Ken Locklin: North Carolina is one of six states where “third-party” sales of energy is illegal. This prohibition is a vestige of a time when competition in the electric sector would have meant multiple companies stringing up wires down the same street. Technology is changing, and so should the law.
Kavitha Davidson: In yet another sign that college sports recruiting has gotten out of hand, University of Michigan tight-ends coach Jay Harbaugh sent a hand-written note to a four-star prospect’s girlfriend. Pick your adjective: inappropriate; unprofessional; desperate; creepy. Unfortunately, it’s also par for the course.
Froma Harrop: The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors’ notes found at his home. But Germany’s strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline. A horrific event that could have been averted with a sharing of information happened because of laws designed to protect privacy. As typically occurs in such cases, the same public that supported such laws turns around and asks, why didn’t the authorities know?
David Brooks: Indiana has passed a state law like a 1993 federal act and sparked an incredible firestorm. The opponents seem to be saying there is no valid tension between religious pluralism and equality. Claims of religious liberty are covers for anti-gay bigotry. But if there is no attempt to balance religious liberty and civil rights, the cause of gay rights will be associated with coercion, not liberation.
A small boy being treated for leukemia at Duke Medicine has been the subject of his father’s Facebook post about his son being made fun of due to his bald head. Here’s hoping that parents and teachers take the time to address their children about appropriate behavior in dealing with the ill.
NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson met with editorial and newsroom folk this week to talk about wide-ranging topics, including the new Hofmann Forest plan, the school’s endowment nearing $1 billion and the difficulty of retaining faculty when there’s been virtually no pay raise in six years. He also talked about rumors that he is being mentioned as a possible candidate for UNC system president.
Regarding J. Peder Zane’s March 11 column “Being fair about poverty center”: Zane wrote that it might not be fair to call the closing of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, “which is run by the sulfurous GOP critic Gene Nichol,” what it absolutely is.
The March 18 editorial “The delay game” on the lack of transparency in North Carolina State government was right on the money – the money we spend as taxpayers on state government departments that won’t release information we are entitled to as citizens.
Regarding Charles Heatherly’s March 30 Point of View “The N.C. lottery’s losing numbers”: Many North Carolinians enjoy playing the lottery. They’re glad that the state has a source of extra revenue for a good cause.
Regarding the March 27 news article “Bill filed to sell Dix site to highest bidder”: Has our state Senate completely lost all concept of a legally binding executed agreement? What a fiasco this has been. Who in their right mind would enter into good faith negotiations with the state of North Carolina?
Regarding the March 31 news article “N.C. to debate religion bill”: Supporters of the “religious freedom” bill are mistaken when they claim this bill is similar to a federal version passed over 20 years ago. The current bill is the opposite of the federal bill in that it promotes discrimination rather than preventing it.
Regarding Melissa Christensen’s March 27 Point of View “Doing what’s best for our children” about religious exemption from vaccinations: I’m sorry that her children have suffered colitis episodes. If a connection between colitis and vaccination were established, a medical exemption from vaccination would apply. That Christensen is “convinced that the blood (in her daughter’s stool) was a reaction her body was having to the shots” is not proof of a connection.
When the unemployment rate in our state falls a few tenths of a percent, our lawmakers congratulate themselves for creating jobs. This reduction is partly the result of the long-term unemployed very sensibly not applying for benefits that do not exist. Hence, they are no longer considered unemployed.
We have a Republican House, Senate, governor and representatives to the U.S. Senate. There are no political barriers to our focus on a more effective, and efficient, government or on getting more disposable income into the hands of our residents – both of which are fundamental to a strong economy. Time to help help make it happen!
Jennifer Rudinger’s March 24 column “Repairing the damage to voting rights” was a clever bait-and-switch; instead of evidence of rights being violated or suppressed, we got reduced participation numbers. She can assume one causes the other, but we all know what happens when we assume.
Kudos to the N.C. State students who have made such a success of their pizza-box composting initiative (March 20 news story). Others who want to make a similar investment in the environment have a terrific local option: Compost Now (started several years ago, incidentally, by former N.C. State students) is a local company that will make weekly pick-ups of compostable materials from our homes. They take kitchen scraps, bits of paper, ailing house plants, pizza boxes and much more. My family’s weekly trash has been reduced to one bag a week. An additional benefit for gardeners is that we get rich, composted soil in return. Check it out.