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While Your Salamanders May Never Taste Silt

In another rare instance, government has been caught protecting the innocents. The Eastern Band of Cherokee is going to start fining perpetrators of domestic abuse $1000 per incident. On average, the tribal court issues about 120 restraining orders each year to protect potential victims. By way of comparison, Jackson and Macon Counties average 58 and 95 instances of domestic violence, respectively, each month; and they don’t issue nearly as many restraining orders.

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Click Your Heels Together and Say . . .

People who warned economic policy was steering toward a collapse over ten years ago still cling to outlandish notions that production drives prosperity. Those who are still trying to build the economy with plans, streetscapes, visioning, and other forms of overhead continue to believe in their thang. In downtown Hendersonville:

[Main Street Advisory] Committee members are locating available properties, identifying and building communication with downtown stakeholders, identifying needs not met through downtown businesses, and assisting with grand openings.

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It’s for Your Own Good

The Polk County Commisioners failed to second Ray Gasperson’s motion to adopt a Steep Slope Ordinance. The ordinance was drafted to replace the Mountainside and Ridgeline Protection Ordinance. Tom Pack then made a motion to rescind the MRPO. The measure passed with all but Gasperson’s approval. All this happened after just about everybody at a packed public hearing begged the commissioners for more regulation. The SSO will now go back to the planning board for “simplification.”

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On Going to Market

The Flat Rock Playhouse got government money. Many local theatres got none. The Little Theatre stayed little. The Powderhorn Theatre got dozed. And this local theatre cried wee wee wee . . .

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