North Carolina's geography and indus...

North Carolina's geography and industry creates pockets of boom and gloom

There are 5 comments on the www.newsobserver.com story from Mar 12, 2008, titled North Carolina's geography and industry creates pockets of boom and gloom. In it, www.newsobserver.com reports that:

But North Carolina is faring better than much of the country. Established companies in the state boosted their payrolls by 81,100 jobs during the 12-month period ending in January. That was more jobs than in any other state, save two: Texas and New York. All areas and industries, though, are not sharing equally in the bounty. The diversity of North Carolina's geography and industry creates pockets of boom and gloom. Layoffs have stung communities in eastern counties and in the Piedmont, while some metropolitan areas have barely been scratched. "We have not experienced what you're hearing in some of the other areas of the state," said Rick Elingburg, manager of the N.C. Employment Security Office in Asheville. "We're still seeing a very strong economy."

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Livius

AOL

#1 Mar 12, 2008
The eastern part of the state is like a different state all together. We get nothing in the east... its all about Raleigh and the western cities... we need to break away and form eastern NC... a new state.. and forget that Raleigh crowd... and install some big toll roads from Raleigh to the beach!
Inner Banx Artist

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Mar 13, 2008
The Inner Banks (IBX) began a quest to create an artistic economy On Friday, February 29, 2008, The Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina hosted a workshop entitled "Creating an Artistic Economy" at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount, NC. Keynote Speaker Becky Anderson of Handmade in America spoke of the economic decline of western region and its incredible rebound by creating a whole new industry by tapping into a overlooked asset, the artistic heritage of the region. Handmade in America now contributes over 122 million dollars to the economy of western North Carolina. Panelists and facilitators included leading artists and arts professionals in ceramics, enameling, jewelry design, painting, furniture making, music, film making and education Also present were community leaders, citizens, and merchants from Eastern North Carolina looking to identify and cultivate their arts and crafts communities. Feather Phillips of Pocosin Arts Folk School in Tyrrell County led a workshop in promoting and supporting the arts. Frank Dooley of ForENC expanded on the workshop to encourage communities to identify their "found objects" that make their place in the Inner Banks distinctively different. As quilters, potters and chair makers have been found to be assets of the NC mountains, so boat builders, net makers, and woodcarvers may be some of the many artistic "assets" of the Inner Banks.(Picture- Becky Anderson presenting a banner with each western NC towns logo affixed proving that solidarity between communities is essential to economic success in rural NC. Becky explained that western communities refuse to work independent of one others needs but work in cooperative engagement for the greater good of the region. http://ibxarts.googlepages.com/home
Bitter EX democrackkk

Asheville, NC

#3 Mar 18, 2008
ENC gets the LIONS SHARE of favors from Rawleigh, ALWAYS HAS!

its the 17-24 most Western NC counties that are considering the NEW state of WNC...We WANT to be
severed from the tentacles of democrackkk oppression in Rawleigh.

Democrackkks make us PUKE. HOW did NC democrackkks EVER get to be SOooo CORRUPT?
Bitter EX democrackkk

Asheville, NC

#4 Mar 18, 2008
the democrackkk 'leader-thieves' in NC DO, in fact, plan to build nasty toll roads - 6 of them they say - all over NC...

We have the MOST CORRUPT 'governor' since the days of the vile Jim Hunt, who still points and grunts.

NC has become the CESSPOOL of the East Coast, with more NASTY democrackkks than you can count!
FTL

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Mar 29, 2008
Artists contribute NOTHING of substance to society. They do not grow crops to feed the people. They do not build roads to move people. They do not build machines. They do not create the industrial infrastructure that is required in order to come up with new medicines to help mankind. They do not process raw materials on a mass scale to market such as minerals and mining, plastics, rubber, paper, steel & petroleum that sustain the world we live in.

No, usually artists sit around and whine and complain about “eeevil Republilcans and eeeevil corporations” and such. Therefore it is no coincidence that “artists” are made up of nearly 100% self-absorbed Liberals.
Starving people cannot eat art. Art merely feeds feel-goodism of the latte sipping liberals who are among the world's most nauseating hypocrites. Artists cannot and will not ever “Save The World” as they so frequently envision themselves as doing.

If all art ceased tomorrow, mankind would go on living as long as he has food, clothing, shelter & medicine. Therefore, art is not a necessity, rather a luxury. And only a wealthy Capitalistic society has plenty of disposable income to buy art and support artists. Therefore, all you stupid Liberal artists SYFPH’s and thank god that you live in a rich capitalist society that has plenty of people with the money to by the crap you hawk.

You dumb hypocrite artists should of all people be the strongest champions of rampant capitalism and want Americans to be as rich as possible instead of constantly attacking America and trying to tear her down.

I have nothing against “art”, if ya got the money and ya like it, it’s up to you what you want to spend it on. But by the same token artists should be considered for what they are, one step above parasites on society. Centuries ago artists and performers were considered at the bottom of society. And that’s where they still belong.

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