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Archive for August, 2007

So Many Choices

Once life was simple. Coke or Pepsi. OK, maybe 7-Up. Now I can’t keep count of the variations. Sweetened, diet, caffeine-free, extra caffeine. There’s a Diet Coke Black Cherry Vanilla. Yucch. How is one to choose? And then when you do make a choice and find one you like, bam, it disappears from the shelves, never to be heard from again. So frustrating. But not enough to make me take up bottled water.

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Pilot to navigator . . .

Last weekend my wife Evie and i fought the traffic to visit my father at Hilton Head Island. The most direct route takes you down I-77 through Charlotte. What a mess. There’s always a backup, generally around Lake Norman, and especially on a summer Friday afternoon. Later on in the trip, way down in South Carolina, we passed an intersection with U.S. 601, the same U.S. 601 that comes through here. I’m wondering whether we could have made better time just taking 601 through a bunch of small towns, hitting the traffic lights but skipping the traffic jams. That also reminded me that there must be about 15 different ways to get to Myrtle Beach from here. Everyone seems to have their favorite. What’s your’s?

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After spending close to four decades in the southern part of the county, I’m now getting to know some of the many eateries in the upper half. The Cuban sandwich from Goober’s was outstanding, and the basil wraps at Thailand CafĂ© were subtle and tasteful. I’d like some suggestions from you folks on particular things I ought to try from area restaurants. I’m no snob when it comes to food, so just tell me what you think are the best things to order locally.

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Foxx-y lady

Aaron Groen, an aide to U. S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, paid us a courtesy call Thursday afternoon. We had a nice chat and I explained to him why as a matter of policy we don’t turn over a portion of our editorial page to elected officials to write columns. Some small papers do that, but we believe that members of Congress in particular, with their franking privilege, have plenty of ways to access their constituents directly without using up space that might otherwise be devoted to opinions from our readers or other columnists. What’s your take? Of course, as peripatetic as Virginia is, she probably doesn’t need a newspaper column. Odds are before too long she’ll have shaken the hand of everyone in the 5th District.

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Cellphone frustration

I’ve used several services and none seem capable of delivering consistent quality. Either service as a whole goes down because of some equipment failure or calls get dropped because I drove around the corner. The battery wears down because it gets locked onto an analog roam. I need a cellphone, but I’m starting to hate it. Anyone have a solution . . . though I can’t get out of my two-year contract? Or horror stories to share?

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So come November we’ll have the chance to vote on increasing the sales tax by a quarter of a percent. That’s an extra 25 cents on a $100 purchase, Not much, is it? But it all adds up, about $1.9 million annually, most of which the county would apply toward school construction.
Some argue that the sales tax is regressive, and it is. Lower income people spend a higher percentage of their incomes on sales-taxable items, so their effective tax rate is greater than for the more affluent.
Fine, but the argument here isn’t sales tax or no sales tax. We already have one. Another quarter percent isn’t going to break anyone.
What gets me is there are people out there who take the attitude of “I ain’t gonna vote for no new tax no how nowhere.”
Fine, so what’s your solution to replacing our crumbling educational infrastructure?

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So close, yet so far

Dang, I was all ready to sit down Sunday evening and watch the East Surry girls fight for the softball junior World Series title. Was ready to call Dish Network and have them upgrade my service so I could get ESPNU and see the game live.
Then the got upset Friday afternoon by a California team.
But how can you really feel bad when your local team proves it’s one of the best on Earth?
The squad should be getting back by about 11 p.m. Sunday and I hope there’s a crowd to greet them. They deserve a parade down Pilot Mountain’s newly repaved Main Street.

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