Landfill Moratorium Bill Moves to Committee

I am really rushed this morning, but I got this alert from Molly Diggins of the North Carolina Sierra Club and wanted to pass it along. The meeting on the bill will be at noon today (Wednesday). And if anyone does go to support the moratorium, please let them know that you heard about it on BlueNC so that in the future they will think to keep the netroots informed.

From Molly Diggins:

All,

The NC Senate will take up a bill to place a moratorium on new landfills in NC. This is the same measure they attempted to move through a special provision in the budget but the House took a position this year that it would not accept any special provisions in the budget.

NC State Senate Approves Pledge Bill

Cross-posted on the Brock Log.

I have issues with this…Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance shouldn’t be a mandatory thing. It’s an individual thing, a voluntary thing to declare your fealty to the United States. It’s not something that should be required by law…

The state Senate today gave final approval to a bill to require public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.

[NewsObserver.com - Local & State]

What happens when you move into sprawling suburbia?

What happens when you move into a sprawling area of Raleigh? You get a big go-cart track built right next to you:

Residents said they moved into the neighborhood because of the peace and quiet. However, they say that changed about a year ago when Frankie's Fun Park opened off Alexander Drive. Homeowners claim the sound from the go-karts and the loudspeakers can be heard well into the night.

I am sure that the homeowners complaining thought that the woods next to their newly leveled and developed areas were going to stay clear forever, but they learned the hard way that if the developer who tore down the woods formally covering their lots, there is nothing preventing another developer from the same to the lot next to you.

Let's Pack the House

What: Kilowatt Ours Film Showing
When: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: NC Museum of Natural Sciences - Raleigh
Cost: ITS FREE!

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth gave me all kinds of crazy nightmares - from penguins chasing me because they were seriously pissed off about the melting ice, to watching my liquor stash float away with my house because the polar caps collapsed and flooded Raleigh. The movie did inspire me to do something about climate change. However, I think the film missed an opportunity by not throwing out some everyday solutions.

Fuzzy Math, GOP economy style

Excuse me while I get this out of my system...

The Rethugs in DC are cheering themselves silly with the recent announcement from the Office of Management Budget that the projected national deficit for 2006 is $296 billion.

Huh. Last time I checked, $296 billion is a lot of money...and running a budget deficit of $296 billion is really shitty. As a matter of fact, if I ran my personal budget in a deficit, Bank of America would start slapping me with overdraft fees and over-the-limit fees and all sorts of other penalties designed to keep me motivated to run a balanced budget. Because, when you get right down to it, a deficit is the amount someone else has to cover your ass. In the case of our national deficit, China is Bank of America and the overdraft fee is a little something called Interest. But more about that later.

Signs of Blue in Fayetteville?

In recent years, I've learned not to expect much from the editorial pages of North Carolina newspapers, so it's always a pleasant surprise when one nails a tough topic to the wall. That's what happened today at the Fayetteville Observer. I've rarely seen such honest sentiments written so clearly.

Many taxpayers are comfortable with the fiction that their elected officials enjoy nothing quite so much as raising taxes, and do it at every opportunity. For most, it’s more like root canal.

County boards of commissioners usually will pull every trick in the book to hold the property tax rate down for one more year — especially in an election year. In this election year, however, conventional wisdom has gone out the window as school construction needs have soared and lottery revenues have sagged. As the end of the fiscal year approached, almost a third of North Carolina’s 100 boards had signaled a readiness to jack up rates.

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