Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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LEGISLATORS NEED TO IMPLEMENT, NOT DEFLECT, LEANDRO JUDGE'S ORDER: Judge Lee, a Democrat, gained his assignment to oversee implementation of the Leandro settlement from former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin – a Republican. Lee made note during the hearing that his actions are not constricted by the state’s constitutional separation of powers. He quoted former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, who was a Republican when he served on the high court. “When the State fails to live up to its constitutional duties, a court is empowered to order the deficiency remedied, and if the offending branch of government or its agents either fail to do so or have consistently shown an inability to do so, a court is empowered to provide relief by imposing a specific remedy and instructing the recalcitrant state actors to implement it,” Orr said in a 2004 Leandro unanimous ruling where he was joined by the other five Republicans and lone Democrat on the state’s high court.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-legislators-need-to-implement-not-deflect-leandro-judge-s-order/19865...

Saturday News: Not on his watch

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GOVERNOR COOPER VETOES ANTI-CRT AND ANTI-PROTEST BILLS: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed two bills Friday, including an anti-Critical Race Theory bill that would have regulated what views public schools can “promote” and required them to post online in advance curriculum and guest speakers who might talk about race or gender. In an emailed statement, Cooper said: “The legislature should be focused on supporting teachers, helping students recover lost learning, and investing in our public schools. Instead, this bill pushes calculated, conspiracy-laden politics into public education.” Cooper also vetoed House Bill 805, known as “Prevent Rioting and Civil Disorder,” which would have created stricter penalties for people who riot. Speaker Tim Moore filed the bill after George Floyd protests last summer became destructive. Both of these bills are deeply rooted in a racist mindset, and Republicans should be ashamed for even trying.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article253948433.html

Friday News: Undeserved trust

SECURITY GUARD CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE OF 14 YEAR-OLD: On Monday, an on-duty private security officer was assigned to drive a 14-year-old in need of psychological treatment to a Charlotte hospital. Along the way, police say, he pulled over and had sex with the girl. Now, David Logan Marsh of Waxhaw faces an array of criminal charges, including statutory rape of a child and two counts each of indecent liberties with a child and sexual activity by a custodian. G4S is a British security company with offices in Charlotte and across the country. Its area clients include health care facilities and the Charlotte Area Transit System. The company’s website highlights its handling of behavioral-health patients, saying its staff provides “a dignified, empathetic and respectful transportation service for mental health patients in order to decrease law enforcement involvement and further patient trauma.” Some in the General Assembly think she's old enough to get married, especially if she gets pregnant.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/crime/article254100903.html

Thank you to our local hospitals combatting COVID-19

Dear Editor,

Despite the difficulties that COVID-19 brought to North Carolina, our local hospitals rose to the challenge to help those in need, and save countless lives. Whether patients were treated for coronavirus or a routine medical need, local hospitals continued to provide quality care.

Thursday News: Virgil, quick come see...

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LEE STATUE IN RICHMOND BROUGHT DOWN, CUT INTO PIECES: One of America’s largest monuments to the Confederacy, the equestrian statue was lifted down to the ground just before 9 a.m., after a construction worker who strapped harnesses around Lee and his horse lifted his arms in the air and counted down, “Three, two, one!” to jubilant shouts from a crowd of hundreds. A work crew then began cutting it into pieces. “This was a long time coming, part of the healing process so Virginia can move forward and be a welcoming state with inclusiveness and diversity,” said Gov. Ralph Northam, who was there to witness the event. The Democrat said it represents “more than 400 years of history that we should not be proud of,” and congratulated Virginians for supporting its removal. Not only was he a failure, he was a traitor as well. Good riddance.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/towering-robert-e-lee-statue-richmond-virginia-come-down-n1278669

Wednesday News: Tell Gerry what you think

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PUBLIC HEARINGS COMMENCE ON REDISTRICTING PROCESS: Wednesday: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, 6 p.m. Sept. 14: Forsyth Technical Community College, 4 p.m. Sept. 14: Elizabeth City State University, 5 p.m. Sept. 15: Nash Community College, 5 p.m. Sept. 15: Durham Technical Community College, 6 p.m. Sept. 16: Pitt Community College, 3 p.m. Sept. 16: Alamance Community College, 5 p.m. Sept. 21: Western Carolina University, 5 p.m. Sept. 22: Central Piedmont Community College, 3 p.m. Sept. 23: Mitchell Community College (Iredell County campus), 3 p.m. Sept. 28: UNC-Pembroke, 4 p.m. Sept. 29: UNC-Wilmington, 5 p.m. Sept. 30: Fayetteville Technical Community College, 6 p.m. Those who can’t make it in person can go online to the legislature’s redistricting page and leave a written comment instead.
https://www.wral.com/want-some-say-in-how-nc-lawmakers-redraw-voting-maps-here-s-your-chance/19863059/

Medical Professionals Need Our Support Now More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally affected every single North Carolinian, whether through the loss of a loved one, jobs disappearing, or getting sick themselves. The health and well-being of medical professionals in our community have also taken a significant toll, yet their struggle has gone unnoticed as they cared for patients on the frontlines at the height of the pandemic.

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