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    Point of Anarchy, Madame Chair

    Mayor Terry Bellamy has been interested in renovating the Reid Center for some time. Asheville City Council’s last retreat was held there, rather than at a posh inn, to call attention to the facility’s needs. It was a bit homely and dated, but for the most part, sturdy and functional.
    Leslee Kulba, November 27, 2007
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    Re-re-re-recount

    Having lost a seat on Asheville city council by a margin of less than 1%, Bryan Freeborn exercised his privilege of asking for a recount. After gaining only a few votes in the first recount, Freeborn asked for a second. The second would be a manual count of the…
    Leslee Kulba, November 26, 2007
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    Taking the Liberty Not to Read Obfuscation

    I was recently chatting with a neighbor who said she didn’t sign the recently-circulated petition for nonpartisan elections because she was working three jobs and taking care of two very ill parents at the time, and didn’t have time to study up on the issues. In a free country, exactly…
    Leslee Kulba, November 25, 2007
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    Tax Dollars Were Made for This

    It is difficult to serve in elective office. Government’s hands are so tied. Government can’t protect the free exercise of conscience because that might offend the ACLU. Government can’t provide basic infrastructure because all its funds are tied up in planning for sense of place and synergizing community feel. Government…
    Leslee Kulba, November 23, 2007
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    Corporate Welfare Strikes Old Fort

    The State of North Carolina will award PRC industries a $1.7 million Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG). McDowell County will add another $580,000. PRC, an appliance recycling operation, promises to bring 300 jobs to Western North Carolina. Senior Vice President Ray Jonaitis said it…
    Leslee Kulba, November 22, 2007
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    McCormick Heights: A Poster Child

    With respect to the last post about all he misinformation allegedly circulated by the media, I have to agree with Dr. Carl Mumpower. Though the City of Asheville can pass the buck and wipe its hands clean of blame for what happened at McCormick Heights, government, in general, cannot be…
    Leslee Kulba, November 22, 2007
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    Sensationalized Space-Fillers

    It was a rather news-less day. Bryan Freeborn asked for another recount. After the first two vote counts, he remains in fourth place, defeated in his run for city council. The probability of getting a different answer this time is equal to the likelihood that those extra ballots can…
    Leslee Kulba, November 21, 2007
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    The Three R’s: Synergy, Diversity, and Communism

    In the old days, if somebody wanted to fix their car or plant a garden and needed to educate themselves better on the topic, they might read a book, enroll in a course, or talk to somebody knowledgeable. Now we have better ways to learn. Observe: Fewer than 50%…
    Leslee Kulba, November 19, 2007