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Commission fails to provide guidance on terminal groins

Clearing the way for the Legislature to screw up our coast even more:

Some members of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission say they weren't trying to undermine a 25-year-old policy of banning coastal seawalls and jetties Thursday when they declined to support a proposal to keep the ban.

But undermining the ban is likely the impression that many legislators will get after the commission voted 8-5 to send a muddled message to Raleigh.

Navy uses pilots as salesmen for OLF

Somebody needs to tell the Secretary of the Navy it's not the pilots' job to do this:

“If someone wanted to build an OLF next to my house, I would either raise my concerns or I would move or I would evaluate how bad (the noise) might be and then make a decision,” he said during an interview last week aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

Shuman was one of several members of Strike Fighter Squadron 105 based at Oceana that Navy officials made available to reporters from The Daily Advance and other news organizations aboard the Truman on Thursday. The one-day event was designed to give reporters an up-close look at the F/A-18 Super Hornets and the flight crews that operate them.

NC Justice Center defends migrant workers from gender bias

This is how we treat them when they do come here legally:

The federal suit filed in Raleigh by three women says that as many as 150 migrant workers could have been short-shrifted by Captain Charlie's Seafood in Tyrrell County, about 150 miles east of Raleigh. The suit seeks class-action status to represent all other employees who might have been paid less than is required by this country's visa program for temporary foreign workers.

The Justice Center settled a similar suit last year, involving travel and visa expenses, against Frog Island Seafood in Elizabeth City. According to the suit, to get from Mexico to this country the migrants paid a $100 visa reciprocity fee at a Mexican bank, a $100 visa fee to the U.S. Consulate and $270 for a bus ticket.

Governor Perdue comments about Titan Cement

It may not be vehement opposition, but I'm not sure this equates to "failing to take a stand", either:

Perdue said she has talked to people and have read literature about the controversial cement plant, but is not the kind of person to take a side. There is an analytical process in place to ensure safety before a permit can be issued. According to the governor, the Department of Environment says they are engrossed in making sure the right decision is made for the state.

"I want to be sure the plant is safe and sound," said Perdue. "I will refuse to do anything that harms our air and water."

Returning veterans face widespread unemployment

I received this link via e-mail from a friend on the Governor's Focus panel:

The unemployment rate last year for young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans hit 21.1 percent, the Labor Department said Friday, reflecting a tough obstacle combat veterans face as they make the transition home from war.

Many of the unemployed are members of the Guard and Reserves who have deployed multiple times, said Joseph Sharpe, director of the economic division at the American Legion. Sharpe said some come home to find their jobs have been eliminated because the company has downsized. Other companies may not want to hire someone who could deploy again or will have medical appointments because of war-related health problems, he said.

Three arrested for protesting Wake School Board decision

Unfortunately, their efforts failed to stop the resegregation train from leaving the station:

At the Wake school board where a historic vote to end busing for diversity in the county is expected, police removed around 20 people, many of whom appeared to be in their teens and early 20s, who refused to quiet down after they started loudly chanting in the hallway outside the board meeting room.

Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 28, of Raleigh was charged with second-degree trespassing, according to police reports, and transported to the Wake County Jail.
Police also charged Duncan Edward Hardee, 21, of Asheville, and Rakhee Shirish Vasthali, 20, of Fayetteville, with one count each of resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer. They were transported to Wake County jail.

Climate Change Commission must be preserved

From an editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal:

Retired Winston-Salem attorney John Garrou, commission co-chairman, told the Associated Press that the permanent status is needed because legislators will need guidance on many of the long-term recommendations his panel will propose. There are also new federal-emissions regulations on the horizon, and the legislature will need the commission's guidance there, too.

A cacophony of politically charged pseudo-science has been raised over the climate-change question. The opposition has raised what are, at their truest level, a number of false concerns. Climate change is a scientific issue for which there is no longer any reasonable doubt. The world's community of climate scientists is overwhelmingly convinced that the planet is warming and that man's behavior is contributing to this.

Teabaggers show true colors

Spitting on and hurling racial and homophobic epithets at Congressmen:

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted "nigger" Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

Protesters also used a slur as they confronted Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., an openly gay member of Congress. Frank told the Boston Globe that the incident happened as he was walking from the Longworth office building to the Rayburn office building, both a short distance from the Capitol. Frank said the crowd consisted of a couple of hundred of people and that they referred to him as 'homo.' A writer for The Huffington Post said the protesters called Frank a "faggot."

Proud of you, Bob

We need to give credit where credit is due:

U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, was the lone Fayetteville area congressman to vote "yes" late Sunday on the controversial health care reform bill.

"After reading the bill carefully, I have concluded that it will save lives and money," said Etheridge. "I have listened to North Carolinians from all points of view and, after prayerful consideration, I will vote "yes" for these needed reforms. This is the best chance we have to reduce sky-rocketing health care cost for North Carolina families."

Offshore wind project getting closer to realization

Making North Carolina first in the entire nation with the vision to move forward:

In August 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly established standards for a renewable energy portfolio in the state, and in 2009, the legislature passed a bill that required UNC to develop a wind demonstration project.

A partnership between Duke Energy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the project would place up to three large wind turbines in the sound about seven miles west of Avon, nine miles north of Frisco and eight miles from Buxton.

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