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Maybe They Need Transit

Nobody showed up for a workshop designed to collect public input on transit needs in southwestern North Carolina.

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Conserving Bureaucracy

Graham County wants to begin a recycling program, but it continues to have setbacks. Early on, the truck that was to be used for hauling was damaged in an accident. Now, the only thing holding up the program is the US Forest Service. Two of three collection sites are on USFS land.

In order to have heated shelters to house workers on the site, a series of studies will have to be reviewed by the forest service because of site prep work, [spearheader David] Dodson said. . . . Forest service officials told Dodson there is “no way” a study can be completed by February, he said.

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I Know It Sounds Absurd, Please Tell Me Who I Am

Jackson County needs to find itself, and for that purpose, the newly-formed TDA has asked a Virginia company to help with branding.

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Backward

In Haywood County, the DSS has concluded that churches can be helpful in filling gaps in services. The department also says it is tricky maintaining the separation of church and state when they make referrals. Perhaps somebody will suggest eliminating churches’ tax-exempt status to generate enough revenue to render the denominationally-offensive programs unnecessary.

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Unfair

Just Economics has determined the living wage in WNC needs to go up about 4.5% from its 2008 value. I seriously doubt anybody in that organization believes I am capable of producing $11.85/hr. But that is irrelevant to a worldview in which people get paid for being instead of contributing.

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