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Re: “What's driving the N.C. Senate's animus toward the state's metros?

Back to the sticks!

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Posted by taildragger on 06/25/2015 at 1:08 AM

Re: “What's driving the N.C. Senate's animus toward the state's metros?

Proudly unencumbered - by any sign of intelligence.

Are you proud of our nitwit politicians who are promulgating all the these outrages?


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Posted by taildragger on 06/25/2015 at 1:04 AM

Re: “The Legislature's disgraceful first two weeks

Shame on the underinformed dupes who elected these evil clowns!

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Posted by taildragger on 02/14/2013 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Maryland, Tom O'Brien gone: Is loyalty just a thing of the past?

Loyalty? To what?

NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow unknowingly reflects the pathetically misguided fanaticism over athletics in the Triangle. Is the goal of becoming a "top 25 program" the holy grail? Paying off $1.2 million to the fired coach, having to offer who- knows- what to get a replacement, is sad and outrageous.

Recently the UNC Chapel Hill athletic director was interviewed on a local radio sports program, and matter of factly discussed the goal of "increasing revenue" by adding high-ticket "skyboxes" at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
The interviewer asked if that would make theTar Heel football program as profitable as the storied basketball program.

"It already is," 0ur man "Bubba" informed the stunned interviewer.

To hear those two athletic directors, one would never guess they represented an academic enterprise called a "university."

How far will these types go towards totally prostituting the universitys' basic function?

Have our athletic departments turned into crass money grubbers, disguised by a phony veneer of academic interests they can't conceal?

One real estate developer announced his high end ($350,000) condos there were aimed "at the high end buyer, who wants a place to stay for the home games."

Smells like teen spirit.

Bill Friday is not smiling down on all this, I'd venture.

Posted by taildragger on 11/26/2012 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Indy sold!! But wait, what about me?

Have fun, Bob. Your point of view and selection of reporting topics are a mainstay of the paper.
Looking forward to your columns, but will miss your reporting.

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Posted by taildragger on 11/20/2012 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Does the Religious Right really believe equality will allow us to marry ice cream?

Benighted, bible thumping bigots. A brace of boils on the wrong end of the "New South."

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Posted by taildragger on 04/09/2012 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Does a developer's sale of mineral rights to an energy company foreshadow fracking?

Let the buyer beware! In states such as West Virginia, laws (such as here in North Carolina, it appears) were set up to protect the extractive industries, at the peril of surface landowners.

Usually, subsurface mineral owners' rights take precedence over surface owners' rights. You can be sitting on your porch, and suddenly bulldozers appear, plow through your prize fruit trees, put in a road, and a drilling rig shows up. What can you do? Nothing!

The old notorious strip mining and now mountaintop removal methods of raping the land and ruining the environment all depend on such laws.

Now comes fracking. Using the new techniques, several wells for injection of high pressure toxic fluids can be drilled horizontally for great distances radiating out from one central drilling point.

There is a surfeit of natural gas right now, and drilling is slowing as the price drops and storage space runs out.

In West Virginia, in the old days," landmen," the company representatives who got used lies and wiles to get farmers to sign coal,oil and gas leases, have been known to forge landowners' signatures.

In many cases, companies would come into an area, drill the wells, then cap them without extracting the gas, so the mineral owner got no revenue until the wells were activated.

Sometimes companies will declare they are designating an underground area as a "storage area," pumping gas there from several wells for later retrieval. When they take out that gas, who knows if they are also taking neighbors' gas from surrounding areas? Will that happen here?

Let alone damage from the fracking process itself, such as groundwater contamination, possible earthquakes,etc. the leasing process is fraught with risk, particularly in cases where greedy developers lease mineral rights under large tracts but bury that information in fine print so that prospective homeowners are unlikely to realize it. From now on, buyers in potential shale gas areas should be highly suspicious.

"Severance" of mineral rights should be made clear to any buyer.

In some states, one owner can own rights to one seam of coal, another to oil, another to gas, all beneath the same lot! Owners of the surface land are all too often ignorant of who owns mineral rights, and which ones, under their land.

Let's not open a Pandora's box of such problems here in the Old North State.

The behemoth oil and gas companies come here to take the money out of our state, not to benefit North Carolinians.

Don't be fooled by them or by crass politicians they pay who are currently braying we need to drill more. Drilling rigs are employed right now at an all time high number,natural gas prices are falling, demand is down in some parts of the business, and storage facilities are fast reaching capacity.

Let's see things in perspective, and not precipitously cave to big money advertising about the beneficence of the oil and gas industry, such as we're seeing every five minutes on TV these days.

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Posted by taildragger on 04/08/2012 at 5:36 PM

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