Wild West Import (page 9)

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    After the Police State, the Police Market

    There are problems with Internet sales. Caveat emptor is too much to ask of The Wee People. We need the police to step in and provide safe places. People may now trade under video surveillance at police stations or set an appointment to have a live deputy on-hand. The…
    Leslee Kulba, February 16, 2016
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    Give Said the LITTLE Stream

    The Buncombe County Commissioners will be asked to give over $7 million in money (from taxpayers who can’t afford to buy their children food or shoes) to outside agencies. The spiel now is that these organizations supplant tax-paid services. An example might be the Asheville Art Museum, a subject so…
    Leslee Kulba, February 16, 2016
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    Creating Jobs & Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates

    We hear complaints about the proliferation of hotels downtown. We hear complaints about sprawl. But nobody is complaining about Buncombe County’s takeover of downtown. Back when I moved to town, and for several years afterward, the only county offices of which I had any awareness were the courthouse and the…
    Leslee Kulba, February 15, 2016
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    Pose Crime & Garbage a Threat in Mills River?

    The Town of Mills River is letting the peeps decide whether they want their local taxes to pay for enhanced police service or garbage collection. Interested parties may respond in person, by phone, or via an internet survey; and they’re on the honor system for correctly answering the question…
    Leslee Kulba, February 15, 2016
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    Is There an Empiricist in the House?

    Saith the Smoky Mountain News: Fears that a controversial economics policy center coming to Western Carolina University will be a vehicle to advance conservative, laissez-faire market theories have been partially quelled with the creation of a rigorous and robust faculty oversight board. . . . The proposed Center for…
    Leslee Kulba, February 15, 2016
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    In Case You Crave Reason

    Seriously, two books I’m reviewing this week are highly recommended: Going for Broke, by Michael D. Tanner and The Cult of the Presidency, by Gene Healy. Methinks their reading would be better preparation for the campaign season than watching TV to see that one must vote for this one because…
    Leslee Kulba, February 13, 2016
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    “But You Control Who You Know”

    Perhaps it is true that government is inhabited by angels and the masses are but crude knaves. An article celebrating the City of Asheville’s Youth Leadership Academy says: “During their internships, CAYLA students are placed into an adult-centric world, where they encounter, often for the first time, the hidden…
    Leslee Kulba, February 13, 2016
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    Wiki/Google Won’t Help with This One, Either

    The Rosman Board of Aldermen unanimously rejected a proposal to create a NRA (National Recreation Area) in Pisgah National Forest. The proposal to create the NRA was neatly packaged in a declaration prepared by thirty-seven environmental groups. Advocates say the NRA would have no downsides and not affect much.
    Leslee Kulba, February 12, 2016