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    Why Rail?

    John Kay wonders in the Financial Times why trains get funded when, “Building and maintaining busways costs a small fraction of the price of a tramway [light rail] and creates a fraction of the disruption.” He posits: Where rail transport is concerned, serious cost benefit…
    Locker Room contributor, March 29, 2005
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    In light of the latest Indonesian earthquake….

    A couple weeks ago on NBC 17’s “At Issue,” we featured a fund-raising project for victims of the December tsunami. What makes “Project Life Boat” a particularly hopeful and worthwhile effort is that it seeks to restore the lives of fishermen, not by giving them short-term benefits, but by…
    Locker Room contributor, March 28, 2005
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    Answers lead to more questions in PorkGate

    As I was perusing newspapers on Saturday, I found this in a story about Morgan’s defense of his “slush fund” appropriations by Florence Gilkeson. (from The Pilot) ?Not only were these projects recommended and funded by the legislature, but there were press releases issued on each grant,? Morgan said. Morgan…
    Locker Room contributor, March 28, 2005
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    Happy birthday, Alexis de Tocqueville

    The famed French observer of early America was born 200 years ago. Professor Gary Galles of Pepperdine University has written a nice appreciation of his philosophy here.
    Locker Room contributor, March 28, 2005
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    Stunningly Ungrateful in Durham

    Unfortunately for Capitol Broadcasting’s Jim Goodmon, no matter how much money, time and effort he invests in the Triangle — particularly in Durham — it will never be enough to those who show envy and anger toward the risk-takers and producers in our society. Take, for example, this item…
    Locker Room contributor, March 28, 2005
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    We aim to please. . .

    . . . So when House Speaker Jim Black complained recently to the Greensboro News & Record about the teminology of the latest legislative scandal, I took notice. It seems that the speaker doesn?t like the term ?discretionary? used to describe the accounts that he, Co-Speaker Richard Morgan, and…
    Locker Room contributor, March 28, 2005
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    Liberals and the role of government

    I find it interesting that liberals believe it is the role of government to guarantee a “living wage,” the right to health care, an education, a retirement income, and a host of other things. The two things that they do not seem to think it is the role of government…
    Locker Room contributor, March 26, 2005
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    Welcome to the Blogosphere!

    Folks in Mecklenburg fed up with the way their public schools are run have a new spot to swap stories. Welcome to the party Save CMS Kids. Of course, anyone who read my little ode to blogs a few weeks back already knew this kind of grassroots info-sharing…
    Locker Room contributor, March 25, 2005