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The Oblongs

I’ve always liked cartoons. As a kid I watched Jem, Ninja Turtles, Strawberry Shortcake, Lady Lovely Locks, The Huggabunch, Tiny Toon Adventures, Doug, Rugrats, and many more. As I got older I still watched the same toons and added on new ones like Family Guy, Robot Chicken, King of the Hill, Daria, American Dad, and The Oblongs. Most of the shows are now in syndication so I catch them on Adult Swim late at night. Well, The Oblongs happened to be on one night at 1am. The opening credits played and I thought to myself, “My god if North Carolina doesn’t get it together we’re gonna be like the Oblongs.”

As strange as the Oblongs are they are victims of toxic waste. Though the show is meant for entertainment for countless people across the United States, it’s not funny. The affects of sludge spreading are taking the toll on our citizens. It’s no secret that cancer rates are on the rise in North Carolina and as our doctors and researchers stand dumbfounded the environmentalists are waving the proof frantically, but is anyone really listening and reading? If people are eating right, exercising, and avoiding other unhealthy habits, but still getting sick shouldn’t a red light and siren go off screaming, “SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT!”

It’s time we start taking a SERIOUS non-bias look at our environmental status. Put your political affiliations, favors, greed, pride, and ego to the side and wake the fuck up! (yeah I said it) We cannot allow companies such as LabCorp, Synagro, and others to continue the improper disposal of medical waste. Stop blaming the pigs…there is no odor in the air so we know it’s not the piggies. Stop tricking farmers into sludge spreading. Guess what geniuses? YOU EAT THE PRODUCE FROM THEIR FIELDS! YOU DRINK THE SAME DAMN WATER AS EVERYONE ELSE!

And it’s going to take everyday citizens to stand up and say, “NO!” I’m so happy to see people in Virginia taking a stand against the uranium mine. It’s time for us North Carolinians to band together and write blogs, comment on news articles, write to our senators, write to our governor, hell write to the president. Who cares if they don’t respond to you personally; the point is they read it!

I don’t know about any of you, but I feel like my 3-5 days per week in the gym mixed with my healthy eating habits are a waste of my time and effort if my air, water, and soil are contaminated. Sure, my chances of survival are higher than a person who doesn’t do this, but I shouldn’t have to second guess drinking water from the tap (actually I don’t do it at all). I shouldn’t have to cringe bathing in water that hasn’t been run through a Brita filter. We should be able to enjoy North Carolina’s lakes and beaches. We should relax on our back porches sipping Duplin wine and other NC brands with absolutely no worries. We should drink Red Oak and Natty Green’s other NC beers with the same worry free mind.

There is NO pride in being dubbed the Cancer State. There is NO pride in having all these cancer facilities because we have so many cancer patients. There is NO pride in having gov’t officials that allow this crap to continue. Our state toast is as follows:

Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!

Here’s to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
‘Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron’s rosette glows,
Where soars Mount Mitchell’s summit great,
In the “Land of the Sky,” in the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where maidens are fair,
Where friends are true and cold hearts rare,
The near land, the dear land, whatever fate,
The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!

I look at the Old North State and shake my head in a myriad of emotions. We have a beautiful state with a rich history and we are destroying it. Our gov’t officials ought to be ashamed and embarrassed.

Again it’s time to wake the fuck up or we’re going to be like The Oblongs.

Treasurer won’t drop debt fight

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BY MARK JOHNSON – Staff Writer

RALEIGH — State Treasurer Janet Cowell wants the legislature to referee a fight with Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration over the funding for Interstate 485 in Charlotte – along with the bigger question of who controls the state’s credit card.

Cowell is asking lawmakers, when they return in May, to clarify whether state agencies can enter into debt under a law passed in 2008. Department of Transportation officials have said that statute lets them use a new financing mechanism, an installment plan, to pay for finishing the interstate loop around Charlotte, but Cowell argues that agencies can’t go around running up the state tab on their own.

She wants the legislature to say whether the treasurer should be the only person who can issue an IOU from North Carolina, she said in an interview Wednesday.

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“It’s up to [the legislature] to look at it,” Cowell said during a telephone interview from Seoul, South Korea, where she is meeting with state pension fund managers about Asian investments. “It’s my obligation to raise my hand and point this out.”

The dispute could change the scope and strength of the powers of the treasurer, who is elected independently. It also puts Cowell at odds with supporters in Charlotte and with Perdue, a fellow Democrat.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson emphasized that Cowell’s request will have no effect on I-485’s completion.

“DOT tells us they’ll be considering a short list of contractors very soon,” Pearson said.

Cowell is turning to the legislature after losing one round. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office said last month that the I-485 financing plan is legal. Cowell said that doesn’t mean it’s the most prudent or efficient way to pay for the road.

Uncertain prospects

The legislature may not prove any more sympathetic. The chief sponsor of the law being debated, Democratic Rep. Nelson Cole of Reidsville, has said that the I-485 plan is an example of precisely how the statute was intended to work.

“My language in the bill was about as simple as it could get,” Cole said Wednesday, adding that he doubts the House will take up Cowell’s request in this year’s short legislative session. “Who’s going to carry the water for her?”

Rep. Becky Carney, a Charlotte Democrat and co-leader of the House Transportation Committee, said the legislature had already weighed in on the funding question when both the House and Senate passed the law.

“It’s clear what the intent was,” Carney said, “allowing the maximum flexibility for financing roads.”

The disagreement is festering just as Cowell released a report warning that the state can’t afford to borrow any more money to build roads or buildings for the next five years if it wants to keep its top credit rating.

Perdue’s plans

Perdue announced plans in November to build the last five miles of I-485, an irritant for years for Charlotte officials who were frustrated that the state left its largest city with a highway loop that looks like a doughnut with a bite missing. She was under pressure after promising months earlier that construction would start by year’s end and then having to back away from that pledge.

Under the new financing plan, the construction company or companies selected will finance $50 million of the $340 million costs, and the state will pay them back over 10 years.

Cowell, who oversees the issuing of debt and how much debt the state can afford, said the plan sets the precedent of an individual agency obligating the state to a debt with no oversight from her office or any other “financial body.” Cole countered that the law he wrote provides an additional tool to pay for roads at a time of growing need and declining revenue.

Cowell’s office on Tuesday released the annual debt affordability study, which warned that the state can afford to borrow only $9.1 million for each of the next five years to build roads and buildings if officials want to remain within self-imposed limits necessary to keep North Carolina’s top bond rating. The AAA rating allows the state to get the best interest rate on bonds, an advantage held by only six other states. The $9.1 million is little more than cushion for error in the context of a $6 billion debt load.

North Carolina, however, still has $1.9 billion in debt that has already been authorized and is available for other construction projects, Cowell said Wednesday.