+ years. We were 44th (that’s out of 50, not Obama’s 57) states for business climate, now we are 17th. There are NO CUTS in the education budget. I could go on and on. But why waste my time talking with a brain-dead moron. (redundant, I know).

Bruce Holsten
2015 years 8 months ago

I would call the notion of this legislature spending more money on education a real misnomer. They haven’t “spent” more money on education, Ms. Justice, they have misappropriated more money under the guise of Public Education to fuel their quest to turn our not for profit public education system into a For Profit free for all. Another gross misnomer is the notion of awarding a “Scholarship” to underprivileged children, knowing full well those funds don’t cover the tuition to attend these new schools, and that’s assuming they can actually even get to the school. Just more obfuscation by the worse legislature in over 100 years.

2015 years 8 months ago

Forbes ranks North Carolina 4th in business climate as of December 2012.

The Tax Foundation’s most recent statistic published has ranked North Carolina 44th published on October 19, 2012.

Citizens for Tax Justice has recently published an article entitled “Rich States, Poor States and Fake Research…”

So, Guest1118, you missed an opportunity to tout that NC is FOURTH in the nation in favorable business climate published by Forbes. Wait, wait, don’t tell me; you ignored this because NC ranks high because of the accomplishments and policies of previous administrations.

Keep up the good spews, 1118, they are very entertaining!

2015 years 8 months ago

The 1/2 gov and his court of local politicos all showed looking crisp and well fed. As expected their respective posse’s arrived an hour early to make sure no agitators get near the front to shake up their orgy by asking difficult questions. Thom Goolsby as much as I dislike him, he was the most articulate of the bunch. He made a correct point about the Democrats being just as guilty at gutting public education as the GOP.

Oh course for dessert they served up heaping helpings of Obama hating to fill their hungry faithful. The faithful sheep went almost orgasmic when talking about impeaching Obama and de-funding Obama care.


2015 years 8 months ago

You people kill me. Sitting here and ranting about one party of the other really is a waste of time and energy. Both parties are horrible. Both parties are all about pushing their agenda. Neither party really gives a rat’s behind about any of us. We the people are doomed regardless which of the two parties is in power.