Wake up call?

By R. Neal
April 13, 2006 - DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff says Katrina was a wake-up call for disaster planners. Oh, and don't expect any help from the federal government - you're on your own.

Nuclear industry turns South

April 10, 2006 - The New York Times has a revealing story today about Gaffney, South Carolina -- for all who have driven down I-85 through upstate SC, it's home of the famous "Gaffney Peach" -- and how residents are embracing a nuclear power as a possible boon for the economy:

Halliburton to pave Shenandoah Valley

By R. Neal
April 4, 2006 - Here's an interesting column from a local paper about a Halliburton/Virginia DOT scheme to widen I-81 to eight lanes through the Shenandoah Valley to accommodate more truck freight. The writer explains why this isn't such a swell idea, and proposes a common-sense alternative.

Conservation purchase

By R. Neal
March 28, 2006 - The Nature Conservancy and the Conservation Group have purchased more than 200,000 acres of forest land from International Paper for $300 million. The properties are all located in the South.