Organizing and Labeling Questions

I think I need help.

I am trying to organize and label some of my old blog posts. Everytime I add a label the whole post appears as a new entry on Greensboro 101.

Is there a way to sort and label old posts without having them re-appear on the new post page?

What am I doing wrong?

Help protect Internet Neutrality NOW

Make Your Voice Heard NOW. Speak up for Net Neutrality. Keep web access free and equal. Keep it neutral.

Before the FCC renews or changes rules concerning internet neutrality it has to take public comments. Net neutrality protects free and open internet access.

The comment period closes June 15, 2007

Now is our chance to keep the ability to communicate freely on the internet. If you think that everyone should be able post publicly, speak up now. You and I should be able to post information and thoughts about Iraq, immigration, recall elections, presidential campaigns, local government gauffs, personal journals and other things important to us in the public domain. Your opinions and mine are important. Don't let big government and big business control what we see and post on the net.

Please take a moment to join me in speaking up by clicking here.

Send a message to the FCC to protect the freedom of the Internet. Re: Docket 07-52, In the Matter of Broadband Industry Practices

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My post from June 2006

More information at Common Cause

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Little Old Ladies Get Things Done

This article was included in the National League of Women Voters Leaders' Update I received from National President Mary G. Wilson. I especially loved the first few paragraphs. For the entire article as printed in the Washington Post
go to:

Sing It Again, Ladies, for D.C. Justice

By John Kelly
Tuesday, May 15, 2007; Page B03

I think the world might be a better place if it were run by the League of Women Voters. You may think, as I once did, that the League of Women Voters is just a bunch of little old ladies. But we ignore little old ladies at our peril, especially these ones.

League members are a little like Marines. Same drive. Same esprit de corps. And I don't think you're ever an ex-League member. Wrap them in camo, strap them into parachutes and drop them behind enemy lines and they'd get things done lickety-split.

Also hear:

Who Represents Washington Residents in Washington?

The District of Columbia has no voting representative in the United States Congress who was elected by the residents of the District.

Why not?
Because the wording in the US Constitution requires that "The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, . . ." - The District of Columbia is not a state.

Should the people who live in DC be denied the right to have an elected representative who can vote in the House of Representatives?

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Will be discussing this problem Tomorrow, May 15, 2007.

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Title: Equal Representation in Congress: Providing Voting Rights to the District of Columbia
Date: 5/15/07
Time (EST): 10:00 AM
Place: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm. 342


Panel 1
The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch , Senator , U.S. Senate
The Honorable Tom Davis , U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton , U.S. House of Represenatatives
The Honorable Adrian Fenty , Mayor , District of Columbia
Panel 2
The Honorable Jack Kemp , Founder and Chairman , Kemp Partners
Wade Henderson , President and Chief Executive Officer , Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Viet D. Dinh , Professor of Law , Georgetown University Law Center
Jonathan R. Turley , J. B. And Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law , The George Washington University Law School
Findmore info on the DC Voting Rights Web Site.
Read my post from March 2007 at greensboropeerpressure.


Global Warming Info on Greensboro City Web Site

The City of Greensboro has a global warming web page

The City Council will discuss the Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement at the regular meeting June 5, 2007. More than 400 US cities have signed on to the agreement. The Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement was discussed at the May 8 city briefing. Pat Boswell, Director of Organizational Development and Communications for the city, gave a presentation about the agreement and about some of the things Greensboro government is doing to conserve energy and reduce pollution levels. Most council members seemed to like the idea of the agreement; however, Tom Phillips suggested that the preamble be amended a bit.

The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

A. We urge the federal government and state governments to enact policies and programs to meet or beat the target of reducing global warming pollution levels to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012, including efforts to: reduce the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the development of clean, economical energy resources and fuel-efficient technologies such as conservation, methane recovery for energy generation, waste to energy, wind and solar energy, fuel cells, efficient motor vehicles, and biofuels;

B. We urge the U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation that includes
1) clear timetables and emissions limits and
2) a flexible, market-based system of tradable allowances among emitting industries; and

C. We will strive to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets for reducing global warming pollution by taking actions in our own operations and communities such as:

