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Tough Tuesday for Viking, Titan soccer — Sports, page 47Vol. 7, No. 42THE HERALDLOCAL NEWS FOR HUNTERSVILLE, CORNELIUS AND POINTS NEARBYOctober 17, 2008 Worth at least 50¢Rx for gloomand doom?It’s the mailbag!I bumped into a local sage recently who waxed poeticallyabout the recent “volatility” (from the Latin, meaning to“watch your retirement go down the drain”) in the markets.The sage’s take: “don’t worry about it. If you don’t likewhere the market is today, check back in a hour. It’ll besomewhere completely different!”Actually, that’s a recycled one-liner that was originallyused to describe Florida’s fast-changing summer weather.It wasn’t all that funny then, andit doesn’t seem all that funnynow, although it could just be thegeneral gloom and doom that issapping the ol’ humor reserve.Doom and gloom has a way ofdoing that. The only immediatesolution I can think of — call ita bailout if you like — is to openTuckerMitchellup the old mailbag, throw outthe political campaign and creditcard junk, and see what’s onpeople’s minds.What should we do about the economy!!!!?Wow, a four-exclamation pointer! I guess people reallyare in a panic. Given that, my best advice would be …Run! Run for Hills! … No, wait! I’m kidding! The real answeris … I don’t know! I never took a course in economicsor read more than half a book on the topic, so this is not mystrong suit. I did major in history, though, which offers thisperspective: when things get bad the next thing that willhappen is that they will either get better … or worse. Forthose rooting for “get better” it should be noted that that’swhat almost always happens … eventually. Recessions— or recession-like economic events — in 20th and 21stcentury America last about a year.Compared to other recessions and economic downturns,this one has not been so bad. Unemployment, and eventhe stock market losses, etc. have not been as severe as theworse slumps of the past. Of course, that all comes withthe caveat “so far.” The crisis in credit and the financialindustry makes this year’s economic events different,and that is the scary part. Historians don’t agree on thefundamental causes of the Great Depression, but it’s clearthat the failure of the banking system was pivotal in turningwhat would have been a Good Recession into a GreatDepression. Most historians do agree that the federal governmentcould have acted more decisively back then.So the bailout is the right thing to do?Time will tell. It’s clear that the financial policy makersaren’t going to repeat the do-little mistake of the earlySee Mitchell/page 14TUCKER MITCHELLArt of politics?Art imitates life — or maybe it’s the other way around — in Keets Taylor’s latestpainting, now on display at Bubba’s BBQ. Story, page 11.In less than one full term onthe Mecklenburg Board of CountyCommissioners, Huntersville’s KarenBentley’s has already managed to distinguishherself from her colleagues. Inthe midst of a largely gregarious group,the District 1 commissioner is the quietone. She consistently measures her wordsand, if anything, seems to shy away frompublic attention. Some would even attributea bit of anonymity to Bentley, acharacterization that hasn’t always beenseen as a positive. For her part, Bentleysays her style is a contrast to more typical,political bombast.“I don’t talk just to talk,” says Bentley.“My philosophy is to talk to seek understandingand clarification. I’m not one tothrow political firebombs or agitate myfellow commissioners. I’m very targeted,very careful with my words.”But constituents could see a moredynamic Bentley if she’s reelected to asecond term on the Board of CountyCommissioners (BOCC). Bentley, aRepublican and 13-year Huntersvilleresident, is running for reelection inDistrict 1, an area that includes most ofWith elections less than three weeksaway and concerns about the economy escalating,the Mecklenburg Board of CountyCommissioners is considering a bold financial—and political —move.Commissioners will vote next week onwhether or not to defer a countywide propertyrevaluation. The revaluation, scheduledto go into effect when new tax bills aremailed around the first of next year, willlikely hike local taxes dramatically on mostcounty properties, if other recent revaluationsare any indication. The county must, bylaw, perform the revaluation exercise everySee Revaluation/page 13Second term could see a ‘new Bentley’County commissionerfrom Huntersville maycome out of her shell nowthat she has a better graspon the job.BY HEATHER SOMERVILLESee Bentley/page 7Countypondering‘reval’ delayCommissioners may deferincreasing property valuesuntil economic stormsettles. Vote set for Tuesday.BY HEATHER SOMERVILLEHEATHER SOMERVILLEKaren Bentley at work.
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