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Jul
16

What’s Yer Theme Song?

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Well, in case you missed it, our own Gordon Smith made it official and will stand for reelection on Asheville’s City Council. According to the internets he is also standing for “re-election” but hey, who you gonna trust Webster or the AP style book?

While a lot of politics comes down to issues as narrowly focused and weighty as hyphen usage, there are also questions and arguments that are very fundamental to our society, and extremely important to everyone. I’m glad that we have people around like Gordon who are willing to wade into those arguments, large and small, and work to make our town the best it can be.

I think it’s very appropriate then, at this juncture, for all of us to suggest to Mr. Smith some possible campaign theme songs for his consideration. And since I got here first, I’ll put up my suggestion. Read More→

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Jul
15

They Finally Got Their Tax Deal

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There has been a tax deal reached. We can all breathe again. I’m still looking for a complete picture of the new lay of the tax landscape in North Carolina. I’m no expert, but I’m betting some of you are, and I’d like to know how you think they did putting the package together.

If I heard right, it means among other things a flat state tax, and the lowest corporate tax rate in the South. It means the state will take in half a billion dollars less in revenue by 2015. It means no more tax holidays. No more NC estate tax. Goods and services previously exempt from sales tax will now have to pay up.

My own opinion is that they are in bad need of some revision and reform in the tax system that are more operational. They do not seem to have addressed any of the burdensome tax bureaucracy bullshit to try to save money on the cost of running a state department of that size and scope rather than just slashing the tires of the machinery of state. no streamlining, no improvements in reporting, no reductions in accounting paperwork. My accountant will be pleased.

They did just made a bunch of right wing tax dreams come true though, so that’s something.

Share what you know, say what you will, and do what you think best.

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Jun
06

Two Speeches

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It occurred to me tonight to juxtapose two speeches. I was reminded of the first by Digby, who posted The Day of Affirmation speech by Robert Kennedy, from 1966. That led me to remember the second, the famous “Yes We Can” speech by President Obama which was his message upon coming in second in the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Clinton early in 2008. Read More→

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Apr
28

Valance Nation

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A while back now, I read a piece by Terry O’ Keefe in which he references The Wild One, a quintessentially American movie, to illustrate a point about how the public presence of guns violates the sanctity of the public sphere.

But as relates to the gun issue in America, I’ll take The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance if picking movies. Read More→

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Apr
10

Dear Friends, Let Us Pray

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Or not. I couldn’t help but notice a little noise in Scru-ville about the Mayor’s entreaty to those of the persuasion to pray and fast to make the big bad budget troubles go away.

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Apr
04

Let’s See…

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If I’ve got this straight a few years from now here’s what could be happening: Read More→

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Mar
28

Water Bill Open Thread

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Well, the long-awaited water bill has been introduced. The rest is just sticky stuff, slightly awkward disentanglements and goodbyes, as far as I can see.

What next, Asheville?

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I’ve been doing some reading, and you know how dangerous that is. Here is a cross-post from Ascend (of Asheville) with a suggestion for our next great development zone. How do you feel about such things? What do you know about the current planning for development in the city? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Mar
01

Sequester Deadline Open Thread

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The world will not actually end tonight when all of these forced budget cuts come down the pike. They have to be phased in by the end of the year if nothing happens between now and then and, as with all things, once it goes from the hyper-partisan theater of Congress to the agencies responsible, actual thought can be put into play to soften the blow to the average person, save as many jobs as possible, and generally make do, as we Americans are supposed to be so good at. Read More→

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Folks, the beginning of the end is here, for North Carolina at least. I’m not talking about the Mayan calendar, although if that thing carries a curse with it I might be convinced.

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