Our editorial last Sunday praised the Moral March in Raleigh as an effort by engaged citizens to show that there is broad and deep discontent. That brought a letter from a reader that is distinctive for its sweep and its summary of the raw conservative grievances against those protesting.
Gay rights? I personally don’t condone homosexuality, I guess due to my Baptist upbringing. I do oppose same-sex marriage. I think the decline in morals will be the downfall of our country. I am entitled to my belief as much as all these protesters. What [annoys] people like me is that these protesters act as though I have to like and condone their views. I can’t be entitled to my view anymore.
Both you and Ned Barnett need to understand something: your opinion about how somebody else should live their life is not at the same level as that person's right to live their life as they see fit. Same-sex marriage has no impact on your life, no matter how many demons your twisted mind might create. And as for the author himself, you need a lesson in false equivalency:
Video inspection of a second, 36-inch pipe shows “it has the potential by configuration to release ash material in a way similar to the 48-inch conduit,” a state dam-safety engineer wrote Duke on Friday afternoon. Steven McEvoy, a state dam safety engineer, wrote Duke that videos of the reinforced concrete pipe’s interior showed it was laid in four-foot sections with numerous joints.
McEvoy noted water was dripping through a number of those joints. In three places the flow was under pressure, forming what the engineer called “water jets.” He also saw ponding water inside the pipe. One joint near the pipe’s outfall to the river had separated, he wrote.
Once this situation is resolved, hopefully without another spill, these video inspections need to be done on all coal ash ponds across the state. And the ones where riverkeepers have reported contamination from leaks need to be at the top of that list.
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 11:29am
Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat its mistakes:
The NC NAACP filed an Amicus Brief Wednesday in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s new private-school voucher program. The brief gives a history of the role private-school vouchers have played in maintaining racially segregated schools in North Carolina.
This Report and the Pearsall Plan were adopted by the General Assembly in 1956. Governor Luther Hudges told the legislators at the opening of the session that “the people of North Carolina expect their General Assembly and their Governor to do everything legally possible to prevent their children from being forced to attend mixed schools against their wishes.” Governor’s Address to the General Assembly, July 23, 1956, 10 Senate Journal.
Regardless of the Republicans' stated motives in creating a dual school system, the end result is a separation of students and their learning potentials and the dilution of resources we as taxpayers set aside for the education of NC's children. And once these institutions are in place, the unfairness lingers:
The firm Alvarez & Marsal is best known for being tapped in 2008 to manage the bankruptcy of financial giant Lehman Brothers at a cost of nearly a half-billion dollars. Critics of the financial bailout said that bill was too high.
The contract calls for work to be done by eight people with salaries ranging from $242 to $473 per hour and an “intern” earning $84 per hour. One of the consultants, a “director,” is slated for 2,040 hours of work for total earnings over the year of $803,760.
Republicans love to crow about how government should be run like a business, but you know what? If any private-sector manager had made as many mistakes as Aldona Wos, who now apparently feels the need to bring in blue-chip consultants to untangle her mess, that manager would have been fired a long time ago. The word "inept" doesn't even cover it. And like dog poop on the carpet, that ineptitude is transferring to both McCrory and the NCGA, who are responsible for her continued employment.
Ten days after a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in Rockingham County, state health officials on Wednesday warned people against swimming in the river or eating fish from it.
Health officials warned against "recreational contact" with the river or sediment, including contacting any ash that washed up along the river banks. Because contact with the ash can cause skin irritation, people should wash exposed areas with soap and water, officials said.
Also, people should avoid eating fish or shellfish from the river downstream of the spill, they said.
No shit, Sherlock. In other news, you shouldn't try to lick a frozen pole.
The General Assembly had passed a law in July requiring legislative approval before the department asked the federal government for a significant change in Medicaid policy, known as a waiver.
Two weeks later, the department requested a waiver without informing the General Assembly as required by law, the News & Observer first reported Tuesday.
DHHS said the cost could be $2.8 million to state taxpayers. But Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Cary Republican, and a chief budget writer, expressed his concern that the department’s $2.8 million estimate could grow to as much as $45 million.
This one might be the straw that broke the Wos' back. Breaking the law is bad enough, but how many DHHS oversight hearings have they had since last Summer? 5? 7? How many times did Wos sit there with a complacent smile on her face without mentioning this? Friday news dump coming up...
The State Board of Elections and county elections offices begin accepting candidate forms at noon Monday. The filing deadline is Feb. 28.
Voters this year will decide whether to re-elect U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan or one of her rivals. They'll choose members of the U.S. House delegation, all 170 members of the General Assembly and dozens of judgeships. There will also be scores of county commissioner and school board elections.
The primary is May 6, with runoffs July 15 if needed. The general election is Nov. 4.
If you are planning to run, go ahead and file now. It will narrow down the list of races in which a candidate may need to be found, and it will help potential donors decide where best to dedicate their resources.
Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders will propose Monday a higher minimum salary for North Carolina's least experienced public school teachers as part of a long-awaited proposal designed to improve morale and retention.
The plan, detailed in a document obtained by The Associated Press, would in part ensure all public school teachers make a base salary of at least $33,000 during the 2014-15 school year and at least $35,000 the following year.
Another attempt to divide teachers, by giving entry-level educators a raise while the more experienced ones lose tenure and have to sign short-term contracts. This is not leadership, it's divide and conquer politics. And considering these new teachers will be drawing a bigger paycheck for a few months running up to the election, it might just work.
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