Leslee Kulba

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

As of this writing, conservative media outlets continue to express optimism that Donald Trump will remain president for the next four years.

Nations’ Rankings of Freedoms 2020

Each year, the report ranks the nations of the world in terms of multiple measures of personal and economic freedom.

County Reviews COVID’s Economic Impact

At a budget retreat the Buncombe County Commissioners held on December 10, staff reported that the impacts of COVID-19 on the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, were not that bad.

Not Everyone Fairing Well Thru Pandemic

Buncombe County Tax Collector Keith Miller isn’t the only analyst describing the skyrocketing housing market as “crazy.”

Council on Obelisk: Risks Outweigh Benefits

On the current agenda, Mayor Esther Manheimer had moved discussion of what to do with the Vance Monument

Historical All-Women Council Bring Wealth of Accomplishment

Asheville is now an “historic all-woman city council,” and “an all-first in the State of North Carolina.” Three of the women are also people of color.

COVID Costs Unsearchable & Unfathomable

The complete tally of damages being caused by COVID-19 is yet to be determined. In addition to the increasing infection and death counts, individuals in the best of health have found themselves without a job and soon unable to pay rent.

Preliminary Analysis of Pandemic Response

About half a year ago, an inquiry into the rhetorical charge that there were no libertarians in a pandemic led to an email exchange with David Boaz at the Cato Institute and an awareness of a portion of the deregulation going on behind the political scenes thanks to organizations like CEI.org.

Asheville Seeks Input on Draft Noise Ordinance

The City of Asheville is taking public comment on its proposed noise ordinance through December 4.

Plowshares/Pruning Hooks a Federal Matter

The Buncombe County Commissioners  agreed to a $27 million tax abatement agreement with Pratt & Whitney after about 30 citizens complained they did not want local government enabling a multimillion multinational manufacturer of tools of war.