North Carolina's Shame: We Are Becoming the Trash Dump for the Entire Atlantic Seaboard

Cash-strapped counties in North Carolina have increasingly been the targets of private garbage carriers that are looking for cheap places to drop their loads. North Carolina has become a popular target due to its central location, cheap land, poor counties, and lack of dumping fee. A total of five dump sites are being explored. The sites are in different states of planning and picking up local opposition as they come.

The next dump spot that looks likely to get the go-ahead will be in Scotland County. The County Commission has approved an agreement with Waste Management on its first reading in October and is set to approve the final reading of the proposal for the landfill on January 2nd. The Commission also talks glowingly of their ability to be a waste receptacle in their minutes and their newsletter to employees.

Sometimes You Have To Laugh...

Because it is better than crying. Every once in a while, I read something about North Carolina that is just too insane to explain. Like this from the News-Record:

A High Point company plans to make a feature film about a grandfather's 40-plus year obsession with Bigfoot.

The man's family discovered his fascination with the hairy creature -- aka Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch and Yeti -- only after the man died.

The movie will be called "Bigfoot: A Family Adventure."

North Carolina's Growth 5th Fastest in Nation, And a New Focus for My Blogging in a New Year

This report from the Triangle Business Journal:

North Carolina's population increased by more than 142,000 people last year, tying it with Texas and Georgia as the fifth fastest-growing state in the country, according to new statistics released Friday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The state's population reached 8,683,242 in 2005, an increase of 1.7 percent between July 2004 and July 2005.

Over the past five years, North Carolina has added 636,751 new residents, a 7.9 percent increase in the total state population from April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2005. That growth ranks seventh nationally behind Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Utah and Idaho.

Finally a Toll That Makes Sense, But Is Not Complete

There has been some rumbling recently about a sane toll. The proposals are for the tolls to be placed at the Virginia/North Carolina border. The beauty of this location is that the tolls would target interstate drivers, probably crossing for travel rather than work. It evens has a discount for those travelling to their work. This reprt from the AP:

Virginia and North Carolina officials are working on a plan to collect tolls from motorists on interstates 95 and 85 near the state line south of Richmond, Va.

We see through the muddied waters, Charles Taylor

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White House and GOP have systematically dismantled public trust in government

By Grant Millin
December 20, 2005 6:00 am

“People should look at what we do, not who we are.” — U.S. Rep. Roy Blount (R-Mo.), House Majority Whip.

U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) pleaded guilty to graft shortly after Thanksgiving, tearfully admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors. He could get up to 10 years in prison on federal bribery, fraud and tax evasion charges.

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