Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

Sen. Bob Rucho to retire after this term

I believe we would have to call that an unexpected development.






No Marathon Power Line

The big news is public comment presumably twisted Duke Energy’s corporate arm into acceding and foregoing construction of a 45-mile transmission line between Campobello, SC and Asheville. The latest plan is to construct two smallish natural gas generators at the site of the existing coal plant, and bring a third, smaller one online by 2013Continue Reading






Joy Riding During Normal Business Hours

Not fully understanding transit, I see Polk County has set up an express bus that will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I thought buses were primarily for commuters.






Protecting Its Revenue for You

The ongoing attempt of Ken Allison to set up a Euro-style recycling center in Haywood County had another turn. Allison at first was going to build at a discount. Eight years ago, the county had speculated in the purchase and grading of a 55-acre industrial tract. The purchase price was $700,000, and the property laidContinue Reading






Good Cause, Misfit Rationales

Appalachian State students protested the $50,000 (17.54%) raise awarded to Chancellor Sheri N. Everts. To make their point, they played the race card and dragged the gay community in to the argument.






That’s Entertainment

The word “excited” is grossly overused, but it seems appropriate for this story of boardroom drama at a local, politically-charged radio station.






North Carolinians Facing Some Of The Highest Premium Percentage Increases In U.S.

Obamacare’s third annual enrollment period for health insurance has officially started earlier this week, and North Carolinians are being burdened with some of the highest premium percentage increases in the U.S. The breakdown of average rate increases is as follows: Blue Cross Blue Shield: 32.5%  United Healthcare:  20.4% Coventry: 23.6%    Note that Humana was going toContinue Reading






Look who’s last in ACC football graduation rates

Three guesses and the first two don’t count.