The best shots
The two best shots of the NCCA Championship game were not even published in The News & Observer.
As Coach K stood all alone at the center of the court looking around as the remaining crowd continued to celebrate, he looked up in the balcony where a lone woman stood. She then returned a smile and and blew a kiss.
Coach K's face lit up, and with a broad smile he blew a kiss to her, his wife!
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Love always wins!
Churches doing fine
I am a bit confused as to why we need these “religious freedom” laws because from where I sit as a secular person all these churches have a pretty good deal going.
It appears just about any sect or cult qualifies for tax-exempt status, and thanks to the Romney campaign I learned that tithes are termed charitable donations. I’m sure I have never seen a Mormon hospital, food bank or aid center for the poor, only Mormons need apply. I have also never seen any ramshackle churches lately, just large empty edifices on tax-free land.
Our country has a rich tradition of multiculturalism, and I support it wholeheartedly, but we also have a separation of church and state. This mission creep of Christians being downtrodden and being forced to make money from or provide a service to people who differ from themselves appears rather un-Christian to me.
As for downtrodden, I have to pay taxes for beliefs I do not share or receive any benefit from. Poor me.
These three things
I have to disagree with much of what Mr Vaden said in his column “Income mobility myth” (DN, nando.com/157).
His topic of course is “Income Inequality.” I have to ask first, what is the objective of those crusading against income inequality? Is it that everyone have equal incomes? Do they want the doctor they see paid the same as the janitor who cleans his office? Are they advocating socialism? Because if they are, they should know that everywhere it has been tried, even in police states, it has failed miserably.
My main critique of the piece however is the notion that it is difficult to rise out of the bottom 20 percent of family income if you are born into that income strata. The data indicates otherwise. To rise out of poverty you only have to do three things. Finish high school. Get married and stay married and don't have children before you are married. Responsible choices. If you do these three things your chances of staying in poverty are about 3 percent. If you don't do these three things you will probably stay poor.
The solution to low-performing schools is school choice and involved parents.
Government is not the solution to the problem. In the last fifty years we have spent untold trillions off dollars on welfare programs and the poverty rate has not budged. We have only succeeded in making the poor more comfortable. Perhaps too comfortable.
You do not solve poverty by taking money from those who work and pay taxes and giving it to those who don't.
Obama's stimulus program dollars went to crony capitalists like Solyndra. Cutting back on unemployment benefits encouraged many folks to go back to work. Medicaid expansion is not free. It is paid for with our tax dollars and throwing more money at education does not buy better outcomes.
Vincent M. DiSandro Sr.
Regarding the news article “NC legislators want Billy Graham statue in US Capitol” (N&O, April 7): I researched N&O newspapers circa 1900, and it is apparent that no person could have become governor of North Carolina then unless he supported the North Carolina constitutional amendment to disenfranchise blacks and openly averred the white race as the superior one.
Of all the Democratic candidates for governor, Charles Aycock might well have been the least radical.
On Jan. 17, 1901, The N&O printed a portion of his inaugural address, "The Governor on the Negro." Given the sentiment of the white majority, Aycock's views appear to be quite progressive, demanding an end to lynchings and adamantly guaranteeing the rights of the negro under the law.
That he championed higher education for both races is perhaps a better indication of his true feelings than supremacist words he might have spoken in order to achieve the governorship.
Just the same, all of us own the consequences of our behavior - even centuries later. I would venture to say that someday even the Rev. Billy Graham may fall into disfavor.
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