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Two letters worth reading from N&O today

Note about Roz Savitt's letter: she is a former lobbyist and was a great one. I am watching Tillis' campaign commercial where he brags about "balancing the state's budget." Guess he expects North Carolina voters don't know the Legislature is required to balance the budget, no matter which party is in power. Senator Kay Hagan helped produce balanced state budgets, but I don;t think Democrats turned out budgets that we later learned to be phantom budgets. This years budget was only revealed to be unbalanced after the legislature adjourned so folks like Speaker Tillis could go home to campaign for higher office.

Speaker Tillis' commercial offends my sensibilities about truthfulness.

N&O Person of the Year

In keeping with my commitment to hold North Carolina media accountable for contributing to the common good, I want to acknowledge the News and Observer's choice of Martin Eakes as its "Person of the Year" for 2005.

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A Yale-educated lawyer with a public administration degree from Princeton, Martin Eakes, 51, has spent 25 years at the helm of the Self-Help nonprofit, which helps the poor build their own assets.

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