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Thursday, July, 31 2014

Indulgences to Unindulge

First, the Catholic Church took your money to keep the little man in the red Spandex away. Then, the Mafiosi took it to keep the arsonists away. Now, TSA is taking it to keep the blue gloves out of your, ejem, personal property. They are allowing people to buy their freedom from unreasonable search and […]

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Do Require a Tasting Room

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has hopped on the bandwagon in designing a curriculum for – Hey, did you hear the one about . . . Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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This Audience Is Immature

If anybody cared to look in my toolkit for functional incompetency, they would find among other treasures one that advises the user to stay away from hype. It is a great way not to think and be right 95% of the time, on matters of hype, that is. But when somebody became interested in building […]

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Lost

People are getting fired up about what some are referring to as a “Second Coming” of Mountain Moral Monday. I received an email full of dead links indicating hot topics this year will include fighting for gay marriage and opposing Israel in any Middle Eastern conflicts. People are asked to bring signs to Pack Place […]

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Western N.C.'s Greatest Hits

Transit system impact

Asheville's transit system has the smallest impact on regional travel, according to a report by Dr. David Hartgen of UNCC.

Asheville congestion

Future road congestion could threaten North Carolina’s economy, but Asheville is better prepared for congestion than most other N.C. cities.

Shuler and amnesty

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., and several Republican members of Congress try get Senate to resist attempts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

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Research

By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

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