1. Inventory global warming emissions in City operations and in the community, set reduction targets and create an action plan.
2. Adopt and enforce land-use policies that reduce sprawl, preserve open space, and create compact, walkable urban communities;
3. Promote transportation options such as bicycle trails, commute trip reduction programs, incentives for car pooling and public transit;
4. Increase the use of clean, alternative energy by, for example, investing in “green tags”, advocating for the development of renewable energy resources, recovering landfill methane for energy production, and supporting the use of waste to energy technology;
5. Make energy efficiency a priority through building code improvements, retrofitting city facilities with energy efficient lighting and urging employees to conserve energy and save money;
6. Purchase only Energy Star equipment and appliances for City use;
7. Practice and promote sustainable building practices using the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program or a similar system;
8. Increase the average fuel efficiency of municipal fleet vehicles; reduce the number of vehicles; launch an employee education program including anti-idling messages; convert diesel vehicles to bio-diesel;
9. Evaluate opportunities to increase pump efficiency in water and wastewater systems; recover wastewater treatment methane for energy production;
10. Increase recycling rates in City operations and in the community;
11. Maintain healthy urban forests; promote tree
planting to increase shading and to absorb CO2; and
12. Help educate the public, schools, other jurisdictions, professional associations, business and industry about reducing global warming pollution.

An Amazing Accomplishment


I am a little late to the conversation with Joe about the Printing Press. I am obviously a bit older than he because my first job at a newspaper was as an apprentice typesetter. I will not mention the year, but X-acto knives were not part of the composing/layout process. For years the presses could be seen from the street outside the building through large windows.

Linotype machines clicked away in the composing room as they dropped one slug at a time. A heavy piece of lead called a pig hung on the machine and melted a little as each letter was formed. Galley proofs were made on a hand press which was inked by hand and then a sheet of newsprint was placed over the type and a roller was passed over it to make an ink impression. The proofs were read and then corrections were made by hand, one line at a time. Because the type was not "read right" on the lead galley, the dump man (who made the proof pages and then corrected the galleys) had to read the lead upside down and backward. The make-up people put the lead galleys together to form individual pages. They worked on heavy wheeled tables called turtles. What a different world.

Headlines were set by hand, one letter at a time. I think that typesetting is where the old saying "mind your p's and q's" originated.

One of the good things about modern cold type composition is that I can't remember seeing a corrections line put in upside down. This happened frequently with the old lead corrections. Who remembers that?

It is always amazing to me that an entire newspaper can be written, edited, composed, proofed, printed and delivered every single day. What an accomplishment. One of the papers where I was employed published 5 editions a day. They were shipped all over the state. Long live the printed news ! ! !

Greensboro City Council Briefing 5/8/07

Much discussion today about the former Canada Dry property. City Manager Mitch Johnson gave a little overview of the property.
* total area is 9.5 acres
* real estate appraisal will be back this week (I assume Greensboro govt. is paying for appraisal)
* asking price is 3.2 or 3.7 million dollars, depending on who is talking
* the property will only be sold in total, not divided into individual parcels
* some of the property was given to Elon College who now owns an undivided interest
* preliminary inspection shows it to be a high-hazzard site
* problem with a well or stream on one corner of the property and maybe underground contamination
* existing building constructed in 1932 contains asbestos and lead
* this property is in the "master plan" for Greensboro
* funding options include money left from sale of other properties including former downtown library building

Then the hard-core sell began.
First Coliseum Manager Matt Brown gave his usual reasons for spending money at the Coliseum
* this is the most important real estate property in the city.
* ACC Hall of Fame will be an asset to the state and to Greensboro
* we have 2 million from the State of North Carolina toward locating an ACC museum in Greensboro
* a wonderful place for the Visitor's Center
* fits into footprint of total coliseum needs
* would offer more parking for coliseum and visitor center
* would change and improve look of High Point Rd., the gateway into Greensboro
* the present 1932 historic structure should be renovated
* basically needs roof repair and a little paint - using a trade agreement with Sherwin-Williams (I don't know what that means)
* keep renovation costs down, use old coliseum fixture's (replaced by more energy efficient ones)
* building would free up badly needed space in the coliseum
* a picture of Mr. Brown's vision of the new High Point Rd.
* and other stuff

One of the presenters was Ron Mack. Mr. Mack was presented as Chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. His other job is Executive Vice President of Retail Sales and Leasing for Koury Corporation. (Golly, I wonder why he has such an interest in moving the visitors center to High Point Road.) Some of his talking points:
* visitors center needs new space
* visitors bureau rents space for $150,000 a year in a building that is for sale (purchasing that property was not discussed)
* there are many hotel rooms available in the area
* 80% of convention visitors stay close to area
* close to I-40 entrance into town
* business owners do not want to lease property on High Point Rd in its present state
* most businesses there are small, underfunded or start-up that can't afford to rent in a nicer area
* we don't want small struggling businesses in the area, we want big bucks investors
* if the city doesn't start the revitalization by improving this site, property values will continue to erode along the HP Rd. corridor from I-40 to the coliseum.

