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    Priorities

    Ashevillians may want to stay inside until after the elections. Something besides celery stalks at midnight here. Something . . . dangerous . . . and ferocious. Beasts so venomous, so sinister, government is stepping in to proactively preserve the life, liberty, and property of citizens being threatened by the…
    Leslee Kulba, September 14, 2007
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    Allegations about Allegations

    Last Saturday, a report faulting the Asheville Police Department for being racist surfaced. Lt. Anthony Franklin of the Richmond, VA police department came to Asheville to lead the police department in diversity training exercises. He prepared the report at the request of an unnamed individual for an extra $2700…
    Leslee Kulba, September 13, 2007
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    Mum’s the Word

    The city is engulfed with the news that somebody who doesn’t need to hire a publicist is running for office. I can’t say more until John Hood releases instructions for election season blogging, but you can read about it here and here and here and here and…
    Leslee Kulba, September 12, 2007
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    Hoopla over a Building

    Asheville’s skyline could change, and the media is trying to get folks to think they should care. The Ellington, like all large buildings downtown, is anticipated to propel Asheville into the Twenty-First Century, even though it is supposed to simulate architecture from the 1920s. Some say it will be…
    Leslee Kulba, September 11, 2007
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    Synergizing Vibrant Tomorrows – Because Government Doesn’t Want to Work Itself Out of a Job

    The City of Asheville can afford to commission studies about sidewalks, studies about parking garages that can be disregarded after a few hundred thousand dollars are sunk into the design phase, and studies about a green roof for the civic center. It can commit to giving Biltmore Farms, one of…
    Leslee Kulba, September 10, 2007
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    Of All the Stupid Excuses for Transferring Power to Government

    One of the hottest topics in Asheville today is Mayor Terry Bellamy’s visit to Massachusetts (at taxpayer expense) to speak with representatives of Staples about their evil sign and their wall of mass destruction. If I were pretty and articulate enough to be mayor for a day, this is…
    Leslee Kulba, September 8, 2007
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    NCLB Reauthorization

    Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Cliff Dodson announced at the last board meeting that he was going to remind Congressman Heath Shuler about some major issues his school district is having with No Child Left Behind. NCLB, as you surely know, is up for re-authorization, and Dodson expects this will become…
    Leslee Kulba, September 7, 2007
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    It’s a Beautiful Day for a Neighbor, Would You Be Mine?

    I had a conversation with a couple of my neighbors tonight. They’re both HIV-positive. One refuses to officially work so he can be eligible for public assistance with his monthly $1500 pharmaceutical bills. The libertopian solution, as we all know, would get rid of lobbyists for the insurance and pharmaceutical…
    Leslee Kulba, September 6, 2007