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  • queendivadee1963 Feb 1, 5:33 p.m.

    Dianne was not looking for a handout she was looking for help. What was she suppose to do live in the street or in a shelter. Don't judge unless you walked in her shoes. All she wanted was her roof fixed, they took their time and the damage got worse. Was she suppose to say NO to a new home. Would you!!

  • Nancy Feb 1, 2:49 p.m.

    "Is there a single NC state governement agency, office or section that is competent?" - yankee

    Apparently not, every audit Beth Wood has done has shown major financial mismanagement. And to date, no one has been fired.

  • mep Feb 1, 1:35 p.m.

    Mistakes were made.... hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars wasted. Same story... different day... different circumstance. And folks wonder why some people dont like paying taxes.

  • yankee1 Feb 1, 1:31 p.m.

    Is there a single NC state governement agency, office or section that is competent?

  • b4reelnow Feb 1, 1:12 p.m.

    be carefull of what you say, the very leaf that gets turned over may very well be your own!

  • novacrazy2000 Feb 1, 1:07 p.m.

    if Galbreath had just put a roof on her house( which the storm probly had nothing to do with) it would have saved the tax payer some money. Some people just look for hand outs any where they can get it.

  • Relic Feb 1, 1:05 p.m.

    "Mistakes were made..." That sounds familiar, doesn't it?

  • bubbba Feb 1, 12:20 p.m.

    And we expect these people to pass more laws to protect us from ourselves. Honestly folks, I think the Mayans may have been right.

  • freedomrings Feb 1, 12:08 p.m.

    “I appreciated it, (but I saw) money being wasted. I really did,” Galbreath said

    Then why didn't she do something about it? A couple of years after I stopped using unemployment, I received a letter in the mail from the department of unemployment saying I had $6,000.00 more coming to me. All I had to do was start electronic filing and enter my PIN. It was tempting, we needed the money, but I knew it had to be a mistake. I tore the letter up. The following year we learned unemployment made a tremendous mistake and overpaid in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and my letter was indeed an error.

    If you smell something fishy, you need to step up and not take advantage.

  • Come On_Seriously Feb 1, 11:51 a.m.

    "Every agency in the state that has been audited or 'looked at closely' is being exposed for waste, graft, corruption.
    McCrory has a lot of work to do."

    True- and he'd best look at reigning in the R general assembly instead of going on athe wild joyride they seem to expect:

    "Problems identified by Medicaid audit largely result of NC Republican’s own budget."

    "the major finding in the audit, that NC’s Medicaid program wasn’t able to meet the budget set for it by the Republican majority in the General Assembly (and passed over former Democratic Governor Perdue’s veto)..."

    http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/02/01/problems-identified-by-medicaid-audit-largely-result-of-nc-republicans-own-budget/

  • carpe Feb 1, 11:21 a.m.

    Hoell is a master at immediately throwing the counties under the bus. State monies "managed" by the counties is still state monies which (should) give the Department some overwatch of those funds.

    In this case it was not politically expediante for and overwatch to be conducted. To do so would not have been career enhancing.

  • Nancy Feb 1, 10:52 a.m.

    Every agency in the state that has been audited or 'looked at closely' is being exposed for waste, graft, corruption.

    McCrory has a lot of work to do.

  • babedan Feb 1, 10:23 a.m.

    Some more of the "Good Ole Boys" charity of our Democrates in office. Maybe now we can get rid of the waste and scratch your back deals we have been seeing the past few years.

  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Feb 1, 10:18 a.m.

    The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December.

  • westernwake1 Feb 1, 9:43 a.m.

    'Some mistakes were made' ???

    Yeah right... it appears that most of the program was out-right fraud.

  • storage Feb 1, 9:37 a.m.

    Kind of ironic that Hoell retired the same day that thos story aired.
    http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/31/2646841/nc-emergency-management-director.html

  • 75Tarheel Feb 1, 9:19 a.m.

    All our government is good for is hind sight. Asking for forgiveness rather than permission. Free rein rather than clear and concise direction. And and let's nor forget flat out lying.

  • Scubagirl Feb 1, 9:03 a.m.

    Had they just spent $8000.00 on a new roof all would have been good and a house from the 30s would have been spared.

  • luvbailey Feb 1, 8:45 a.m.

    Classic.

  • JoCo50 at MXR Feb 1, 8:42 a.m.

    Any time the government starts giving away money, there will be plenty of takers.

    It goes without saying that some of those takers will be scam artists.

    It appears that this program just placed a big juicy apple out there on a limb just waiting for the scam artists to pluck it.

  • Wags Feb 1, 8:24 a.m.

    Retiring with full benefits, of course.

  • indrdw Feb 1, 8:12 a.m.

    lolly has it right. This is just a drop in the bucket. There is no telling what they would find if they investigated the local Housing Authorities.
    I remember one guy in management using special funds for a van which of course he could drive, buying cheap stuff to give out to residents and anyone else he wanted to. Of course residents did not really have to follow rules as was done years ago when federal housing came our area. Slum lords now rent delapidated housing at a ridiculous price and people have to put up with things that are supposed to be fixed in fear of losing a roof over their heads. I know, believe me.

  • lolly Jan 31, 7:45 p.m.

    " wiser, more careful venue which won't leave the fox watching the hen house again."

    Hi Frag 4 - hope you are well.

    Sigh as to fox and hen, etc.

  • FragmentFour Jan 31, 7:36 p.m.

    Let's hope lessons learned won't result in a permanent discontinuance of crisis housing but in a wiser, more careful venue which won't leave the fox watching the hen house again.

  • lolly Jan 31, 7:32 p.m.

    “It was managed at the county level. It was, in a lot of cases, managed by contractors who did the work, and there was a lot of latitude.”

    Such tactful sentences; It made me laugh and cry at the same time.

    I am torn between filing it under "multiplier effect", "government inefficiency", "good ole boy network", or "gross negligence of hard earned taxpayer dollars".

    "Kieran Shanahan, says the program helped thousands of struggling families. "But it was a program that needed a more defined system of checks and balances," he said in a statement. He added that future assistance programs will include a centralized and improved system."

    Oh yeah, government is going to turn over an entire new leaf. ROFL /* wiping away tears */ ROFL

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