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Mick Voiland 
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Re: “Billsborough Live Music Hall

Owner Bill West is doing all the right things to make this small venue an important one for his audiences and musicians alike. He's booking quality local music acts as well as regional and national name artists on tour. He's varying the musical genres that are offered. He's trying to make Billsborough a place unique to the Hillsborough and Orange County.

Posted by Mick Voiland on 03/25/2013 at 8:57 PM

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Re: “At the First Gubernatorial Debate, Pat McCrory Blames Everyone But Himself

Of course, what totally goes over McCrory's head is that even with the teacher raises since 2014 (including the 4.7% increased set for the new 2016-17 budget, which he and his GOP friends are so very proud of and will tout incessantly for the next 5 months in campaign ads), NC educators will will remain in the bottom 20% among states on teacher salaries. He also forgets that, in 2008, before the recession hit so hard and put off any teacher salary improvements for a couple of years, NC was ranked 28th.
The NCGOP will never get serious about making excellence in our public schools a priority---not when they can create a parallel "shadow" universe of more exclusionary charters and subsidized private schools, managed in many cases by private sector companies.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 06/29/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “N.C. Senate Has Crazy New Scheme to Avoid Cleaning Up Jordan Lake, Would Repeal Protective Buffers Along Waterways

Freshwater mussels are extremely sensitive to habitat change and water quality parameters. So much so that, in fact, the building of I-540 across southern Wake County has been delayed due to the need to protect one mussel species from the subtle but still harmful environmental perturbations that highway construction could cause. Freshwater mussels are often referred to among aquatic ecologists as "sentinel species," with population decreases or increases serving either as an early warning of problems or an early signal of rehabilitation.
The irony and Catch 22 of this hair-brained NCGOP proposal is that it would require a relatively large increase in healthy mussel populations within the Jordan Lake system, all while continued land development in the watershed (exacerbated by the removal of stream buffers zones that the GOP is now seeking) would adversely impact water quality and thus work to undercut the flourishing of those populations.
This strategy is one based on arrogance and ignorance. It is thus similar to the many other anti-environmental actions/policies (e.g., fracking, inadequate coal ash waste remediation, head-in-the-sand sea level rise forecasting and preparation, and Solarbees, to name a few) that the GOP has foisted on all of us since 2011.

Posted by Mick Voiland on 06/15/2016 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Urine Trouble: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Fails in N.C., Just Like Everywhere Else

Well, somebody's math sucks, and it ain't mine.
Of the 7600 cases covered in the report on this testing program, 21 were found, after screening and testing, to have some level of drugs in their system. That's 0.3%. And, as the article notes, "If you broaden the scope and count the 17,728 households that received some form of “ongoing assistance” in 2014–15, that number goes down to 0.1 percent of all Work First cases."
So tell me again how that amounts to a 60% positive drug test rate?
I won't stoop to your level and call you a "dumbass," but really.....

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 02/12/2016 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Urine Trouble: Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Fails in N.C., Just Like Everywhere Else

The program has cost a lot more than the $4895 mentioned. That figure seems only the cost of the testing fee ($55) times the 80+ people tested. But there's also the cost of the state agency staff time to screen all public assistance applicants, then to screen the "questionables" among the 7600, then to further screen that number down to the 150 for testing. News reports indicate that the latter stages of this process involves personal interviews---a time-consuming, staff-intensive process. Then there's the clerical support/time/follow-up that all this entails.

Other reports have indicated that there have been only 21 cases thus far indicating drug use by Work First assistance applicants. That's 0.3% of the 7600 cases, suggesting that this testing program is a monumental waste of time, taxpayer dollars, and effort.

But just wait. Want to wager that some state agency mouthpiece, or McCrory himself, or an NCGOP dunce will claim that the program is worth it BECAUSE the low number of positive drug tests must have been a result of the program being in place, i.e., proclaiming the program to be a deterrent, and thus a smashing success, and thus well worth the money spent?? It's how these Republicans think. But having no pre-program drug-use numbers to go by, that will all just be a lot of hot air.

Finally, I'll just ask this. If the desire is to make certain that those receiving state benefits are not on drugs, when will testing begin on all the CEOs and board members of companies who are receiving state contract, incentives and subsidies?

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 02/11/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “DEQ lets Duke Energy off the hook for coal ash

No so sure McCrory won't be re-elected. As with Tillis, he'll have a huge amount of corporate money to campaign with, compliments of Citizens United. And millions of dollars have been donated by Duke-E to the Republican Governors Association, with an eyewink that a lot of it should help out McCrory. His campaign will do and say anything to attack and sully his Dem opponent. And the many voters in the center here in NC who don't pay much attention to politics could be influenced by it.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 01/08/2016 at 10:37 AM

Re: “DEQ lets Duke Energy off the hook for coal ash

What did y'all expect? This is NCGOP-esque, "business-friendly," natural resource management at it best (worst). Risks to public health and continuing contamination of the state's water resources be damned. Such mischief and incompetence will go on until the governor's office and DEQ's secretariat are no longer occupied by those affiliated with the Republican Party, a party that doesn't much care about the state's natural environment when there are corporate profits ---and political donations--- at stake.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 01/06/2016 at 3:15 PM

Re: “The physics behind lucettegrace's pickled apple grilled cheese sandwich

Nice article. Would like to go to this place and try their stuff. Would have been nice to have had an address appearing somewhere in the story or in a small sidebar on the webpage.

Sure, I can google "lucettegrace" and find it, but what's the harm in noting the place's address? I'm sure the owner and prospective customers would have appreciate it......

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 10/07/2015 at 10:35 AM

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