Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


AS LEGISLATURE BUMBLES AND DELAYS ON REDISTRICTING, COURT NEEDS TO BE SWIFT AND DECISIVE: What has become amply clear is that the legislative leadership is doing as little as possible to comply with the federal court’s redistricting order. Rather than take the opportunity to actively inform and involve the public in the process, legislators have been content to do the least they can get away with. As anyone who sought to follow Tuesday’s public hearings learned, the many technical glitches and disorganization reflected a token effort at best by legislators who obviously have their minds made up. There are even Republican legislators, knowing what was coming even before the latest plans were disclosed, who already have announced future political plans. It’s clear the skids are greased and the public hearings were merely for show. The people of North Carolina deserve better.

Violent Klan leader in Caswell County gets off scot-free in stabbing incident

Corrupt DA's exit leaves prosecutor's office ineffective and the people unprotected:

Jacqueline Perez was appointed interim district attorney for Caswell and Person counties following the abrupt resignation of District Attorney Wallace Bradsher, who is accused of defrauding the state through a scheme in which he and former Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer allegedly hired each other’s wives for “no-show” positions.

Perez wrote in Barker’s dismissal that there was “insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution” because the state’s motion to continue the trial was denied. She added, “The district attorney’s office contacted the victim and he told the state he was not coming back to North Carolina to prosecute the case.”

Yes, this is the same guy who recently told the Latino reporter, "We're gonna burn you out, to me you're a n****r. Hey, we killed six million Jews the last time, eleven million (meaning undocumented immigrants) is nothing." He also applauded the guy who ran over Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. But to refresh your memory, here is what he did to get the felony aiding and abetting charge, which actually should have been conspiracy to commit murder:

Saturday News: Bigoted birds of a feather

TRUMP PARDONS RACIAL-PROFILING EX-SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO: President Donald Trump announced Friday evening that he is pardoning controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt. In a statement, Trump called Arpaio a “worthy candidate” for a presidential pardon and said his life exemplifies “selfless public service.” On July 31, Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court after he was deemed to have deliberately ignored a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people solely on the belief that they were in the country illegally, per USA Today. Arpaio, the sheriff of Mericopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix, and his deputies continued to do so for 17 months after the judge’s order, in a move that many accused of being racial profiling.

Friday News: The Red(neck) menace


DAN FOREST TRIES TO STIR UP FEARS BY EQUATING DURHAM PROTESTERS TO COMMUNIST REGIMES: “Communist agitators” and “anarchists” shouldn’t dictate what North Carolina does with its Confederate statues, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest says. Forest, a socially conservative Republican who plans to run for governor in 2020, told The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City that Gov. Roy Cooper was responding to the crowd in Durham that toppled a monument in front of the old Durham County courthouse when Cooper called for removal of Confederate monuments from state property. “The lieutenant governor said the destruction of the Confederate monument in Durham was an act of violence by two communist groups, and people need to remember that communists killed 100 million people,” The Daily Advance reported.

Private water, public nightmare: Customers face another rate hike for dirty water

It may be a different neighborhood, but it's the same story:

Hours before a public hearing for Carolina Water Service customers over a proposed price increase, customers in one Pender County community serviced by the utility company were once again experiencing water clarity issues.

Joyce Diggett, who lives in Hampstead’s Belvedere community, said she woke up Wednesday and jumped into the shower. Soon, though, she said her face began to burn. “I looked down and I was like, ‘I’m bathing in dirt,’” she said. She said the water was murky, full of sediment, and left a film on her skin almost like oil.

Carolina Water Service is a subsidiary of Utilities, Inc., an Illinois-based company that has been taking over public water and sewer operations for decades. Much like Aqua America, they prey on small towns and exurban communities who either don't have connections to larger municipal water supplies, or who make the wrong decision to get rid of their public works staff and let a private company take over. That first scenario is a conundrum, but the second is pure stupidity, most often driven by the desire to "trim the fat" and reduce taxes and government-collected fees for services. But inevitably, citizens end up paying more and getting less:

Thursday News: A victory for common sense


AFTER COOPER VETOES "GARBAGE JUICE" BILL, COMPANIES BACK OFF ON USING THE TECHNOLOGY: The aerosolization process theoretically allows the water to evaporate, with the heavier particles of pollution falling back onto the landfill. Environmental groups argue the technology is unproven and could spread contaminants to areas around landfills. Some have even dubbed the liquid "garbage juice," noting it contains bacteria from rotted food and diaper waste as well as heavy metals and other toxic pollutants that have seeped to the bottom and edges of the landfill. Republican legislative leaders have been pushing for years to force the state Department of Environmental Quality to allow the practice, but some waste management companies now say aerosolization doesn't work and they're no longer interested in using it. Waste company Republic Services, which tested the process at a landfill in Lenoir, said this week the trial was a failure. "We have concluded that the technique is not a viable alternative for our liquids management in North Carolina," the company said in a statement. "We have no plans for its future use or application."

This is the legacy of Silent Sam

“100 yards from where we stand, less than 90 days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench, until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady.” Julian Carr, on the commemoration of Silent Sam


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