Archive: Fri Jul 2007

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    Mary Newsom vs. Reality

    I fully expected the Observer's Mary Newsom to lash out in the wake of revelations that all is not as advertised with the UNCC transit study she so breathlessly touted to the world back on May 7th. I erroneously assumed, however, that her reaction might mirror that of WFAE's Mike Collins, a light rail fan who was similarly misled about the study's origins, yet who was very direct and forceful in questioning the study's main author Edd Hauser on Monday about his previous dissembling. Not so Mary. She has opted to strike out against anyone who thinks that Charlotte should not spend $9 billion on a mass transit plan that will do next to nothing to improve traffic congestion now or for the next 20 years. This paragraph lays bare her fantastic assumptions delivered with a veneer of vituperation wholly misplaced: If you're thinking mass transit is a creature birthed and nurtured by Charlotte's business oligarchy then you are uninformed about Charlotte. For about, oh, the past century or so it was the conservative business oligarchy here that fought the concept of any government-funded public transit. They kept a pitiful bus system running on fumes and pennies -- and extremely high fares -- because business leaders didn't want their taxes raised just to make life easier for low-income mill workers and black people. It's still the ultra-right-wing descendants of those anti-tax businessmen who are fighting the transit tax now. Where to begin? How about with Hugh McColl in Europe?
    Jeff Taylor, July 6, 2007
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    It’s time for le tour!

    Yes, friends, it’s time again for the Tour de France, one of my favorite sporting events to watch on television. Ever since our cable system began carrying OLN (now called Versus) I’ve watched every minute of the tour, either live or DVR’d. This year’s event begins tomorrow with the Prologue…
    Locker Room contributor, July 6, 2007
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    Of potential importance

    I know this is old news and all, but when I saw a James Hansen quote in this story about a climate-change debate in Vermont, I just burst out laughing: [Alabama State Climatologist John] Christy also testified the impact of the Vermont law on global climate “would be below…
    Locker Room contributor, July 6, 2007
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    Good intentions, but not rooted in science

    No, I'm not talking about global warming. Stay with me. A press release from USGBC says U.S. Mayors Champion the Greening of America's Schools: If mayors from across the country have their way, every child in America will be attending a green school within a generation. In a move to better support the health and well-being of America’s students, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), which represents more than 1,100 mayors, unanimously supported a green schools resolution last week at its 75th annual meeting in Los Angeles. All across the country, more and more schools are going green to save money, protect the environment, and help kids learn. To date, more than 30 schools have received LEED certification and nearly 300 more are on a waiting list for certification from the USGBC, which administers the nationally recognized LEED rating system for environmentally friendly buildings and recently released its LEED rating system specifically for schools. Yippee. They'll eat that up here in Guilford County, which is eagerly establishing itself as a green school system. Fair enough, Guilford's "green schools" aren't officially LEED certified, but they would qualify based on construction materials. And we walk around wondering why $60 million is the going rate for a new high school. Definitely something for voters to think about with another school bond on the way. But guess what?
    Sam Hieb, July 6, 2007
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    Watching the ‘Hoff

    Why would The Locker Room feature a blog post on Knight Rider? Ask John Hood (about halfway down the page).
    Locker Room contributor, July 6, 2007
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    Re: Raleigh officials

    Raleigh’s plan, from Abby’s post: (1) don’t call the Beltline I-440; (2) don’t call it the inner or outer Beltline, just east- or westbound Now that’s rich. Below is a map of Raleigh. See that oblong highway encircling (key word) downtown Raleigh? That’s I-440, a.k.a. the Beltline. Please, someone,…
    Locker Room contributor, July 6, 2007
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    Meet An Uptown Troublemaker

    Meet Davon Gaskin. Gaskin was among the 169 people arrested during the CMPD crackdown on Uptown during the July 4th fireworks event. Gaskin told WCNC that the arrest taught him a lesson. “I got caught up in the moment, I was heated a little because of the way…
    Jeff Taylor, July 6, 2007
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    Scooter

    There’s lots of local reaction to President Bush’s decision to commute Scooter Libby’s sentence. Greeensboro’s Steven Taub writes: So President Bush just commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence because it was “too harsh.” I’m trying to imagine what the fallout would have been if an active CIA agent had been outed…
    Sam Hieb, July 6, 2007