The presentation went on and on. The presenters talked about excitement over the prospects of the area and the opportunity that exists NOW to change the face of the area. After around 40 minutes of this, most people in the room, including City Council Members looked bored as their eyes glazed over and their attention span waned. They have heard this stuff before

A lively discussion followed. I'm too bored with the whole thing to talk about that now. I'll wait until later to write about it.

Canada Dry Property and other thoughts on City Council Briefing Session

Looks like a full program for the next Greensboro City Council briefing. Near the bottom of the agenda there is a line saying "Other Items as Time Permits". This could be a long session. Of course, many of the Council Members leave if the meeting goes on too long. Not like the televised meetings where most hang in there until the end.

According to the Greensboro City Webside, the Council Briefing tomorrow morning (5/8/07) includes a presentation regarding acquisition of the former Canada Dry site. I think the last time this was presented to the council in a briefing session, the presenters were from the Coliseum Management Team and the Greensboro Sports Commission.

Don't know who will do the presenting this time, but I suspect that it will be a very pro-buy group and a lot of talk about all the economic benefits that will come to the city when this property is developed. Listen with skepticism. The same side keeps giving the same arguments. Where is the debate?

I think the property should be developed. I'm not even against the city's acquiring it at a reasonable price. But, not for an ACC Hall of Fame and not at the expense of ignoring other properties that the city government owns and does not maintain properly.

I hope the presentation is not too long. There are other items on the agenda that should be considered carefully. Expanding city water and sewer into areas in the county and making it prime for annexation SHOULD BE DONE WITH CAUTION. I don't know how much more land the city can annex and continue to provide essential services to the whole city. The bond issue for new firestations is just one example of how much the cost of expanding the city limits is costing ALL city residents. Police protection is spread thin and taxes keep rising.

Enlarging the city limits willy-nilly, just to keep Greensboro "growing" and keeping it the third largest city in the state seems unwise at this time.

Council briefings are held at 8:30 am in the Plaza Level Conference Room in the Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 West Washington Street, Greensboro.

Agenda for May 8, 2007 Council Briefing

Presentation regarding acquisition of former Canada Dry site
Update on the Greensboro/Guilford County Water and Sewer Agreement and related land use issues
Recommendation regarding capacity use fees
Presentation of Cool Cities proposal
Guilford Battleground Company presentation regarding long term plans
Heart of the Triad presentation
Other items as time permits:
- Set date for Noise Ordinance “Test”

Old Cars and Good Food

I enjoy going to the Greensboro Farmer's Market on Yanceyville Street. I can find good food, see old friends and meet new ones. Today I got a special treat. Across the street in the parking lot at Memorial Stadium there were some vintage cars, trucks and a school bus parked. They were there because of a movie being filmed in the area. I read in the N&R that some of them are locally owned.

I like old cars. I still own what is left of my first new car. It is a 1966 Ford Fairlaine Coup. It was a sharp car when it was new. Maybe I'll have it restored one day, or maybe not. It is currently covered with dust and other junk in my garage. It's just sitting there, taking up space and reminding me of old times.

Lowell and I went to the Farmer's Market earlier than usual today. We arrived too late Wednesday. All the fresh strawberries were gone. There were plenty this morning.

When our children were still at home I would take them vegetable pickin' or fruit pickin'. We had fun and fresh food. I remember how much Suzie, my middle daughter, loved strawberries. I think she ate as many as she put into the basket as we worked our way down the rows of sweet-smelling fruit. When we got to the pay station, I would always offer to pay a little extra for the eaten berries.

I had a wonderful recipe for preserves. I haven't made any in years. I guess I'm getting lazy in my old age. I don't pick my own veggies anymore either. I tried to grow some lettuce last year. The bunnies ate it all up.

Are You in Hot Water ? ? ?

After reading the local news about the BAD AIR in Greensboro, I thought a little information about how we can use solar energy instead of coal-fired power plant energy in our homes might be helpful.

The Solar Communities Group will present a program Saturday, May 5 at the Guilford Agricultural Center.

for new homes and retrofits for existing homes

Barn Kitchen & Meeting Room
Guilford County Agricultural Center
3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC 27405.

The program will begin at 10am.

For more information, contact Otto Afanador, at 336-586-0814.