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I Know. Let’s Raise Corporate Taxes.

Honeywell announced it shall close its Mars Hill plant. That might create a job for an unemployment agent. Representatives from the plant cite efficiencies as the reason. It would not be fair to speculate why the company, which employs 130,000 globally, considered its other locations more efficient; nor would it be kind for government, which considers itself to be in charge of job creation, to do some introspective evaluation. Change is good.

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Want an Award?

I’ll probably be proven wrong, and we’ll find out the police chief was having an affair with an overly-promoted underling, and they murdered somebody to cover up the fact that they’d been stealing pain killers by the barrel from the evidence room. Then, I swung a deal with the DA and an evil dictator south of the border to pretend the police were justified in not releasing information on an ongoing investigation just so I could get those diamond earrings I’ve been coveting. But in the meantime, I am very unimpressed by local media outlets treating their lawsuit like it is news just about every day of the week. Maybe if they discovered that sixteen, instead of seventeen, hits of crack went missing; then we would all know the water system rightly belongs to the Biltmore Estate.

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Awareness Is Not

What is man, but a sucker who embraces dorky hype to avoid reason?

I understand a lot of desperation and courage drives indigent, oppressed huddled masses to a country where they don’t speak the language and get treated like scum. Personally, I would be supportive of immigration laws that welcome more hard-working people into citizenship. But this is downright ghetto.

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Nonbinding Rigmarole

If there’s news, I’m not seeing it today. Asheville City Council continued their last formal meeting until this afternoon. Then, they went into closed session for about half an hour and emerged only to say they were not going to change the wording on the referendum ballot. Despite the well-intended efforts of concerned individuals, I still fail to see a good reason for the vote; especially in these days when it is considered weird to take anything literally. The blurb is to read:

Shall the City of Asheville undertake the sale or lease of its water treatment system and water distribution system?

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But What Does It Mean?

A Duke University study to ascertain “what it means to grow up in Western North Carolina” has been going on for two decades. Beginning in 1993, the survey consisted of professional annual interviews of 1450 children. The interviews occur less frequently now, due to a lack of funding.

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These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Hey, all you crazy terrorists, the UN has designated September 21 to be an International Day of Peace, so no violence, OK?

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Tourist Branding that Works

First of all, it is a shame that the government that is supposed to be protecting inalienable Constitutional rights presumes its loyal subjects must pay it $90 every five years, take a course, and get fingerprinted in order to exercise their rights. Those who want to be good citizens find themselves spitting in the face of the Supreme Law of the Land, while those who don’t care a rip about law and order can have all the guns they want. In modern logic, one loves the chi-i-i-i-i-ildren by waving Kleenex, lip balm, or other approved items at mass murders in action.

Second of all, Western North Carolina has a new marketing strategy that may work better than painting buses or giving oodles of tax breaks to large corporations that would relocate to the area anyway. Of the ten NC counties with the highest per capita concealed carry permit rates, all are west of Charlotte. In first place is Cherokee County. It is followed by Mitchell, Macon, Graham, and Clay.

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And She’s Buying a Stairway to Heaven

Some elements of the Tryon Town Council wish to levy a 1% prepared food and beverage tax. Proceeds would go toward beautification to attract more tourists. Wim Woody and George Baker think that is a hair-brained idea.

The argument goes like this: The Town of Tryon is short on cash. People aren’t spending discretionary income on travel. Therefore, the town should raise the price of visiting it so it can plant flowers and build gazebos that people can’t afford to visit, anyway. Rephrased:

When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.

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At the end of their meeting Monday night, Macon County Board of Education members were notified that the school system would be out of cash by May 2013 if it continues on its current spending track.

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Using Debt to Make Nature Natural

We managed to come thus far without it. But, oh, no! The Eastern Band of the Cherokee will receive $302,300 to turn 108 acres of natural area in Franklin into a politically-correct preserve with formal trails, interpretation, and green history. The award is part of $3.5 million the US Forest Service discovered somewhere in the federal deficit.

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