Mary Nash Rusher: Senate Bill 700 proposes new taxes on nonprofits by severely limiting sales tax refunds. The bill would greatly harm a number of organizations that families rely on every day across our state. One is the YMCA of the Triangle.
Mohammad Javad Zarif: We made important progress in Switzerland. With the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, we agreed on parameters to remove any doubt about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to lift international sanctions against Iran. But to seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required
J. Peder Zane: The Duke noose incident and Walter Scott shooting show how we betray our country and our own humanity when we refuse to engage meaningfully the widespread feelings shared by a large group of citizens. This is as true of well-meaning liberals who accept such concerns without critique as it is of frustrated conservatives who deny the problem altogether.
Why is it that we pore through articles this month written about the 150-year anniversary remembrances of the battles of Bentonville, Morrisville and the troops occupying Raleigh and then marching to surrender at the Bennett House, but we cannot recognize the importance of the 150 years since the assassination of our great 16th president, Abraham Lincoln?
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.
Regarding Jim Goodnight’s April 16 Point of View on STEM education: Since the 1970s, educational reforms generally have failed despite well-meaning advocates, high expectations built into federal laws and state policies, philanthropic support and plenty of analyzed data to monitor progress.
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!
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.
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