MaryBe McMillan: Thanks to mine safety laws and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, fewer workers die on the job than did in 1970, but we still have a long way to go to prevent workplace injuries and deaths. Especially in North Carolina, where Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry has consistently shirked her responsibility to protect workers.
Lydia Lavelle: The United State Supreme Court’s consideration of same-gender marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges on Tuesday compels comparison to the perfectly named 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia, where the court addressed bans on marriage between persons of different races.
Charlotte Observer: Fear not, women of North Carolina. A bill that would create new obstacles to getting an abortion has moved to the NC Senate after passing the House. House Bill 465 would require women to wait three days, instead of 24 hours, before getting an abortion. But the bill will not make it past the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory. That’s what the governor said.
Charles M. Blow: Last week, the Baltimore police union president, Gene Ryan, compared those protesting the death of Freddie Gray to a “lynch mob.” Gray was the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died of grave, mysterious injuries after being taken into police custody. So, there have been protests. But protests are not the same as a lynch mob.
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 the April 24 letter “‘Yow’s pow’ lacks ‘wow’”questioning reasons for N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow’s recent raise and contract extension: After playing three sports at State in the 1950s, I have personally known every athletic director over the last 60 years.
David Brooks: About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.
Dana Milbank: Hillary Clinton, and President Obama, should champion the Trans-Pacific Partnership – but only after congressional Republicans do what’s needed to protect low-wage American workers from the dislocation that will occur.
While the contracts are supposed to be for temporary or occasional work, nearly one-quarter of them were for one year or more of full-time work, some as much as three or four years in a row, according to the Program Evaluation Division report.
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