Headlines in the local daily show two things. First is confusion over gay marriage. Some in authority claim leaders can refuse to perform gay marriages, while leaders are resigning because they don’t want to perform or process them. Then, other leaders are under fire for possible technical glitches performed to facilitate gay marriage.
[ED NOTE: I controlled myself from captioning the next one "Pin the Tail on the Donkey." See? I can be corrigible.]
The other thing is a mysterious fascination with trying to “hang things” on two guys. One is Asheville Police Chief William Anderson. The other is Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger. I am always reminded of the saying: Low-information people talk about people, intelligent people talk about events, and wise people talk about ideas. I’m so glad we do public policy here. I’m much too stupid to discern whose zooming whom at which level of subterfuge. Dizzying.
Imagine that. The state government gave big tax breaks to evil corporations to give the schools less than activists would demand, although it was more. And what did the evil corporations do? Why, they donated money to schools.
A few nights ago, I was standing by a couple guys who were vaping, and it didn’t bother me a bit. Now, I know fiscal conservatives are supposed to scream up and down that smoking is harmless, but second-hand tobacco smoke kills me. It’s not psychosomatic, because I exhibit respiratory difficulty before I even see the smokers. But vaping? I halfway suspect tobacco industry interests are trying to get government to protect their turf, but what do I know.
Here’s a quick link to what stuck, what went into effect, and what didn’t, in terms of election reform. If you’re too lazy to click, just don’t try to get away with anything fishy, and you should be OK.
Speaking of lazy, in Watauga County, court battles continue over whether or not students at Appalachian State University can have an early voting site on campus.
In an Oct. 17 letter, Watauga elections board chairman Luke Eggers . . . argued against a site at the Plemmons Student Union, noting that the four-story building has multiple entrances and that a voter could “become confused or discouraged from finding the appropriate location to vote within this building.”
I’m not sure how that is less confusing than on again, off again, who knows where voting.
In the maximally postponed Macon County reval, the net worth of real estate dove, and so a tax increase, which would impact the middle-class homes more than the McMansions is likely. Hot political topics, however, include fracking and the state’s education cuts.
Attacks against Asheville Police Chief William Anderson continue. Friday, State Representative Tim Moffitt requested AG Roy Cooper to investigate “possible corruption,” and the Mountain Chapter of the NC Police Benevolent Association asked city council to investigate “possible unlawful malfeasance.”
A recent town hall meeting in Saluda embraced diversity with contention between the native, dry Baptists, and the foreign “atheist communists.” The town is considering revising its sign ordinance, but in the meantime, code enforcement took down all the noncompliant, off-premises signs for churches. This upset local churchgoers, who questioned the values of leadership that would do that after legalizing alcohol consumption in a park next to a playground.
Yarn bombing is cool because it’s stealthy like graffiti, or so we’re told. Read all about it.
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Watauga High School graduate Jordan Stokes visited the White House in less than typical fashion. . . .
On Oct. 8, the WHS grad and N.C. State sophomore attended a workshop on fashion education held at the White House and hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.