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Don’t Play with Your Ballot

Somebody started a rumor that voters filling out the paper ballots in Buncombe County could fill in the straight party ellipse of their choice, and then deselect particular candidates by filling in the appropriate ellipses below. I have heard from two other people, including a higher-up from the Board of Elections, that doing this will invalidate the ballot. Not privy to the ballot scoring code, I do not know who is correct, but at least you are smart enough not to try anything that might invalidate your ballot. The unspecified higher-up also assured me hurricane touchdown areas will be ready for voting by or before election day.

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The Town of Columbus must recycle its recycling bins. The receptacles haven’t been used in two years, because the town has “no means” to empty them. Nearby towns aren’t interested in them for the same reason. Officials don’t think Columbus can sell them to a private party because they were acquired via a state grant.

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Ignore Those Unintended Consequences

Everybody loves those little curly-fry lightbulbs that fade upholstery and artwork and, some allege, contribute to skin cancer. Drawing down fewer kilowatt-hours, they provide the same number of lumens as incandescents, and they last ten times longer. But, as you know, they contain mercury vapor, which necessitates evacuation of premises for five to ten minutes should one break. Landfilling the little beasties could cause mercury to leak into the water system to mess with the fishies and any humans who might eat them; but to date it is only illegal for businesses to waste their bulbs.

To help the green lights become green again, Macon County shall soon start a program. County employees will pick up the bulbs, perhaps on foot, on bicycles, or in cars that run on electricity not supplied by coal-burning plants. They will then presumably use the same modes of transport to get the poisonous monstrosities across the state line for “processing.” Until then, residents can take the bulbs to Lowe’s, take them to Johnson City or Asheville – on their bikes, of course – or “take heavy duty trash bags, break them into little bits and bring them back” to Macon County’s solid waste facility, where something magic will happen to green the mercury.

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Because Fishies Prefer Bottled Water

The NC Division of Water Quality has awarded the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy $200,000 to implement best practices to prevent pesticides, fertilizer, and dirt from running into Mills River. Is it a stretch to assume in the near future “they” will have to enrich streams with vitamins, minerals, and biomass found in the dirt that is now prohibited from tagging along with the water cycle?

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Time for a Soprano?

Urban planning was only one contributor to the looming economic collapse. It is circular to say production is good for economies, and yet elected officials in Maggie Valley are still fending their town from the likes of a manufacturer who would dare to usurp the “tenor” of the tourist town.

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Highly Recommended

If you redistribute the wealth of the industrious to those who only wish to schlep around, you grow the schlepping around economic sector, with its corresponding reverberations on the GDP. I highly recommend an article published by the Cato Institute in 2007, entitled, “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies.” It is cleverly-written in non-technical language; and it might give you ammo for some of those uninformed arguments that keep resurfacing. Here’s the link:


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Mission Accomplished?

Funny. I haven’t heard any Randroids capitalizing on the fact that the lights went out in New York.

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Talk about the Weather

Everything’s find up here. I could send condolences, but those who really need them are not going to be reading this.

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Hey, Babe. Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell shared this essay that will tell you what an evil dummy you are if you ever harbored libertarian dogma. The essayist appears to want to pick a fight, and he caught me on a very bad day.

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Government Knows

Whatever happened to that weird notion of trading value for value?

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