The General Assembly should proceed with a proven scientific solution to protect our water reservoir rather than waste taxpayer money on an experimental method. Leading scientists in the area know what must be done to clean up Falls Lake, and the SolarBee experiment is definitely not the answer.
Larry King: The bill to set up a nonpartisan redistricting process for North Carolina has the bipartisan support of 63 cosponsors, so it would easily pass the 120-seat House. It is identical to the bill introduced last year with 61 cosponsors. And it is identical to the bill that passed the House in 2011 with a vote of 88 to 27, led by then-Speaker Thom Tillis.
Regarding the Charlotte Observer editorial “A liberal uprising headed to N.C.?” you reprinted April 17: Thanks for my laugh of the day! The proverbial shoe may now be on the other foot! For conservatives, how is it perfectly acceptable to foist on everyone the agenda of ultra-conservatives like the billionaire Koch brothers, who have manipulated politics to suit their ideology, but it is unacceptable for liberal billionaires to do the same? What a joke!
Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.
In 2010, the Department of Defense repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” giving troops the ability to serve openly as gay in the military. There are an estimated 1 million veterans in a same-sex relationship, making this a large-scale issue.
Megan McArdle: Why has America gone lunatic on the subject of unattended children? Parents hover over their kids as if every step might be their last. If they don’t hover, strangers do, calling the police to report any parent who leaves their child to run into the store for a few minutes.
Gene Nichol: I understand North Carolina has undergone an ideological sea change. But what political philosophy not only embraces, but apparently requires, government by mendacity in proposing and explaining the abortion bill, the Wake County commissioner district bill, religious freedom bill, the voting law?
FBI Director James B. Comey: Good people helped murder millions in the Holocaust. And that’s the most frightening lesson of all – that our very humanity made us capable of, even susceptible to, surrendering our individual moral authority to the group, where it can be hijacked by evil.
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