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    I Expect This to Be Unpopular

    One error I frequently make is to judge an issue to be partisan when its proponents are of one political persuasion, and its opponents the other. Of course, I have never met a person who admits to embracing issues because they are dictated by party lines. One issue I continue…
    Leslee Kulba, October 18, 2007
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    Selling Vice More Honestly

    Weaverville is considering merging its ABC board with that of the City of Asheville. Asheville’s ABC system is now the 11th most profitable in the state. This was not the case a few years ago. One of the system’s best situated stores realized embarrassingly low profit margins. Unbelievable numbers…
    Leslee Kulba, October 17, 2007
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    And Then A Miracle Happened

    Asheville had a good city council meeting tonight. Amongst the silly proclamations, Travis Miller, a Junior Lifeguard, was recognized for saving a life. Then, Dr. Carl Mumpower yanked four questionable items from the consent agenda for separate votes. He lost 6-1 on all votes, but it was good to…
    Leslee Kulba, October 16, 2007
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    Only Fifty-Eight Grand

    The big buzz on the streets is the scandalous $58,500, plus or minus, in unreported political contributions from the Eastern Band of Cherokee [Native Americans]. Evidently the record keeping wasn’t very good, and $4000 in checks were allegedly voided because candidates never cashed them. Some candidates show contributions the…
    Leslee Kulba, October 15, 2007
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    Time to Redistribute the Wealth

    Tuesday, the Buncombe County Commissioners are likely to approve an allocation of tax revenues from the Ellington to affordable housing. The Ellington is a skyscraper that will be either approved or denied by Asheville City Council later the same night. The developers have already created a trust fund so…
    Leslee Kulba, October 15, 2007
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    Why Can’t We Find Qualified Math & Science Teachers?

    Asheville City Council will receive a report on the Asheville Initiative for Mathematics this Tuesday. The thirty-one-page report doesn’t say exactly what will be done in terms of instructional methods or mathematical algorithms. The initiative will create a “community advisory group made up of educators and business leaders in…
    Leslee Kulba, October 13, 2007
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    But Can We Have the Day Off, Mayor?

    Asheville City Council meetings normally start at 5:00 and stretch toward 11:00pm. Not only do the elected representatives like to talk for the cameras, they have very important things to do – like make proclamations. A few weeks ago, the Western North Carolina Aids Project was recognized for the…
    Leslee Kulba, October 12, 2007
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    Abominations Wrapped All Pretty in Children

    I recall reading a review of a Stephen King novel in which a political candidate ruined his career by cowering behind a child as guns were being fired. It was surely purely fiction, as even a corrupt lottery can be candy coated in children. Now, it is no surprise that…
    Leslee Kulba, October 12, 2007