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    Won’t Ever Lose a Bus Again

    Henderson County has spent $50,000 equipping school buses with GPS trackers. An article in the Hendersonville Times-News shows how flashy the whole program is, but doesn’t tell us how many buses went missing or kept showing up late to school before the district had to resort to this.
    Leslee Kulba, March 18, 2016
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    Asheville Redefines Primary Care

    Imagine being a man trapped in a woman’s body, being liberated with a gender-changing operation, and then reverting to womanhood for lack of money to pay for hormone treatment. Fortunately, the Minnie Jones Health Center, run by Western North Carolina Community Health, offers transgender healthcare. Minnie Jones serves low-income and…
    Leslee Kulba, March 18, 2016
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    I, Too, Want It All

    Sylva has been visioning up a lovely streetscape, and now, presto-change-o, taxes must go up. Saith the Sylva Herald: It’s uncertain whether new board members’ arguments that paying the local tax levy is a privilege and honor will resonate with Sylva residents when a higher rate kicks in.
    Leslee Kulba, March 17, 2016
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    Symbol Wars

    The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that North Carolina can have a license plate that says “Choose Life” without also offering an abortion advocacy statement. This is a reversal of an earlier decision that the plate represented “blatant viewpoint discrimination and was squarely at odds with the First…
    Leslee Kulba, March 17, 2016
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    Creative Workarounds to Split Vote 99 Ways

    The local news cycle remains slow. We’re probably all still trying to steady our knees every morning with each scary blow in the national news cycle. Ever since the wee hours this morning, I’ve heard talk of starting a third party to run a “real conservative” against Donald Trump. Funny.
    Leslee Kulba, March 17, 2016
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    How to Get a Nice Downtown without Any Visioning

    A few articles (1, 2, 3) in the Smoky Mountain News today pertain to downtown revitalizations. Not that my ideas are invited, but any downtown that is really nice – not friendly, down-home nice, but streetscape nice – has an affluent tax base and a high tax…
    Leslee Kulba, March 16, 2016
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    Can’t Trust the Highest Bidder

    The City of Asheville is advertising for three at-large community visioneers to serve on a committee to determine what ought to be done with a couple city properties. Committees are so last-year, so this committee is being called the Advisory Team (capitalized). As with most city advisory committees, though,…
    Leslee Kulba, March 16, 2016
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    Facts

    Yesterday was primary day, and the pundits are trying to spin the results. Listening to a number of stations, I have heard dreadful delegate counts, and you surely are aware of how candidates scoring 3 percent of the vote are “surging.” For state and local results, I went to:…
    Leslee Kulba, March 16, 2016