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Monday, April 24, 2006

Blogger Problems

Blogger.com is having problems today.

I notice the two blog entries from eight hours ago have finally been published. The host has a message posted advising that serious problems are being experienced and that publishing will be slower than normal. No duh.

The Virginia Blog Carnival Is Up

Norm over at One Man's Trash has this week's offerings from Virginia's best bloggers. Check them out here.

There is some great stuff this week.

A Memo To Roanoke Times Reporters:

Would you please go down the hall and read the news to the editorial staff?

Duncan Adams has a revealing and marvelously well-written report in this morning's paper (read it here) relating to a survey released by the president of Roanoke College and an economics lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in which it was made clear that the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is lagging behind the nation in growth, household income, "quality of life," and ... taverns. And little is being done about it.

The editorial page of the paper, taking the latest news into account, comes out with a hard-hitting piece demanding that area leaders create conditions such that Roanoke no longer wallows at the bottom of every national economic survey.


No, the editorial staff has no interest in the fact that Roanoke is falling behind the entire western world in population growth, in economic vitality, in ... They advocate the opposite. They instead are enthralled with the governor's plan to remove 400,000 acres of property from ever being productive. And they demand that the state of Virginia set aside taxes so that the land can be purchased and made permanently unproductive:

Kaine's blueprint for a green Virginia

The governor's commitment to land preservation can be realized, if he can gain the cooperation of the General Assembly.

Gov. Tim Kaine has the right vision: Preserve Virginia land from almost limitless development.

He has a measurable goal: Protect 400,000 acres by the end of his four-year term, in 2010.

The governor and General Assembly need to guarantee a steady source of funding by dedicating a particular tax or portion of a tax for land preservation -- and soon.

At Virginia's pace of development, delay will mean failure. (

Virginia's pace of development is at a gallop. Roanoke's can charitably be described as a slow crawl.

And the Times editorial page, in its relentless effort to retard the former, will, if its scheme is adopted, most assuredly help destroy the latter.