Losin' it

I sit down and compose a thoughtful email letter to our dear Lieutenant Governor to find out where she stands on the minimum wage, then wait on pins and needles to get an equally thoughtful reply. And lo and behold, it arrives!

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The End of Apple Chill

It looks like the shootings last night may have ended the Chapel Hill street festival known as Apple Chill. The cutely named festival, which was intended as a folksy art festival, will not happen again according to Mayor Foy:

"The (Town) Council's first responsibility to the citizens is public safety," Foy said in a written news release issued Monday afternoon. "We cannot continue to be confident that Apple Chill can be conducted in a way that is safe for citizens. I want to end Apple Chill. Tonight, I will ask the Council to give our staff that directive. Yesterday was the last Apple Chill."

Dear Walter Jones.

I've been taking your email updates for awhile now - long enough to have an opinion about them in general. And that opinion is this: I sure hope you're not spending taxpayer money to send out this crap:

Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman is reminding consumers about the Department of Energy's (DOE) gasoline price reporting system. Consumers can report activity at local gasoline filling stations that they believe may constitute "gouging" or "price fixing" by visiting http://gaswatch.energy.gov/. Price gouging, price fixing, and other forms of collusion by suppliers or retailers may violate federal or state law, and may be subject to prosecution by federal or state enforcement authorities.

Oooops

I quoted the wrong numbers for Robin Hayes in my Kissel write up last week. While it doesn't make that big of a difference, I don't like to print the wrong information without a correction. Blogger hasn't been working today, but I just wanted ya'll to know that I'm aware I had a bit of a goof and I will be writing up a correction for the front page.

I could offer any number of excuses or explanations, but it was likely the fact that I have so many FEC files saved to my computer and had too much cold medicine in me on Wednesday.

The good news is, that while Robin Hayes pulled in a few more thousand in contributions than I attributed to him, there were two huge sums of money that caught my eye.

Poverty and the Environment

The NC Conservation Network is posting a series on poverty and the environment:

Inspired by a recent seven week series on Grist online magazine on poverty and the environment, we will launch a weeklong discussion of the topic “Poverty and the Environment in NC” on our blog starting Monday April 24. Here’s a preview of what’s to come...

Our own Grady McCallie will start things off with an analysis of the link between poverty and environmental issues in North Carolina. Then three grassroots activists, Kathy Knight, Frank Warren, and Hope Taylor-Guevara, will be adding their thoughts.

Our Goverment At Work! And on their Best Day!

Fellow Blue NCers, This one is a Shocker! A real Shocker! Knowing what I know though it isn’t hard to believe!

. - James L. Hogan got some shocking news in the mail last month. He'd been dead for months, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The department wrote to the Vietnam veteran's "estate" seeking a return of the $23,231 in veteran benefits issued to Hogan since his "death." "Based on that amount, I figure I must've died sometime around July," said Hogan, who is alive and living in Florence. "I'm still trying to get an answer as to who signed my death certificate." Although Hogan has kept a sense of humor about the mistake, it's caused plenty of problems.

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