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    Tilting the Other Way

    Why do politicians who give away taxpayer dollars in the name of economic development say they are just trying to “level the playing field?” The truth is they are trying to tilt the playing field in the opposite direction. The other claim, that they are trying to “stop runaway…
    Locker Room contributor, August 17, 2004
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    Woodstock Had Better Accommodations

    While not exactly extending a warm welcome to those attending the Republican National Convention, the New York Times says residents of the city are opening up their arms (and dwellings) for protesters to come and stay. Times photo caption: “Scores of New Yorkers are opening their apartments, churches…
    Locker Room contributor, August 17, 2004
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    Oh, and the John Locke Faction, Too

    Here is your quote of the day, in a News & Observer article about the funding of Charlotte’s and the Triangle’s rail transit systems: “We’ve developed a right nasty clutch of opponents to anything transit, and they inhabit AM radio, and they are kind of like some of the…
    Locker Room contributor, August 17, 2004
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    Cuneiform or be cast out

    Let’s continue the “Locker Room History of Mesopotamia” with this bit of prose from The Babylonians, a somewhat-misleadingly titled book that has become my bedtime reading this month. The book actually tells the entire story of the region, from prehistoric times to the onset of the Persian Empire. The so-called…
    Locker Room contributor, August 16, 2004
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    UNC-Charlotte prof not crying in the wilderness

    James Tabor, a religious studies professor at UNC-Charlotte, shows up occasionally on the History Channel programs I like to watch (never, never let anybody tell you there’s nothing to watch on television — they either lack cable/satellite or are woefully misinformed). Now Tabor has a new claim to fame: the…
    Locker Room contributor, August 16, 2004
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    fuzzy math

    Just today, I saw that a book has recently book published with the remarkably whiny title “Why is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools?” Well, one reason might just be that kids graduate without knowing as much about math as fourth graders used to. Linda Shrock Taylor makes a terrific…
    Locker Room contributor, August 16, 2004
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    Compassion and Price Gouging (corrected)

    Want the quickest possible relief from the effects of a natural disaster? Price gouging is the answer. Hurricane Charley has devastated vast areas of Florida, creating a need for all kinds of repair and emergency materials. Predictably, the politics of price controls has reared its head, and is ready to…
    Locker Room contributor, August 16, 2004
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    Clueless Union Members at US Airways

    Pity US Airways CEO Bruce Lakefield. His airline is reportedly teetering on bankruptcy unless new labor agreements are forged to cut costs. This would be the airline’s second bankruptcy filing. Yet, labor unions continue to obstruct Lakefield’s efforts to rescue the business. And according to this Washington Post story,…
    Locker Room contributor, August 16, 2004