20,000 used electric cars will be hitting the market as Hertz rental car company has
decided to replace those vehicles with gas powered vehicles for their rental fleet. One of
the reasons given was the enormous expense of repairs when electric vehicles are
damaged in an accident.
Across the country, 12 Attorney Generals have asked the FDA to reduce Marijuana from
a Schedule 1 narcotic (which includes heroin and LSD) to a Schedule III narcotic,
basically reducing the penalty and restrictions that currently make the organic product a
felony in some states. Currently Marijuana is legal as a recreational drug in 24 states
and for medical use in 38 states. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted in 2023
to legalize marijuana sale and possession for adults 21 and older on the tribal lands.
The Eastern Band had already authorized its use for medical purposes. This action is
the first time a southern state has legalized marijuana use for adults.
In states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use, the criminal market
has been undercut and the sales tax has generated millions in tax dollars.
The Governor of Texas has made a bold statement. Governor Abbott signed a bill that
would make illegal immigration a state crime. Police would now be allowed to arrest
people that entered the country illegally.
“Operation Lone Star” which is a multi-agency alliance between the Governor, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard was created to stop illegal
immigration and the smuggling of drugs and weapons into the United States. Since the
start of the project, there have been almost 500,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions
and 40,000 criminal arrests. Over 450 million doses of fentanyl have been seized.
As if living in North Carolina was expensive enough, the N.C. Rate Bureau has
submitted a request with the NC Department of Insurance to raise homeowner’s
insurance rates up to 99%. That doesn’t sound legal to me. The Rate Bureau says the
average increase would be around 42% across the state, but the coastal region would
be much higher in the 79%-99% category. I don’t know about you, but there are very
few expenses in my life that I can adjust for an increase of 99% without it financially
hurting. Apparently, the N.C. Rate Bureau is not made up of homeowners with limited
resources for income. What the state must take into consideration is how many people
will be forced to drop their insurance all together.
Remember knowledge is power and living is expensive and securing our borders is
essential to all of us.