Archive: Wed Jan 2012

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    Civility about photo IDs for voters? If only

    Richard Ford at the Durham Republican Party web site has some wise words about the effort to put some ballot security in the voter-registration and voting system. He points out something that the media, the NAACP, the Left, and the state’s Democratic officeholders don’t know: That bi-partisan panels…
    Locker Room contributor, January 18, 2012
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    5-0 NO. Awesome.

    And done with class. The Iredell County Commission voted unanimously against the $452 million Red Line Regional Rail project, which would have put their voters tens of millions of dollars in the hock. Iredell commissioners cited national studies showing how cities often underestimate the cost of new rail lines and…
    Tara Servatius, January 18, 2012
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    Redefining Usefulness

    It is probably intended as a teaser. The Citizen-Times announced the NC Department of Labor has made several recommendations to the Asheville Fire Department following the death of Captain Jeffrey Bowen in the line of duty several months ago: The letter recommends the department “evaluate its training, policies and…
    Leslee Kulba, January 18, 2012
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    You’ve Heard It All Before

    An outpouring of public input from citizens in Blowing Rock convinced a narrow majority on town council to deprive all but the lawless of their Second Amendment rights in public parks. “Is it too much to ask somebody with a conceal carry permit to put it away for the…
    Leslee Kulba, January 18, 2012
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    Thanks, Again, Walt Disney

    Cherokee wants to revamp its downtown. The tribe is concerned the downtown looks a little trashy, and they would like to foster a Native-American feel. Tribal leadership hoped the business owners would yuppie-ize their storefronts of their own volition. When that didn’t happen, the tribe invested $4 million in…
    Leslee Kulba, January 18, 2012
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    Red Light for the Red Line

    Today the Iredell County Commissioners voted unanimously against an extension of the Charlotte commuter line known as the Red Line into Iredell County.  Here’s why the commissioners are right in saying no: 1.  Funding for the project is sketchy at best. They planned to use tax-increment…
    Becki Gray, January 18, 2012
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    Ferg’s take on Ron Paul: Interview on WGSO’s Ringside Politics

    With successful campaigns in the Iowa and New Hampshire presidential primaries—third and second, respectively—Ron Paul remains in the national spotlight. However, two broad misunderstandings are impeding his rise as the conservative front-runner and alternative to Mitt Romney: first, confusion about Paul's policy positions as a constitutional or paleoconservative; second, the dire state of the United States economy, which compels more aggressive action than the other candidates offer. Jeff Crouere (pictured), a radio host I admire with WGSO in Louisiana, had me on to address these concerns and respond to questions from callers. Click below to listen (24 minutes, mp3), and I encourage people to check out his show, weekdays at 7 to 11am CST. [audio:http://bit.ly/wZQYDh]
    Fergus Hodgson, January 18, 2012
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    Mamas make kids fat

    As I wrote yesterday, schools have banned certain foods and beverages from vending machines, made school breakfasts and lunches more nutritious, and prohibited certain businesses from opening near schools, but none of these approaches have been successful. Now there is even more evidence that schools cannot…
    Terry Stoops, January 18, 2012