Archive: Fri Jan 2013

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    Doing My Little Part

    Yahoo News asked its readers this month: Which one big idea could help the country address our most pressing national problem? Unless they want a two-thousand-page answer, I would offer dropping the question. To humor those at Yahoo News, I shall explain. Treating people like little tyrants who…
    Leslee Kulba, January 18, 2013
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    De-Annexation

    The beautiful thought of de-annexation is being discussed in Mills River. Unfortunately, it pertains only to a dozen parcels serviced by two fire departments. Speaking from my own experience, there’s nothing like placing a 911 call and listening to dispatchers debate for ten minutes who needs to answer the…
    Leslee Kulba, January 18, 2013
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    Beer Is Green, Beer Is Good

    It is hoped the brewers locating in the Asheville area will donate spent brewers’ grain to biodiesel manufacturers. A grant of $750,000 has already been awarded from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina, which, in turn, gets its funding from a settlement with the TVA over environmental degradation caused…
    Leslee Kulba, January 18, 2013
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    A kinder, gentler Congress?

    No, not so much says N.C.State political scientist Andy Taylor, writing for Carolina Journal, One of the big pieces of news from this year’s elections was the large increase in the number of women elected to Congress. Eleven women won U.S. Senate races — five newcomers and six incumbents…
    Michael Lowrey, January 18, 2013
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    You might be a progressive if…

    …you believe that a legal construct called a corporation pays the corporate income tax rather than real people like consumers, workers, and shareholders.
    Roy Cordato, January 18, 2013
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    The cost of education

    Did you see that the UNC system is asking for $266 million in increased funding from the state over the next five years?  And that doesn’t include the cost of enrollment growth, which could be about $25 million per year. It strikes me as a lot of money given…
    Julie Tisdale, January 18, 2013
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    Skip Alston should take up mah-jongg

    Not sure if spiking the sheriff’s Segways are a signal that Guilford County commissioners are reversing course, but rest assured John Hammer has more than a few suggestions, one of which is doing some equity pay in reverse on the next county manager, whether or not it’s acting…
    Sam Hieb, January 18, 2013
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    One easy budget cut to make

    In today’s Pope Center piece, Duke Cheston takes a very critical look at our Customized Training Program run by the community colleges and concludes that it’s money wasted. Employers ought to cover the costs of worker training. They will do a better job of it and we need to…
    George Leef, January 18, 2013