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Marshall Poe makes an interesting argument for colleges to use religion to teach their students how to live: Upon reflection, it occurred to me that all religions, if seriously practiced, do precisely what this “religion” had done for me: They... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Okay, this is two days straight that we'll get a very good civics primer from a land use blog and it comes again from Tom Terrell in a post about protest petitions: In the American system of government, individual citizens... Continue reading
Those of us who live in Lewisville, NC are very aware that the Winston-Salem area is a hotbed for road cyclists. Once the weather gets warm we start to see cyclists by the dozen park in downtown Lewisville so they... Continue reading
In today’s (4/16/14) Wall Street Journal, Winston-Salem’s very own Wake Forest Innovation Quarter plays a starring role in the paper’s Deal of the Week segment about the role of historic preservation tax credits in redeveloping mills and factories in North... Continue reading
It's not often you'll find something everyone should read on a blog dedicated to land use and zoning law, but Tom Terrell has a great post about what the corruption case involving Charlotte's ex-mayor means for us all: The only... Continue reading
Dana Blankenhorn makes a good argument for publishers turning back the clock: Back in the print era, journalism meant organizing and advocating a place, an industry or a lifestyle. It should mean that again. Newspapers could prove to car dealers... Continue reading
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Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Following is the true story of a Winston-Salem doctor who has discovered a way to give women an orgasm with the push of a button, but can't get his device to market because of a surprising lack of volunteers and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
If you think you're badass because you pop your corn using a stove-top popper then you obviously haven't seen this Chinese street vendor method: Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
My kids never really got into watching sports like baseball, basketball, football, etc. When I was their age (teens to eary 20s) my life revolved around watching all manner of sports whether it was live or on TV, but my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
From Jeri Rowe's excellent piece about Canterbury School's Father Finnin: “I hope they come to realize that faith isn’t something you have to create,’’ he says. “It’s something you recognize. Theology and God surrounds us already. So, it’s not a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Anyone else feel like we missed a huge opportunity when we didn't use the economic crisis as a reason to put people back to work by engaging them in massive public works projects? Seeing reports about our aging and crumbling... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Today Smitty turns 50 and SueMo does a much better job than I ever could in telling us why he's so important to those of us who call Winston-Salem home: I can't tell you how many people I have met,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
The American Association of University Women just released a report showing that gender pay disparity is alive and well in the US: There is a pay gap in all 50 states. In 2012, the disparity was smallest in Washington, DC,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Recently Fred Wilson wrote a blog post about urban revitalizations and highlighted what he thinks are the critical elements necessary for it to work: We’ve seen that things can be turned around. The economic and cultural juggernaut that is Brooklyn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
I love college basketball and really like pretty much all college sports. It's fun watching these kids compete and, especially with the "big" sports like basketball and football, it's great seeing the excitement the teams produce for the students, alumni... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
This might be one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen. Remarkable young lady. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
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The National Health Council has created a web-based tool that allows patients figure out which "Obamacare" plans would be most cost effective for them. Unlike the health exchange websites provided by the likes of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
The University of North Carolina is a proud institution, but how its administration has handled the "Fake Classes Scandal" has brought shame on the institution. If nothing else they've provided a case study in how not to do governance and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
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This is a bit of navel gazing, but I figured I'd put it here for future reference. After 10 years of volunteering with the Town of Lewisville, first with the Zoning Board of Adjustment and then with the Planning Board,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
It will be interesting to see if the Republicans in the states that decided not to expand Medicaid as part of ACA will pay a political price for the outcome. From the Wall Street Journal: Some GOP-led states are revisiting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
This is big news for the Yadkin Valley wine community and for the town of Lewisville, NC: Westbend Vineyards - one of North Carolina’s oldest and most pioneering wineries – stunned the Yadkin Valley wine industry with its announcement that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Because calling someone/something Marxist is as damning a critique as we have in America it's important to share the last part of this piece from Rolling Stone first so that we can keep an open mind for the author's main... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Update 2/4/14 - Fast on the heels of posting this yesterday I came across this article about a coal ash spill from a shuttered Duke Energy plant into the Dan River on Sunday. That hits very close to home. ***... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information
Earlier this week the Winston-Salem City Council approved a $100,000 loan for the Winston-Salem Chronicle newspaper. The loan raises all kinds of ethical questions for the newspaper and it also calls attention to a small business loan program administered by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Jon's Font of Worthless Information