What restoring oysters would mean for NC’s economy, environment

Dr. Charles Peterson: For 20 years, North Carolina has actively committed to reversing the trend of low oyster harvests. Blue ribbon advisory panels have been convened to guide oyster revitalization, and tens of millions of dollars have been invested in oyster research, habitat repair and protection, and increased oyster cultivation. North Carolinians are well-acquainted with the culinary delights offered by oysters. What is not yet so widely appreciated are the substantial and varied environmental benefits they provide.


‘Religious freedom’ bills a step back for America

Tim Cook: America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business. At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers’ lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That’s why, on behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation – wherever it emerges. I’m writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement. From North Carolina to Nevada, these ‘religious freedom’ bills truly will hurt jobs, growth and the economic vibrancy of parts of the country where a 21st century economy was once welcomed with open arms.


If tempted to disrespect evangelicals, remember Dr. Foster

Nicholas Kristof: Today, among urban Americans and Europeans, “evangelical Christian” is sometimes a synonym for “rube.” In liberal circles, evangelicals constitute one of the few groups that it’s safe to mock openly. But I’ve been truly awed by those I’ve seen in so many remote places, combating illiteracy and warlords, famine and disease, humbly struggling to do the Lord’s work as they see it, and it is offensive to see good people derided. On a recent trip to Angola, the country with the highest child mortality rate in the world, I came across a rural hospital run by Dr. Stephen Foster, 65, who has lived there for 37 years – much of that in a period when the Angolan regime was Marxist and hostile to Christians.


A telling admission from NC Republican in local sales tax debate

Chris Fitzsimon: One of the most interesting debates of this General Assembly session is about the proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown to redistribute local sales tax revenue among counties by increasing the share allocated to rural areas and decreasing how much urban areas receive. Brown says that there are now two North Carolinas, one rich and one poor, and that the General Assembly needs to do something to help the struggling counties and the people who live there. It’s an explicit admission by a key conservative legislative leader that public investments play an important role in a healthy economy and the quality of life for North Carolinians.


The mark of terror

We don’t need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don’t need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential terrorist attacks apparently made this tragedy possible.

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NCSU chancellor Woodson on Hofmann Forest, endowment, UNC system presidency

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.

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