Archive: Wed Jan 2013

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    Another Sign of Economic Recovery

    Following a line of questioning from Asheville’s Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer last night, it was estimated about 7000 people are housed by the Housing authority of the City of Asheville. The population of Asheville is about 80,000, and only a few of the 7000 live outside the city limits.
    Leslee Kulba, January 23, 2013
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    How to Be a Bad Fraud

    Millard & Company invites the community, and especially seniors, to an educational seminar entitled “Recognizing and Avoiding Fraud” at The Tryon Depot, 22 Depot Street in Tryon at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Translated, that would be: Dear fraudsters, come find out what we’re telling people to avoid…
    Leslee Kulba, January 23, 2013
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    A Snowball’s Chance

    The NC DOT is coming out of the bushes to propose widening I-26 because: They mistakenly assume Ashevillians have come to their senses and will accept a widening to accommodate more automobile traffic. They wish to slush-fund pet projects, and they know Ashevillians will tie the debate up for…
    Leslee Kulba, January 23, 2013
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    Rand Paul v. Hillary Clinton

    Roy Cordato, January 23, 2013
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    End of Course Test Propaganda

    Tests are supposed to be about assessing knowledge and evaluating learning, but Roy Cordato discusses in his newsletter today how North Carolina’s End of Course tests, and the science courses behind them, are too often becoming instruments of propaganda instead.  This “education” is a disservice to children in public…
    Julie Tisdale, January 23, 2013
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    Bans on top of bans

    Did you happen to catch the news over the weekend that 140 countries have agreed to sign a UN mercury pollution reduction treaty? Mercury is legitimately nasty stuff, and mercury poisoning can cause all sorts of brain, sensory, and kidney problems.  You know the phrase “mad as…
    Julie Tisdale, January 23, 2013
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    SigRist to make Changes to NC Pensions Plan?

    Well, the holidays have past and it’s time new Chief Investment Officer, Kevin SigRist, for the North Carolina Retirement Systems to start working (announced as the new CIO on December 19th, 2012).  He did a good job in Florida, he even made it…
    Sarah Curry, January 23, 2013
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    Progressive tribalism on steroids

    That is what Roger Pilon calls Obama’s pathetic inaugural speech. Lots of excellent analysis.
    George Leef, January 23, 2013