Jon Sanders

Director of Regulatory Studies

Posts by Jon Sanders (page 176)

  • Raleigh rescinds garbage disposal ban; U.S. troops hardest hit?

    The Raleigh City Council steps back from the brink a weensy bit and rescinds its garbage disposal ban. Not without controversy, of course: “Where’s the shared sense of sacrifice?” asked council member Rodger Koopman, an Air Force veteran, who said giving up garbage disposals is minor…
    Jon Sanders, April 15, 2008
  • ‘There’ll be no water in Raleigh by summer!’, R.I.P.

    This winter has been an exercise in climate alarmism writ small. WRAL reports: Falls Lake, Raleigh's water source, was on track to become full, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said. Around 3 p.m. Saturday, the lake had risen five-tenths of a foot to 251.1 feet – just below its full capacity of 251.5 feet. Jordan Lake, which serves Cary and Apex, was up two-tenths of a foot to 218 feet, exactly two feet above full. Jon Ham has already shown the dramatic rises in Durhams Lake Michie and Little River Reservoir. It has been less than two months since The News & Observer (not to pick on the N&O; one heard this stuff everywhere) reported that "Falls Lake could go dry this summer":
    Jon Sanders, April 5, 2008
  • Query: Should Raleigh ban pine straw around homes?

    That’s essentially what WRAL asks in its headline here: “Should Pine Straw Be Banned Around Homes in Raleigh?” Please, WRAL – Raleigh’s current leadership doesn’t need any help finding trivial things to ban!…
    Jon Sanders, March 28, 2008
  • Competing ideas to fight idiotic rants

    The Wall Street Journal (link courtesy Ed Cone) reports on one Gabriel Ortiz, whose grand idea is StupidFilter, set up to create an open-source filter software that can detect rampant stupidity in written English. This will be accomplished with weighted Bayesian or similar analysis and some…
    Jon Sanders, March 25, 2008
  • Raleigh City Council is getting out of control

    The temptation is ever-present for those with the reins of government, no matter how small, to use that power for whatever problem (real or imaginary) that appears on the horizon. As my colleague Dr. Roy Cordato observed recently, "When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." Without a principled approach to the proper uses of government (for that is the hammer analog), those who would use that power to better their communities often end up making things worse, hammering away at everything they deem a problem, regardless of whether it has any business being addressed by government. This is Raleigh's problem right now. The most recent non-nail to come to the Raleigh City Council's attention? Try this: City Council members are considering asking state lawmakers for permission to ban smoking in public parks. The city's Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board last week passed a resolution calling for a smoking ban in city-owned parks, and the City Council might review that request next week. ... A parent complained to Mayor Charles Meeker last year about the large number of cigarette butts near the playground at Pullen Park, prompting a study of the problem that culminated in the advisory board's resolution.
    Jon Sanders, March 25, 2008
  • Obama at Fayetteville Tech today — will anyone else be there?

    Barack Obama will be speaking at Fayetteville Technical College today. Regarding that, the following e-mail was forwarded to me from a trusted source: Obama will be at my school tomorrow (Wed) morning, only I can’t go (no faculty are invited/allowed). My secretary can’t go (no staff invited/allowed) My…
    Jon Sanders, March 19, 2008
  • Government edicts and unintended consequences

    The thinkers running Raleigh have decided: Garbage disposals bad. Per WRAL (which offers the news under a rather flippant headline): Raleigh began disposing of garbage disposals Monday, banning new or replacement installations and adding teeth to the grinder – a $25,000-per-day fine for violations. It makes Raleigh one…
    Jon Sanders, March 17, 2008
  • UNC gets its Nichol back

    I’m not surprised, and for UNC’s sake, I can only hope it’s an end to the Nichol-for-chancellor movement (on the assumption that, given the situation, sometimes a really bad idea is the only plausible way to stop a truly terrible one). The N&O reports: Gene Nichol, the former…
    Jon Sanders, March 14, 2008