LTE - Raiding of Clean Water Management Trust Fund

In response to “Loss of grants squelches conservation efforts” (April 5):

Ill effects of Perdue's raid extend to local conservation

The writer is chairman, Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Gov. Perdue's raiding of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund will harm not only land trusts but also many smaller organizations.

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District had a $70,000 grant from the trust fund to support our nationally acclaimed Urban Cost Share Program, which paid 75 percent of 10 different actions homeowners, schools and churches could take to reduce and clean storm water runoff before it reached to our streams.

Gray Newman

Mint Hill

How 'bout dem Heels!

What a game. My closest friend is from Michigan. Her son is a Michigan State fan and wore his green over tonight. I still let him eat.

Great game....and now it is time to get back to politics.

What's on your radar this week?

What else I said about Kay Hagan

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Barb Barrett from the McClatchy newspapers. She's a good interviewer and I'm not a good interviewee. There's a reason I'm a writer. I tend to ramble when I speak. I wrote a transcript of my comments and wanted to share them with you. I think you'll get the gist of Barb's questions as I go along. I'm afraid I didn't really give her what she was looking for, but she did honestly portray one sentiment I expressed. Unfortunately, the piece wasn't titled, "What Betsy Muse thinks of Kay Hagan's job so far," so much of what I said was left out.

The N&O can't quit the Show

Last month I resubscribed to the Raleigh News and Observer after nearly three years of protest. Though I still consider the editorial pages the weakest link in their value chain, Zabouti helped me understand that having a subscription was part of my civic duty. Today, as a full-price paying customer, I recognize I have another duty as well - to call out the good, the bad and the ugly when I see it. This weekend's editorial pages offer an excellent case in point.

Open Thread - How Does Your Garden Grow?

I will be a bit absent today while I finish putting in my garden. I'm not complaining about the rain, but it has made it difficult to finish putting in my veggies. This year I'm putting in strawberries, sweet onions, pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, black beans, bush beans (green), pole beans(green), limas, bell peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, peas, broccoli, squash - yellow and butternut, zucchini, cantaloupe, herbs (annuals and perennials), okra, carrots, radishes, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce and mesclun. My garden is about 1500 square feet. In other areas of the yard I will have birdhouse gourds, pumpkins and watermelons.

Richard Burr Blocks Nomination of Disabled Iraq War Vet, Major Tammy Duckworth

Just when we thought that Richard Burr couldn't outdo himself, jimstaro at dKos lets us know that he's holding up Tammy Duckworth's nomination to a key post at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to the AP, Burr, the ranking Republican on the Veterans Affairs Committee, asked the committee to hold off on sending her nomination to the full Senate until he can ask more questions. Um, Richard? Unless you were sleeping through the hearings, you should have had time to ask your precious questions.

I look at this and I wonder--why in the world do Repub Senators from our state seem to lack any sort of decency? First Liddy's disgusting ads, now this.

You guys know what to do--pester Burr. Now.

Senator Richard Burr
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