What’s wrong with this picture?
Two and a half hours. That’s how long it took me to get a North Carolina voter’s picture ID at the Motor Vehicle Department last Friday.
It is no wonder that voters are discouraged and thus disenfranchised from participating in primaries and elections.
I am a new resident of North Carolina and a registered voter, and now I understand why there is opposition to the requirement for Voter ID’s. Two and a half hours. Why isn’t there a separate line for voters to speed up the process instead of waiting along with folks who are at the DMV to register vehicles, take driving tests, etc., a simple step which would simplify matters.
Two and a half hours. It’s no wonder I look grumpy in the picture on my ID.
Nan L. Glass
Enough about voter fraud. If I want to commit voter fraud by impersonation, I will have to get precinct maps, find someone who lives there and go to that precinct.
When I get there, I will have no idea about the following things: If the person is registered to vote. The person has already voted. The person votes differently from me. A precinct worker knows that person and denies my attempt. My picture is taken.
Even if I go to several precincts, I have spent far too much time and risk during a workday for little effect. I would have been better off registering in several states and using absentee ballots.
If I want to make a difference, I need to be on the inside of the process. There I can use methods with proven track records of altering elections at every level - ballot manipulation, bribery, purging voter rolls, gerrymandering, precinct starving, relocating voting sites and hacking touchscreen voting machines.
Anyone who defends the voter ID law with the election integrity defense is committing greater fraud than I am. It will accomplish nothing except disenfranchizing the poor and making voting more difficult.
Sierra Club endorses 3
Based on their records and positions on responsible growth and transportation policies, on protecting air and water quality, on preservation of farmland and open space and on new parks and trails, the Sierra Club endorses Heidi Carter, Wendy Jacobs and Ellen Reckhow for the Durham Board of County Commissioners.
We believe these candidates will work to make Durham a better place to live and to bring jobs, a higher standard of living and enhanced quality of life for all Durham residents.
Sierra Club Headwaters Group
DPS budget bloat
Thank you for giving the Bull City Rising exposé of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education’s monetary shenanigans wider exposure (bit.ly/1LusuwO).
This courageous exposé makes clear that our incumbent Commissioners Fred Foster, Brenda Howerton, Wendy Jacobs, Michael Page and Ellen Reckhow were wise in holding the line on DPS funding
The exposé makes clear the following: It is a fact that DPS spends far more in administrative costs than its self-selected peer counties. The much ballyhooed loss of revenue to charter schools is a red herring. There is administrative bloat in the School Board budget.
In 2015, the school board overfunded highly compensated administrative staff and underfunded less well-compensated school bus drivers and maintenance workers. They then castigated the county commissioners for not making up the difference. This was a scam with a double whammy: It created a phony baloney “morality” play with the county commissioners as the villains, while seeking to bamboozle the taxpayers out of more dollars.
Don't vote for anyone who participated in this scheme.
The incumbent commissioners, from the entire political spectrum, agree that additional funds should not be forthcoming until DPS restores confidence in their fiscal management. They deserve your support and your votes.
The wrong date
The main purpose of Black History Month is to educate and to highlight the achievements of African American. One of the most prominent North Carolinians was James E. Sheppard, the founder of NCCU.
NCCU was chartered as the National Religious Training School Chautuqua in November 1909. Classes began in October 1910. For whatever reason, Sheppard used the date that classes began in 1910 as the date that the university was founded. Thus after his death in 1947 until now the university has celebrated 1910 as the date that the university was founded, and the date that NCCU emerged as the first African-American public liberal arts university. Unfortunately, as is often the case with history the year is incorrect.
Here is why. The National Religious Training School evolved into the National Training School in 1914 and into Durham State Normal school in 1921. The state of N.C. assumed control of Durham State Normal in 1925, adding a four-year teaching curriculum and changing the name of the school to North Carolina College for Negroes. This was America’s first public black liberal arts college. An endowment by B.N. Duke of $50,000 for land acquisition secured Durham as a permanent site for the school. Until that time, there was a good deal of discussion about moving the school “downeast” to either Kinston or Rocky Mount.
The first four-year class graduated in 1929. The class motto was “We point the way.” NCC was created to create a middle class, academics and a professional class of lawyers, doctors, teachers, and to enhance a new leadership class for black Americans. Unlike many other black colleges, NCCU survived the Great Depression and remains one of the premiere institutions of higher education in America.
Backing the bond
As a private, not-for-profit, economic development agency serving 28 counties in eastern North Carolina, we are dedicated to improving the capacity of our region to sustain and attract companies that will create quality jobs for our residents.
Several months ago, our Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of the ConnectNC bond referendum. We revisited this decision recently, after the legislature approved a $2 billion bond issue that did not include funds for transportation projects; our board unanimously endorsed the action of our legislature to move forward with a bond issue supporting critically needed investments in higher education, clean water systems, and our state parks system.
The legislature’s decision to reduce the magnitude of the bond issue, eliminating the transportation component, was a result of their action to end the practice of transferring money from the Highway Trust Fund to the general fund, freeing an additional $216 million each year (that’s more than $2 billion over the next decade); a huge step towards improving our connectivity.
We have lost many jobs over the past decade as a result of global shifts in manufacturing, but we are experiencing significant growth in STEM-related manufacturing jobs such as aerospace, life sciences, motor vehicle parts, value-added agriculture (food, wood products) as well as health care and financial services. The life science sector, for example, includes several biopharmaceutical companies located east of Raleigh that announced expansions totaling over $2 billion in the past two years that will result in nearly 2,000 new jobs.
Many of our major employers also have an aging workforce that will be retiring over the next 5 or so years. Our community colleges and universities play an oversized role in providing the technical talent needed by these employers, not only in educating the next generation, but in retraining adults that have lost jobs and need to improve their knowledge and skills to qualify for new economy jobs. The $200+ million of bond proceeds slated for eastern NC universities and community colleges will allow these institutions to build, renovate and equip new science and other facilities needed to meet current student needs. We urge voters in our region to support our businesses and the ConnectNC bond package by voting ‘yes’ onMarch 15 in recognition that this as an investment in our people and our future success.
John D. Chaffee
President & CEO
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