Submitted by Ashevillein on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 5:25pm
The North Carolina Public Interest Research Group released a study this week which places North Carolina second, behind Ohio, for the highest level of power plant pollutants released into the air in 2004. Come on, Progress. Come on Duke. We can do better. Number 2 is the first loser, right guys?
Every day in America, industrial facilities release millions of pounds of toxic substances into the nation’s air and water. Many Americans – especially those who live in close proximity to industrial facilities –harbor deep concern about how those toxic releases may affect their health.
Harbor deep concern about those toxic releases affecting their health. Go figure. I mean, it's not like we have County Commissioners and power companies making secret deals to build just such industrial facilities upwind from cities... oh, wait, here in Buncombe County we do. And it is not like industry would lie about their ambitions and facts about their pollution... oh wait, they do that too.
I'm not exactly thrilled with the idea that Jim Black's staffers will still walk the halls of the lege, but I'm also not ready to jump on Saunders' "vast conspiracy" bandwagon that requires a guilt by association label be placed on all individuals who at any time had anything to do with Jim Black.
Oh, Saunders has his snark on and he's cute with his Randy Jackson (American Idol) imitation, but his accusation that Rogers and Wilkins were '....."totally deep" in the abuses that might send Black to prison,' is inaccurate based on facts presented at other times in Saunders' own newspaper.
Submitted by Robert P. on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 11:06am
The One Corps will be hosting house parties tonight throughout the United States. I'm going to paste some information from the JRE Blog below, but to find a house party near you, go here. There are at least 20 house parties within 50 miles of Chapel Hill, using that search. If you are in Chapel Hill, there are three house parties, two open to choose from.
Today's the day!
Tonight thousands of us will be gathering in living rooms in all 50 states to share our vision for this country, and take the next steps toward making it real. John will also join in to share the latest from the campaign trail and answer questions over the phone.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Wed, 03/28/2007 - 10:29am
The women of BlueNC will return to the front page next Wednesday, April 5. We decided to reschedule today's WoW due to the instability of the site. While it is working pretty good right now, I was worried we could lose it at some point during the day.
However, We have some banners to try out in preparation for next week. We will situate one banner at the top of the page for the entire day and one banner will be sized down and will headline each post, much the way we do the "Breaking" and "Exclusive" banners. I can resize these to make sure they don't break the page.
Submitted by gregflynn on Tue, 03/27/2007 - 10:00am
The people who take 6% of the value of a home every time it is bought and sold are opposed to using 1% of the value of a home to pay for roads, sewers and, schools which help to maintain and increase the value of homes and our quality of life.
The virtual monopoly of Realtor®s (who have an actual monopoly on the word Realtor®) is spending thousands of dollars in a multi-media campaign opposed to a nominal land transfer tax. This is puzzling from a number of perspectives.
In North Carolina the provision of public services is largely dependent on property tax, sales tax and income tax. County and municipal governments are largely dependent on property tax and sales tax. Sales tax revenues are volatile and, in many cases, are regressive and only capture 1/3 of commercial transactions. Property tax is the beast of burden for counties and is overloaded by the costs of growth in booming areas and low property values in poor areas.
I'm glad to see any public conversation about the Navy's misguided plans to build an OLF in North Carolina, but this move by Senator Elizabeth Dole to request a public hearing in Charlotte is bordering on comical.
The Navy will hold a hearing in Charlotte next month on its controversial plan to build a practice landing field near an Eastern North Carolina wildlife refuge ... Atlantic Fleet spokesman Ted Brown said the Charlotte hearing will be April 17, with an informal information period 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a formal hearing 7-10 p.m. The location will be announced later.
House leaders say they will postpone consideration of a bill that would ban smoking from almost all workplaces that was tentatively scheduled for a vote Tuesday. "We've got 35-to-40 people undecided," said Rep. Hugh Holliman, a Davidson County Democrat and the House majority leader. There are 120 members of the House.
The bill would ban smoking in bars and restaurants as well as workplaces ranging from factory floors to office settings. Proponents say it will protect the health of workers. Opponents say it infringes on property owners rights.
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