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    Just don’t forget they’re “cut to the bone with only the essentials left”

    Bear that in mind when you’re reading this about NC State’s “environmental czar” going through trashcans outside student dining halls looking for recyclables. “It’s a new position at a university finally joining the ranks of environmentally forward-thinking campuses,” which apparently involves aping old Virginia Slims slogans. “We’re looking at…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    The Mec Dec and Captain Jack

    The head of the historical association down in Charlotte-Mecklenburg has a piece today that reminds us of the region?s revolutionary history. While some doubt the authenticity of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of 1775, the first in the American colonies, the subsequent Mecklenburg Resolves are substantiated and clearly constitute…
    Locker Room contributor, May 18, 2004
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    Re: more on Brown v. The Board

    The problem with Brown is that the justices employed social science to justify their decision: the Doll Test comes to mind. However, Plessy was flawed for the reason Harlan stated. The Court had an opportunity to settle the issue then. Harlan’s dissent provided the constitutional rationale for that path. Brown…
    Locker Room contributor, May 17, 2004
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    On electronic-voting and snafus

    Snafu isn’t synonymous with a screw-up, John. A snafu is a situation that by its nature is habitually beset with screw-ups. Snafu is a word that is often used incorrectly ? or perhaps better stated, incompletely. It is an acronym of military origin (circa World War II) that means “Situation…
    Locker Room contributor, May 17, 2004
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    More on electronic-voting snafus

    Those who attended Monday’s Shaftesbury Society meeting and heard David Allen speak about problems with computerized voting might want to take a look at this Christian Science Monitor piece for more background on voting screw-ups in California. And to those didn’t attend Allen’s Shaftesbury speech at the Locke…
    Locker Room contributor, May 17, 2004
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    more on Brown v. The Board

    As I noted last week, Thomas Sowell doesn’t think that Brown is especially a cause for celebration. There are quite a few commentators, however, who are wringing their hands over the imaginary “rollback” of Brown as America supposedly “resegregates.” For some good sense on that, read Peter Kirsanow”s NRO…
    Locker Room contributor, May 17, 2004
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    Note to UNC: Before you jump the gun on chancellor pay …

    Marye Anne Fox’s exit from NC State for UC-San Diego has reignited the question of whether UNC pays its _________s (footnote 1) enough. As The News & Observer reports, Fox is paid $248,225 at NC State and will earn $350,000 at UCSD, and therefore UNC Board of Governors members…
    Locker Room contributor, May 17, 2004
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    Re: transportation trivia

    Oh, but there is state money to pave a mile long stretch in RTP to serve 25 percent of the employees of one company. Do I even need to name the company?…
    Locker Room contributor, May 17, 2004