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    Slow News Day

    Since the new year, very little that is being considered newsworthy has been happening in WNC. Still, the newspapers must fill their space, and bloggers must write. Today, in Asheville’s local daily, three top stories are: A professor produced a report on the “perilous” economic downturn in Western North…
    Leslee Kulba, January 11, 2008
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    Externalities

    The long, drawn-out character of this article artistically reflects the situation. Over two years ago, the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods thumped grievances with local development as campaign issues. One hot topic was the dispute between Reid Thompson and Greenlife grocery store. Thompson, who owns six rental properties on Maxwell…
    Leslee Kulba, January 10, 2008
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    Send It Back!

    Six-hour Asheville City Council meetings can be torture. Citizens must uphold the decorum of the chamber and remain silent while elected officials seriously engage in discussions about what colors should be permitted for residential exterior décor, or even lengthy deliberations over how they should plan to consider a vote on…
    Leslee Kulba, January 9, 2008
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    Patriotic Addiction

    I diverge from mainstream libertarians in that I think there ought to be a law when it comes to consuming intoxicating substances. I don’t believe there should be penalties for violating laws that can’t be Constitutionally enforced. Still, I can’t bring myself to accept the absence of a “Thou shalt…
    Leslee Kulba, January 9, 2008
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    1, 2, 3, 5!

    Kindergarteners can count, but that is because they’re too young to lust for power. Here’s an example of just how difficult it is to count to seven, or even five.
    Leslee Kulba, January 9, 2008
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    Edumacation 201

    Sixth graders at Erwin Middle School are learning groupthink. An intern from WCU spearheaded the project in which students, in groups of four or five, spent seven weeks writing a letter to the editor for publication. The Citizen-Times, for whatever reason, did not intersperse these letters with the others,…
    Leslee Kulba, January 8, 2008
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    Adam Smith Exposes Orient Express

    I would like to send my personal congratulations out to a.k.a. Adam Smith, who has illustrated the national debt more accurately than most with his post here. As an aside, the story is an old one. People with green interests continue to obstruct the construction of an eight-lane highway…
    Leslee Kulba, January 7, 2008
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    Mobius Gray Matter

    Now that our collectivist vision has kissed property rights good-bye, we may as well have some fun. Kimley-Horn, a Raleigh consulting firm, will be teaching elementary school children about smart growth so they may participate in the visioning process for US 441, leading to downtown Cherokee. Smart Growth is an…
    Leslee Kulba, January 7, 2008