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20 things you never hear spoken in Charlotte

By Mark Washburn
Mark Washburn
Mark Washburn writes television and radio commentary for The Charlotte Observer.

What you never hear uttered in Charlotte:

• Wish they’d knock down those trees so I could get a better view of that billboard.

• Only two years to get the county revaluation underway? That was fast.

• Instead of one guy running the airport, we should have a 13-member commission. It just seems so much more efficient.

• This NSA spying thing is an outrage. Why, I don’t even speak in public on my cellphone.

• I feel much safer now that people can bring guns into the bar.

• I think I’ll support the arts.

• Chopping away at our state university system is actually a wise investment.

• Exit 36 in Mooresville represents the kind of urban planning I’d like to see throughout the region.

• Hey, I’ve found an easy way to get to Myrtle Beach.

• Now that Mecklenburg finally has political clout, things have gotten so much better in Raleigh.

• I can’t imagine that eliminating Christian prayer before government meetings will cause any fuss around here.

• If I were a visitor to Charlotte who caught the local newscasts, I’d probably conclude that this is a safe, mayhem-free town.

• Losing the “X Games” to Austin is a huge blow to our civic esteem.

• It’s past time for another jaywalker dragnet.

• We’ll always remember the Bobcats as the golden era of the NBA in Charlotte.

• I’ll be so sad when the kids go back to school.

• Whatever they come up with for Eastland Mall will probably be fine. What could possibly go wrong?

• This will be a fantastic season for 49ers football.

• I hope we’ll get toll lanes like those lucky people up at Lake Norman.

• We need rain.

Washburn: 704-358-5007
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