High Noon in Chatham

It's hard to summarize this excellent story by Jennifer Strom at the Independent, wife of Bill Strom, who serves on the Chapel Hill Town Council. It's not the kind of thing you'd see in major North Carolina daily newspaper, which is why I don't subscribe to one anymore.

If you don't have time to read this now, come back and check it out later. It explores sleaze and bitterness in local politics, with a special emphasis on the environmental and quality-of-life impacts that occur when a community sells its soul to busienss interests.

Asheville's Drinking Liberally: Primary Madness!

Tension crackles through spring's damp cool. Voters across western North Carolina are on the edges of their stumps, stools, and pews. The Red Cross has opened a nail-biting triage unit in Methylvania County. Suspense drives local blog commenters named Anonymous to rant at Scrutiny Hooligans, "What in the hell is wrong with you people?? This has got to be the identity crisis that signals the end of time. Go Mike Morgan!"

Robin Hayes Correction

There's nothing I dislike more than being wrong. I would love to be able to say it doesn't happen often....but it does. At my age, I've learned it is always best to admit, apologize and move on. That being said, I made a big oooops in my Kissell/Hayes article last week.

Read what I learned from my mistake on the flip side...

Speaking as a Layman, this is Lame. Man.

Sorry for the title, but this is just about the dumbest argument against a minimum wage increase that I've ever heard:

He says the higher the wage, the more likely minimum-wage jobs will attract people into the work force who haven't been seeking jobs in the past. Who are those people? Teenagers from wealthy families. Those teens begin to crowd out other teens and adults for minimum-wage jobs, so the higher minimum wage actually makes it harder for a low-income adult to find a job to support his family.

Right. Chase and Brittany, who would rather hang out at the club than flip burgers at $5.15 an hour are going to be beating down the doors to do that same job at $6.00 an hour.

Who Did You Encourage to Vote Today?

Who will you encourage to vote tomorrow? You have voted for yourself, right? Word on the street is that there are no excuses. And I heard one conservative tell another that liberal turnout would be low because we'll all be at home smokin' weed and listening to Pink Floyd while munching on granola. Let's show 'em! (You can put the granola in a baggie and take it with you; best to leave the other stuff at home.)


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