Archive for September, 2014

Domestic violence is more than an NFL issue

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Rocky Mount Telegram, September 25, 2014. If there is one positive outcome of the NFL’s high-profile domestic violence cases, it has been a long overdue discussion of relationships and abusive behavior. In classrooms, at the water cooler, at dinner tables and everywhere else, it seems, ordinary people are speaking their minds about a […]

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Reducing poverty should be N.C.’s primary goal

| September 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by The Daily Tarheel, September 26, 2014. If there were a disease afflicting one out of every five North Carolinians — an affliction that caused people to go hungry, made learning more difficult, made career advancement a pipe dream for the afflicted and affected generation after generation in the state — then it would […]

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Fade to black on our state’s film industry?

| September 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Editorial by The Time-News, September 26, 2014. Will Pat McCrory be remembered as the governor who killed the film industry in North Carolina? It could be, if the film community’s most dire predictions come to pass.  McCrory has announced that he won’t call the General Assembly back in session to discuss film incentives, historic preservation […]

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Jails and prisons not equipped to care for mentally ill

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by Wilmington Star-News, September 26, 2014. Unthinkable. Inhumane. How could this have happened? There should be no shortage of outrage over the revelation that a mentally ill prisoner in Alexander County died of thirst while in custody. The incident happened in March, but the autopsy was just released on Thursday. A much more thorough […]

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Numbers say Tillis is likely to defeat Kay Hagan

| September 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

by John Davis, John Davis Political Consulting, September 26, 2014. This is an update of my January 10, 2014 report titled, North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race: Numbers Say Republican Thom Tillis is Likely to Upset Kay Hagan. From the January 10 report: No North Carolina Democrat has won a second term in the U.S. Senate since 1968 […]

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The free and fastest way to strengthen public schools: establish discipline

| September 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Bill Massey, former teacher and principal, published in News and Observer, September 27, 2014. Listing reasons why public schools can seem ineffective these days can be overwhelming: not enough money, too much testing, crowded classrooms, Common Core curriculum, bad teachers, uninvolved parents, overreliance on technology, distractions of social media. So why not focus on […]

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Ken Burns got FDR and Josephus Daniels’ relationship wrong

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Rob Christensen, News and Observer, September 27, 2014. When Franklin D. Roosevelt, the rich, arrogant New Yorker, first met the only boss he would ever have, Raleigh’s Josephus Daniels, he was not impressed. “When I first knew him,” FDR wrote, “he was the funniest looking hillbilly I had ever seen.” As assistant secretary of […]

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Let’s show real respect for teachers

| September 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Jim Hunt, former Governor of NC, published in Asheville Citizen-Times, September 27, 2014. Earlier this year, I called for a state commitment to raise teacher pay to the national average in the next four years. It was a bold proposal, but that’s what leaders do. Since that time, teachers got a raise, but what […]

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2015 Budget undermines NC’s competitiveness

| September 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Editorial by NC Budget and Tax Center, September 26, 2014. A new report from the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center finds that the 2015 state budget, enacted by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory, undermines North Carolina’s competitive position in the 21st century global economy. After poring over the details of the new […]

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McCrory: We need fewer lawyers, fewer journalists and more truck drivers

| September 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Katie Arcieri, Triad Business Journal, September 25, 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday said that North Carolina needs fewer journalists and lawyers and more truck drivers and technical workers as he unveiled his “1,000 in 100” work force development initiative in Greensboro as part of a three-city tour. As part of the initiative, local work force development teams […]

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