Archive: Aug 2007 (page 13)

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    Your CMS Bus Snafu Update

    This semi-official one does not have them all. Omniously, the early afternoon buses which should be closest to being on schedule have been 30 minutes late in some places not on the list. These problems will only be compounded as the afternoon wears on. At least it will be…
    Jeff Taylor, August 27, 2007
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    Re: free market fundamentals in higher education

    Professor Crofton certainly gave an enlightening talk. Among other interesting points, consider the fact the the HPU campus is actually very beautiful, with fountains and flower gardens and statues. If you’d ask an opponent of free market education to describe what the campus of such a school would look like,…
    Locker Room contributor, August 27, 2007
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    Re-Writing History With Ed Williams

    In the latest episode, the Observer's editorial page editor strains to make the case that a slight edge in his paper's poll for the pro-transit side is in fact a major coup. In his Sunday column Williams spins a fanciful snapshot of the current debate wholly at odds with reality. Williams asserts that the 52-45 pro-tax edge in the Observer's poll conducted mid-August is "amazing." Williams explains that he expected a 50-50 result. Well, factor in the poll's margin of error -- which I can't find anywhere on the Observer's site but must be at least +/-4 percent considering a sample size of 549 registered -- not likely -- voters -- puts you right at a 50-50 result. That's just the way polls work. At most you could conclude the pro-tax side has a very slight edge. And that, in fact, would even do for Williams purposes. He wants to spin the pro-tax side is underdog fighting back against incredible odds. To wit: Because almost all the news about mass transit that has caught the public's eye recently has been bad. Cost overruns on the South Corridor light rail line. Missed deadlines and shoddy work by a contractor. A well-financed petition drive to force a vote on keeping or killing the tax. Political wrangling over conflicts of interests, political conspiracies and politicking by public employees. I'd have guessed the polls would show a dead heat. Let's unpack Williams' "recent news." The cost overruns, to $463 million, happened last September, not recent in my book. Moreover, that was promptly countered by a massive PR blitz which included Williams handing over almost an entire page to Pam Syfert so she could assure the public that new, stronger, better cost controls were in place. Parsons Transportation Group would be sued -- remember that line? -- and that is the last we've heard about the cost of the South line.
    Jeff Taylor, August 27, 2007
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    The Gov’s Office Just Cracks Me Up

    So, North Carolina is a great state to do business, have kids, raise a family, etc.  But sometimes, Governor Easley’s staff just cracks me up.  This gem from Governor Easley’s Deputy Press Secretary Seth Effron is just too good to simply be buried in today’s CJ piece on…
    Locker Room contributor, August 27, 2007
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    Free-market fundamentals in higher education

    High Point University is using a free-market philosophy to promote its growth. The associate dean of HPU’s business school, Stephanie Crofton, shared some of that philosophy today during a speech to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. View this clip to learn some of university president Nido…
    Locker Room contributor, August 27, 2007
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    Always fear Juanita

    The rumors of my death have been ? well, you know. I can see how it might be hard to tell, given “Johnny Joe’s Pub.”…
    Locker Room contributor, August 27, 2007
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    Can Neil Peirce Vote on Transit?

    If not, little reason to pay attention to his alt-history hagiography of Mayor Pat McCrory. But it does provide a fascinating window on the narrative that McCrory spins and lives in everyday. And it has absolutely nothing to do with the repeal effort. Recall that a year ago…
    Jeff Taylor, August 27, 2007
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    Re: License to Kill Jobs

    I’m not disputing the assertion, but just pointing out Reason’s list is a bit misleading in the engineering department. All fifty states license engineers, but some specify on the license which discipline was tested. Either way, electrical engineers all take the same electrical engineering exam, whether the state will license…
    Locker Room contributor, August 27, 2007