Giving up corporate pork

This week's column is about my recent decision to give up corporate pork.

After I wrote the column, I had the pleasure of attending quite an event and hearing Carlo Petrini speak. There's audio of his remarks and photos at The Carrboro Citizen's new site dedicated to our area's rich agriculture and food traditions. Please take a look at Land & Table and tell me what you think.

Here's the column:

Washington, D.C. Love(x7) Fest

Some of you might remember a couple of weeks ago when Mo and I were cryptically envious of our friend Lovex7 and a trip she was making. We can now expose her escapades in Washington, D.C. It's kinda like "Debbie Does Dallas", only not so much....well, actually, it isn't like that at all. Love said I could post her pictures. What she doesn't know is that I'm using her words. Oh, I left out anything personal or potentially embarrassing. I'm not that mean!

Senator Kinnaird, your legacy awaits.

One of my favorite quotes is that "One man with courage makes a majority", which is sexist of course, so let's rewrite it "One Senator with courage makes a majority". I just received the following update from Action for Children North Carolina.

The Senate is meeting in private to construct its version of the two-year budget. Rumors are that the Senate leadership still plans to sunset the temporary taxes, which means they have about $300 million less to use to meet state needs. Senate Leaders are working to present a completed budget on Tuesday, May 29, and there are several troubling omissions.

Expanding Affordable Health Insurance to More Children UNFUNDED – Latest word is the Senate IS NOT funding Kids’ Care, also called Carolina Cares for Children, the health insurance proposal included in the House and Governor Easley’s recommended budgets. This is supported by the NC Pediatric Society, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, the Hospital Association, the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children and many others. Senators need to hear from you immediately about the importance of making affordable health insurance available to more children.

Republican purity

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The NCDP site has a blurb up about the incredible shrinking Republican Party in North Carolina hanging together to oppose the apology the General Assembly has approved for the 1898 racial hatred and violence in Wilmington.

Every single GOP Representative, with one exception, voted against the apology for a shameful episode in North Carolina's history. While the North Carolina Republican Party has not given any reason for its opposition, their unity in doing so betrays a calculated effort. Either the GOP does not believe that General Assembly has any reason to apologize, or they are willing to let partisan politics take precedence over doing what is right. Regardless, the GOP elected to oppose Democratic Representatives working for a more inclusive North Carolina.

Shuler Votes to Stay The Course In Iraq

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Heath Shuler, who campaigned on altering the course in Iraq, voted with the majority yesterday in funding Bush’s strategy there. Shuler and the rest of the Democrats blinked in the face of Bush’s intransigence and their own ridiculous fears about being portrayed as troop haters by the 30-some percent of voters who support the current effort. I’ve been pragmatic about Congressman Shuler, trusting that he’d stand with progressives more than 50% of the time. I was wrong. No more free ride for Heath Shuler from this Hooligan, his series of remarkably bad votes of late are capped by this historically pathetic buckling to a petulant, incompetent executive branch.


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