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Linda M. Humphries

Barnardsville NC

A disappointing, misleading and costly ‘Connect NC’ flyer

I received a “Connect NC” flyer in the mail today which says “Support the NC National Guard” by voting for the $2 billion bond on March 15. Supposedly if we vote for the NC $2 Billion (with a B) bond, we will be “safe”. The fact is, National Guard funding is the smallest portion of the entire bond. It seems that the line item was thrown in solely for the purpose of using the National Guard as puppets for Connect NC advertising. I am offended that National Guard funding is being held hostage, contingent upon the passage of political pork barrel spending to parks, zoos and the like. If the new building funds are needed for the National Guard, that line item could be fully funded right now through NC’s 2015 revenue surplus, which far exceeds the amount of the National Guard funding within this omnibus debt bond. The “powers that be” have pulled out all the tricks to put us and our children further in debt. I say, if there is further need to address the safety of NC citizens, put it in the budget. Vote “against” the $2 billion bond on March 15.

Linda Humphries, Barnardsville