Daily Archives: January 18, 2013

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 want to wave a magic wand andContinue Reading


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 call. But in this case, theContinue Reading

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 by coal-powered plants.

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 — meaning the upper body ofContinue Reading

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.

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 the current economy and unemployment rates. Continue Reading

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 manager Sharisse Fuller: One thing the commissionersContinue Reading

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 break the bad habit of lookingContinue Reading