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Headlines sell papers, content brings them back

Often, we are stirred to emotional response by the headlines of a “news” article, opinion page, and yes, even a blog headline.

A current article in today’s Gazette makes us chuckle a bit: “How Liquor Stores Stack Up in Gaston County”.

At first glance, without reading the article, one would think (even the simpletons who edit these pages), that we have stacks of ABC stores in our backwoods lovin’ neighborhoods.

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You could have a stack of books, a stack of boxes, or a stack of pallets, but stacking up liquor stores?

Of course it made us look — you did too if you clicked on the link or read it in the paper.

The content of the story is trying to make a case to combine all the community’s ABC boards into one (Re: Gastonia), and to point out that the smaller towns don’t know how to market their local operations. And of course, the Gastonia ABC general manager points out that people want to shop at larger, well lit stores. (Re: Gastonia –Cox Road or Long Avenue).

Well, we haven’t seen either dirty or poorly lit stores in either Cramerton or Mt. Holly. Yes, the selection of product is smaller, and as most retail outlets will demonstrate, product offerings tend to follow local consumer demand. Certain items that sell well at Cox Road might not do well or even be offered at Mt. Holly. We get a kick out of the fact that a Harris Teeter is nearby the Cox Road store, and “Always Low Prices” Food Lion is next to the Cramerton and Mt. Holly stores.

Hmmm…

Mt. Holly and Cramerton have Belmont’s business depending on which side of town you are coming from. It certainly is more convenient most of the time to shop locally.

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Good for the Gazette trying to imply that the yokels outside of Gastonia don’t know what they are doing. It certainly sold a couple of papers.

Interesting Blogs

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Our group of editors like to read other blogs for ideas, style, and interesting articles by other people.

Many blogs out there in the “world” can be really scary. We found one that has been very popular within the past month called, Stuff White People Like. Just putting the link here and not posting it to the blog roll is probably all we are willing to do right now.

Have you ever seen nine people try to push each other into the bushes? It’s not a pretty site, even with glasses of Pinot Grigrio, or Merlot in hand. It’s easier with a Budweiser though…

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In our opinion it is a funny and thought-provoking cultural view. Any thoughts from ya’ll?

Perseverance Counts – Giants Win Big

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‘Nuff said…

Giants 23 – Packers 20 OT

Belmont native, Koren Robinson, played ok, team just couldn’t put it away tonight.

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Looking forward now to the Super Bowl, and having to clean up this party mess…

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Happy New Year !

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Ok, we are a little late posting – long time to recover, airport delays, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Really, we hope you have a happy new year !

Poll shows no easy re-election for Dole

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The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Senator Elizabeth Dole is facing a difficult re-election in 2008.

We feel pretty skeptical about this considering the strong republican segment in NC and the fact that few people know much about democratic hopefuls, Kay Hagan, Jim Neal, and John Hendrix

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2002 election result for Gaston County:

Gaston Bowles 34.9% 14,976
Dole 63.4% 27,176
0.0% 0
Other 1.6% 704

There are other political parties active in North Carolina that would hope to field candidates, however, NC laws prevent ballot access. This has been a continual discussion on the Belmont Front Porch, usually when the weather is warmer and we can sit outside longer in the evenings.

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Beer, wine maker has new home in Belmont textile mill

We love it !

Of all the uses for former textile facilities, warehousing being one, enterprises such as an internet sales of beer and wine making don’t usually top the economic development list.

Alternative Beveridge has been around awhile and recently moved operations to Belmont, and the Gazette highlighted the operation in East Belmont in a recent article.

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(Mike Hendsill – Gazette Photo)

In our humblest opinion, the entrepreneurs of the world are at the top of the list. Several of our blogsite readers and commentors own these types of businesses and are quite successful. Some grow to become giant organizations, others provide a comfortable living for the owners and employees within a community. So, kudos to ya’ll who have those types of visions and determination to make a business grow and thrive over time.

What we like about Alternative Beveridge is the simple way of teaching and servicing their customers.

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A simple way to homebrew

Latest Monster Attack Targets Employers

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Is nothing private anymore?

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A report in Workforce Management is discussing a recent hacker attack that compromised Monster’s information system.

Acknowledging that no security system is totally safe from penetration. It points to a scary fact that using aggregating database systems, such as Monster, Careerbuilder, or even social-networking sites such as Facebook, individual privacy is traded for a “promise”.

“The recent assault didn’t target the Monster database; instead, it was what experts refer to as an IFrame exploit. Job seekers viewing employer profiles on Monster were unknowingly redirected to another server, leaving some users vulnerable to hackers, says Roger Thompson of Exploit Prevention Labs, a New Kingstown, Pennsylvania, company that offers products and services to prevent Web-based security breaches.”

“These are innocent eyes going to Monster,” Thompson says. “They are unaware of the dangers that lurk.”

According to Exploit Prevention Labs, exploits cover the spectrum of website viewing. Below is a recent demonstration of one that affected Major League Baseball:

So, what can be done to protect your privacy?

Be aware, be very aware… someone is always watching…