To say that Lyles balanced 22 budgets is very misleading. State Law in NC requires every local government to have a balanced budget in place by July 1 of every year. Essentially, you are saying that she did her job.
Mark, thanks for pointing that out. The story has been updated.
Fact Check Folks, Jennifer Roberts was a Morehead Scholar, not a Morehead-Cain Scholar. The two foundations did not join forces until 2007.
Ana...I'm assuming you were still in school during the debacle that was her tenure in the county commission. She was a divisive do-nothing as a county chair...is this a Halloween prank or something?
That's okay. The Left has for years falsely linked legal concealed carry to a decrease in public safety.
So, unlike Democrats, Republicans will actually have to deliver?
Love the memories you stirred in me! I know all those scent memories! Thanks!
Well spoken, for every father out there, for every parent who has ever done all those things we do so that our young 'uns can have a chance to be who they want to be. Thank you.
Michael L. a fan of your daughter and her hard work out here in Eugene Oregon
She isn't finished yet. Sometimes these disappointments lead to victory down the road. She still has a couple of Olympic Cycles ahead of her.
Wonderfully written piece that truly captures the scope of emotion, sacifice and work surrounding elite competition. His poignant parental view resonates with all of us who have children who are involved in sport. Having moved from Myers Park to Eugene seven years ago and with a daughter running distance at South Eugene High School, I feel a shared narrative with Mr. Lucas. Julia is a great athlete and a poised young woman. Our family will continue to cheer for Julia when we watch her run at Hayward.
Thanks for sharing the heartwrenching story. I remember seeing a photo of the finish line, and Julia was leaning back on her heels as she slowed, while Kim Conley was leaning forward, running *through* the finish line. I've seen too many races lost when runners slow down too early, and it's a painful lesson to learn with so much at stake.
Wow. No disrespect to Creative Loafing, but this article deserves a much broader audience.
Greetings from Minnesota. Just wanted to express thanks for this wonderful piece. It is well written and captures the sacrifice, determination and (sometimes) disappointment that goes along with running--and many other types of endeavor. Good job, Dad...on both the article and raising your daughter.
This is beautifully written and certainly portrays the Olympic spirit from a parent's perspective. I enjoyed it and have shared it everywhere I can. It's Tedddy Roosevelt's- "Man in the Arena" through and through. Thanks, Susan
Wonderfully written. Julia may have made a "tactical error" by pushing the pace which ultimately led to other girls hitting the 'A' standard. However, she certainly earned my respect with her gutsy racing. It was clear that she was not satisfied simply qualifying for the Olympics on a technicality. She was running to win. She has made many fans because of her courageous effort and I am one of them.
What a nice tribute from a father and I believe every word. It is the classis thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. That race was the most exciting one of the oly trials. And the girl who nipped her for 3rd was just as hardworking, just as awe-inspiring, and just as deserving as Julia.
My daughter looks up to Julia with great admiration, as she knows the road that Julia is traveling. Andie is well behind her, but on a similar path. Your words are inspiring as is the effort and courage that Julia demostrates on a daily basis. Your pride is well deserved and your sportsmanship outstanding !
A child is a mirror of their parents and Julia chose hers well. To place everything in context like this is exceptional and life-affirming.
Pokeinthenose: About California, you're right, they're the probably the most liberal bunch in the country, to the point of nearly seeming libertarian, except they also believe in laws. And things like safety. I think part of what happened there with mandatory sentencing is that CA was being torn apart by gang war at the time.
However, speaking broadly, perhaps it is more conservatively-minded people who are behind the push for this nonsense, of any political stripe.
DLP: 100 yrs of Democrat control of the Legislature in NC with Democrat Governors almost all of that time. I didn't see any effort on their part to decriminalized drugs. 2 yrs of control by EXTREMELY Liberal Democrats over the House, the Senate and the White House...nothing. BOTH parties are seem content to keep things the way they are. And this woman is locked up in California...not exatcly a Conservative stronghold.
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