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    . . . When They Should Be Picking on the Fire Department

    It looks like Asheville’s fire department has a case of the gimmes. The Asheville Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 865 announced their endorsement of the candidacy of incumbent City Councilman Bryan Freeborn. Their reasons are: * He pushed for a 2% matching 401(a) retirement for firefighters who voluntarily opted out of Social…
    Leslee Kulba, September 6, 2007
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    One Way to Be Good Stewards of Tax Dollars

    Last night the Buncombe County Commissioners received a report on the county’s efforts to become more energy-efficient. General Services Director Greg Israel said he was able to offset the annual 11% increase in energy costs through implementing green building measures. Reportedly, Israel has saved the county millions of dollars…
    Leslee Kulba, September 5, 2007
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    Where Is the Eden That We Dreamed of?

    The Buncombe County Commissioners are still learning the ropes about zoning. They’ve established that spot zoning is not permissible, but Commissioner David Gantt continues to ask, for the sake of the viewing audience, for distinctions between the different zonings.  Buncombe County Zoning Administrator Jim Coman explained the not-so-self-evident basics. Now…
    Leslee Kulba, September 4, 2007
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    Quit the Clowning, and Protect Our Liberties for a Change

    Dennis Justice resigned as webmaster for the Henderson County Republican Party. His reason, basically, is that he cannot support Charles Taylor in another run for Congress, a race Justice feels Taylor will surely lose. Furthermore, he finds Taylor’s “non-response,” to the question of whether or not he intends…
    Leslee Kulba, September 3, 2007
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    Too Many People Making Too Many Problems, and Not Enough Love to Go Around

    The Citizen-Times reports that Broughton Hospital will (temporarily) lose $1 million in federal funding. The cut is intended to hold the institution accountable for a second incidence of improper care. In actual terms, it could represent another small dereliction of government’s number-one responsibility. Following the asphyxiation of Anthony Dewayne Lowery by…
    Leslee Kulba, September 1, 2007
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    Afraid of a Pig Farm Nextdoor?

    Buncombe County recently enacted countywide zoning. The county commissioners are now scheduled to hear zoning requests #54-#69 at their next meeting. They will also consider two amendments to the zoning ordinance. The extended meetings are an annoyance to Chairman Nathan Ramsey, a Republican who voted against zoning and keeps…
    Leslee Kulba, August 31, 2007
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    DHS: Protecting Your Country From Solvency

    The City of Asheville had to hire three firemen to keep its certifications up. It had (at least) two options for funding: 1) It could make a budget amendment, but this would reduce the fund balance. The city’s budget is already stretched, sponsoring programs for education and outreach, hosting luncheons…
    Leslee Kulba, August 30, 2007
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    Why You Should Relocate Your Business in Asheville

    It at first appeared just to be something drummed up for an election issue. Progressive candidates for the 2005 city council elections needed something with community buy-in, rally points to show they could protect the people from big business. And so two changes downtown were hyped into real juggernauts. One…
    Leslee Kulba, August 30, 2007