Wrong kind of jobs for Greensboro?

State Senator Kay Hagan says she is “inclined to support” a bill banning the manufacture and sale of AWOL alcohol vaporizer devices by a Greensboro based company…

“…This is certainly not the kind of business for which Greensboro ought to be known.”  says one of my favorite legislators.

But this is OK, I presume?

C’mon. I say leave that company alone and let the market decide.  After all, don’t we need jobs around here? Perhaps if they would ask for economic incentives our legislature would leave them be.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted February 21, 2007 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Why not go ahead and ban tobacco products (lung cancer), Fabrics (Brown Lung), Furniture (OSHA – accidents), Airports (Noise Pollution), Colleges (fights), …. I could go on.

    Greensboro has other things that we SHOULD BE KNOWN – O’Henry, Sit-In Movement, Revolutionary War battle. ACC Headquarters, birth of NASCAR and so forth.

    If someone has decided to manufacture a product for the delivery of a legal substance, we shouldn’t object. However, if this company succeeds, we have failed a generation by not demonstrating to proper way to enjoy a drink.

  2. tony
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Wow Hogg…every once in a while I seem to agree with you. (although Kay Hagan is far from my list of favorite anythings).
    I just didn’t know you had the cajunas to mention the Tobacco Cartel.
    How do you feel about Greensboro’s (City Council) efforts to go smoke free?

  3. Posted February 21, 2007 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    The primary purpose of Colleges is not to produce fights. Tell me what purpose tobacco has that overrides its side effect of lung cancer.

  4. t.
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, let’s ban tobacco products. Then see what happens to our country when tobacco becomes a black-market product sold by gangs and thugs, kinda like methamphetamine is now. Now that’s an America I really want to live in (not!)

  5. hugh
    Posted February 21, 2007 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    “Tell me what purpose tobacco has that overrides its side effect of lung cancer.”

    Billions in tax revenue for State and Federal governments which is the reason it will never go away.

  6. Posted February 21, 2007 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Hugh, you’re right. But what does it cost in medical (including for those who don’t have insurance), and decreased productivity.

    Pity that we value those tax dollars greater than the health of our citizens.

  7. tony
    Posted February 22, 2007 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Here we go again.
    Every time someone wants secondhand smoke banned it’s “let’s not harm the precious tobacco money”
    Hugh…take the blood money tax revenue and deduct the health costs and let me know what you come up with.
    And if you can try to calculate using the destruction and deterioration of human life while you’re at it.