Here’s an idea that won’t cost the city a dime, but would be helpful to its citizens. First, list the Greensboro City Council meetings on the city meetings calendar on the city web page. The City Council meetings may not seem as important to staff as the TaiRoGa workout class, but a lot of people like to know when the governing body for the city meets.
Second, in some easy to find location place a readable and printable list of what residents can put in their recycling containers. It appears that even the city is a little unsure on this, so it might force the city to find out exactly what is and isn’t recyclable and then they could tell the rest of us.
One of the most frightening maps imaginable for the future of our country can be found in the July 7 edition of the Triad Business Journal. It lists the wealthiest communities in the US and far and away the wealthiest place in the country is Washington, DC. Of course, Washington, DC, isn’t listed but out of the top 25 wealthiest communities eight are in the DC area. Chevy Chase, Maryland, is the wealthiest; Chevy Chase Village, Maryland, is number 15; next door Somerset, Maryland, is 12; and Chevy Chase (CDP) is number 20. In Virginia, Wolf Trap is number 4, Great Falls is number 10 and McLean is number 19, while Potomac, Maryland, is number 24.
There is only one industry in DC and that is the US government. Nearly every job is related to the government directly or indirectly. It is disastrous economic news that the government is creating far more wealthly people than industry. Disastrous because the government doesn’t create any wealth, it takes money from the people and redistributes it. In this case they are taking billions out of the pockets of everyday hardworking Americans and giving it to the extremely wealthy who work for the government.
We learn a lot in News & Record Editorial Page Editor Allen Johnson’s column in the Sunday paper. First, we learn that Johnson is a demanding restaurant customer. According to his column he is the kind of person who goes to a restaurant just before closing, complains about the water, about being checked on too many times during the meal, the staff getting ready to close and not having someone to come pick up his check as soon as puts it down. From all this complaining he gets two free meals and a free desert and then complains that he was discriminated against because he is black.
Those who are so in favor of using electricity from solar and wind production might want to take a look at the recent power outage in South Australia that blacked out an entire state.
Because tornados took down some power lines, a large number of windmills shut down at once. About half of the electrical production for South Australia comes from wind, and wind generators cannot be cranked up like gas, oil or coal to produce more power, so there was no way to increase the production to make up for the loss and the entire system went down.
With fossil fuel generating facilities, if one facility has to reduce power, the others are increased to make up the difference; but with wind power that isn’t possible. Investigators said the reason this had not happened previously was because more of the electricity was produced by oil, gas and coal.
I was reading about some economic incentives controversy, which brought to mind one of the main reasons for economic incentives – and it isn’t to attract industry. There are many reasons to give economic incentives but one reason they have become so popular is because it gives elected officials the opportunity to claim credit for attracting industry and jobs.
Here’s a way to look at police body-worn camera footage. Imagine watching a football game from the body worn camera of any one player. Would you even know who won the game? So your only view of the game is from this one body-worn camera video and on one play when your camera wearer is clearly on the ground, you see the quarterback throw the ball and then get slammed late by a defensive player. So you’re hollering for a late hit call but it doesn’t come and you immediately start complaining about the horrible officiating and have the influence to get that official fired, which you do based on this one body-worn camera video that you watch over and over. But what you can’t see is that the player who slammed into the quarterback late only did so because he was hit by an offensive player who knocked him into the quarterback, in other words it wasn’t his fault and the referee made the right call. But since you don’t have access to a view of the whole game, but only this one body-worn camera video, you are secure in your belief that you are right.