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    Seizures

    Asheville knocks the top off the chart when it comes to drug arrests. The problem is, the criminals ride the revolving door of the supersaturated judicial system only to set up shop again, soon, in a neighborhood near you. This is more of a state and federal problem, but a…
    Leslee Kulba, July 24, 2007
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    Baiting the Small Business Vote

    Should businesses that pay more than minimum wage with healthcare benefits, located in mixed-use, “impoverished” regions, be eligible for tax credits? Asheville intends to name Urban Progress Zones to do just that. One proposed UPZ includes a rather wealthy historic district and crosses the highway through old neighborhoods all…
    Leslee Kulba, July 24, 2007
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    Liberty = Less Trauma for Others

    So, there I was, at my parents’ house, loafing outside under a ficus tree, reading the words of Lord Acton when the telephone rang. You must understand, getaway vacations are valuable at this stage of my life where I have become the Ashevillage Idiot. For some reason, folks think I…
    Leslee Kulba, July 20, 2007
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    Keeping up with the Law – An Extreme Sport in Asheville

    Asheville City Councilman Brownie Newman is being lobbied to change the way Asheville votes again. Council recently, and just in time for the next election, voted to change the city charter to make elections partisan. Counting Asheville, only ten of over 500 municipalities in North Carolina have partisan municipal elections.
    Leslee Kulba, July 20, 2007
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    Arbitrary & Capricious Pseudoscience

    Asheville City Council has been grappling for months with how to define parameters for a pending steep slopes ordinance. A three-year-old initiative to streamline the UDO to make Asheville more development-friendly went south under the direction of Asheville’s new Progressive leadership. City planners are now working to strengthen and broaden…
    Leslee Kulba, July 11, 2007
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    Oh, Give Me a Home!

    Asheville is becoming a mecca for the homeless. Since city council adopted the Ten-Year-Plan to End Homelessness two years ago, people have noted increases in vagrancies. A man who works for the homeless in Marion confirmed rumors that other municipalities are busing the homeless to Asheville. He said often when…
    Leslee Kulba, July 11, 2007
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    Speaking with One Voice Against Diversity

    One of the hottest topics in Asheville is the partisan/nonpartisan election debate. Council voted June 12 to change the city charter to make elections partisan. This would give those who asked for and supported the change a major statistical advantage, as registered Democrats (58%) outnumber Republicans (20%) in Asheville. Even…
    Leslee Kulba, July 11, 2007
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    Welcome to Asheville

    Welcome to Western North Carolina, renowned for its resplendent natural beauty. Our people are largely rugged individualists who managed to hold on to their Second Amendment rights. For the most part, they stay staked out in the boondocks. It isn’t unusual out here for a sheriff to build up a…
    Leslee Kulba, July 10, 2007