August 2010



You may have seen the recent news reports about a new study that found high levels of bacteria in reusable grocery bags.  After reading that study, and another conducted in Toronto in 2009 (see news reports of the Toronto Study here), I have written a letter to our Health Department.  In it, I ask them to review this matter and report back to the public on the safety of these bags.

The studies found unsafe levels of bacteria in a high percentage of the bags.  Some even had E. coli.   Yeast and mold (more…)

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Regardless of the final program put in place to help struggling small businesses purchase paper bags, the idea that our local government officials were working closely with Senator Basnight’s office to create a taxpayer funded warehouse and distribution system, is newsworthy.  How has this story been treated in our own ‘mainstream media’?  Below are local stories printed after ToD ran the original Papergate story: (more…)


In response to a reader’s request to see the original emails, five of the relevant emails are posted below.  Not sure how well these images will post so there is a PDF link above each image.  You can also see the five emails (more…)


According to emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, ToD has learned that Senator Basnight is directing the efforts of local leaders as they seek to implement the plastic bag ban which goes into effect October 1st.  Basnight’s office has sent out detailed instructions as to what the Senator considers an acceptable paper bag program.  The cost of this program is going to come out of the pocket of the taxpayer, as usual.  (more…)


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Duke Energy has scrapped plans to build a three turbine pilot wind farm on the Pamlico Sound.   They cited high costs as the main reason.  The price of pilot program was estimated to be $35 Million but further study revealed it to be more in the neighborhood of $145 Million.  Between the high cost and the difficulty (more…)


Here is a clear-cut case for the de-funding of public television.  Here you have elected legislators pressuring UNC-TV to air a controversial documentary without the usual editorial scrutiny.  The documentary in question painted a one-sided, negative picture of Alcoa.  Alcoa is trying to get a renewal of its license to operate hydroelectric dams in the Yadkin River Basin.  The State of North Carolina is challenging the license renewal and in fact, wants to take over the property and the operation of the dams.

State Senator Marc Basnight pressured UNC-TV officials to air the documentary (more…)


Basnight got some free advertising for his June fundraiser courtesy of a publicly distributed email from the town of Kill Devil Hills.

According to the News and Observer, KDH Town Clerk Mary Quidley used a public email list, normally reserved for distribution of public information like crime alerts and weather bulletins, to advertise for the event.  It all started when (more…)

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