Yadkin River Basin

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…)


The State of North Carolina has been working for the past year to takeover the dams owned and operated by Alcoa on the western side of the state.  The State wants to seize the private property of Alcoa and operate the dams themselves.  Being all the way over here on the coast, this story has not gotten any attention in our local press.  And I’ll admit, I’m not up to speed on all the ins and outs.  It seems to me, though, that the state seizing private property so that it can perform the same work that the private enterprise is performing because it thinks it can do it better, is obscene. It is the very same thing that Hugo Chavez is doing (more…)