Daily Archives: January 2, 2012

During the Iowa campaign, Newt Gingrich…

…has added one more item to his long list of negatives. He’s a whiner.






Chapel Hill Downtown Not Safe Enough, Not Clean Enough?

Chapel Hill’s Downtown Partnership evidently doesn’t think the town is doing enough to keep downtown clean and safe. The group is proposing “downtown ambassadors” as part of the town’s vision plan. Downtown must be, and be perceived by citizens, as clean and safe.  The Downtown Partnership, as downtown’s managing entity, should hire a private companyContinue Reading






Magic Money After All

The Watauga TDA accepted a $75,000 grant from the NC Recreation Trails Program for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Tourists taxed without representation will pay the 18,750 match. Funds will go toward refurbishing two miles of the trail that have been influenced by nature, and building a parking lot, an information kiosk, and 700 new feet ofContinue Reading






Government Bloating Exaggerated

Polk County reports its staff has increased by only 8% since 2006. Former reports said staffing had increased 45.2%. The larger number resulted from erroneously comparing all employees in the current year to full time equivalent employees in 2006. This announcement is in no way intended to give the impression that all the ads forContinue Reading






PETA Finally Speaks

PETA opposes the Brasstown New Year’s Eve Possum Drop. PETA spokesman David Perle argued, “Using a captive opossum as the centerpiece of a raucous party is cruel and illegal.” He added that state law prohibits possession of live wildlife without a permit. PETA attorney Brittany Peet said, “There are no permits that allow a personContinue Reading






Picking One’s Battles

People Advocating Real Conservancy want people opposed to digital billboards to attend the next meeting of Asheville’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Wednessday, Jan. 4, in the first floor conference room of city hall. The billboards are considered: an unsafe distraction to drivers. non-conforming with the main drag’sContinue Reading






Ten big changes coming to NC education this year

Those of us in the education policy business are going to have a busy 2012.  To keep up, review the John Locke Foundation website several times a day, visit the Carolina Journal website a minimum of five times a day, subscribe to my education newsletter, and tell your friends and colleagues to do the same.Continue Reading






Family Claims Discrimination on U.S. Airways Flight for Having Too Many Children

What a mess. This boils down to a simple question. How many toddlers should one couple be allowed to bring on a plane? A Davidson family with four kids is claiming they were kicked off a plane for having too many young children. “I felt we were discriminated against because we had too many children in theirContinue Reading