Robert Young: There seems to be a grand misimpression that a new sea-level rise report released by the Science Panel of the Coastal Resources Commission is different from a report released in 2010. They’re essentially the same. The main difference is that the Science Panel first was asked to look 90 years down the road. The new report looks 30 years down the road.
William Massey: The societal eruptions increasingly taking place around our country are not being born of a black-white divide and haven’t been for quite some time. The emotional rage that continues to swell and the destructive outbursts that continue to plague us as a result are the offspring of rich-poor, have-have not, good-bad and right-wrong conflicts.
Camilla M. Herlevich and Dan Ryan: We hope the spotlight Apple placed on Brunswick County’s world-class natural resources will be seen all the way to Raleigh, as the General Assembly debates its support of our state’s conservation programs.
I recently received a notice from my insurance company informing me that my homeowner’s insurance policy was due to increase by nearly 20 percent. The correspondence included a term “beach plan,” which my agent explained contributed, in part, to my rate increase. The beach plan allows insurance companies to collect funds from inland residents to supplement the expense of insuring coastal property owners.
Regarding the May 4 letter “Don’t need parenting”: It amazes me that people who are not in favor of House Bill 465 are so hypocritical. Most of the abortions performed are not in any way having to do with expense or the health of the mother. Look at the statistics. Abortion is used as a form of birth control.
Some in Baltimore are cheering the actions of Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby in bringing charges against six city police officers in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a death that ignited racial tensions in the city and beyond. Several incidents involving black suspects and alleged violence against them by police have stirred a national dialogue and multiple accusations that those in minority communities are unfairly targeted by law enforcement.
Peter Coclanis: Last week, Chipotle sanctimoniously announced that its menus would be Genetically Modified Organism-free. One would never know from Chipotle’s announcement that a strong scientific consensus exists that GMOs are harmless to human health and pose no threats to the environment.
Catherine Rampell: At least eight Kansas school districts announced that they’re starting summer break early this year because these schools ran out of money, thanks to state leaders’ decision to ax education spending midyear to plug an ever-widening hole in their budget.
Eric Frazier: Those looters in Baltimore didn’t magically appear. America isn’t some widget factory spitting out adults, and some just happen to emerge defective. They have a back story, a history. Do those stories also involve bad personal choices? Whose story doesn’t? But I’m sure you won’t find many people in the inner city who were born middle class but proved too feckless to stay middle class as adults.
Billy Corriher: Judges are not politicians. That’s what conservative US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declared last week in Williams-Yulee, when the court upheld a Florida ban that prevents judicial candidates from personally asking for campaign contributions. Candidates in North Carolina face no such prohibition.