Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Big-government conservatives ruling from Raleigh

This is driving me nutty:

"For years we heard conservatives say that the government closest to the people governs best.  But they were talking about Washington. When it comes to Raleigh, the new Republican majority has not hesitated to use state power to advance their own agenda – even if it means disregarding local sentiment."

I do not understand what is going on with the Legislature in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The traditional norms of politics and parties are not holding true this year.  The above article was even written before this bill came out this week, which would striking down local rules governing where smokers can light up.

They are also trying to do the same thing with environmental laws.  Senate Bill 612 would require cities and counties to repeal any rules stricter than state or federal law.  It would also require a list of environmental oversight boards and agencies to repeal or rewrite any state rule stricter than federal regulation on any given matter.

What is happening?  Is it because Republicans were out of power for the last 100 years?

image via here.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Farm Time

This past Saturday, we went up to the "farm" for the day to see some family.  It was a good day spending time with them.  We also went by the old Draper home-place   Below are some photos of where the house used to be before it was demolished.  It was a pretty, but very cool day for May in North Carolina.