The John M. Belk Foundation, based in Charlotte, has had as a long-term mission helping students, particularly those such as veterans and minorities, finish their higher educations. Many of those who have been helped had their educations interrupted for different reasons.
It should be a story that tears at the hearts of all parents, including most especially those who could anticipate the canceling of school in many parts of North Carolina with a trip to the grocery store. There, they loaded up with provisions both nutritious and fun, figuring their kids would be playing with vigor in the snow and working up big appetites.
Kevin Rogers: When the monthly jobs numbers come out Friday, many economists will say that the economy is healthy. Some will even say that wages are rising too fast and that steps need to be taken to slow economic growth. But out in the real world, working families and particularly communities of color are being left drastically behind in the recovery.
Bob Luddy: America’s corporate tax code is tough on corporations – and the nation’s workers. America’s high corporate tax rate leads many companies to invest their money elsewhere. When that happens, job opportunities, real wages and economic growth in our country decline – disproportionately hurting the middle class.
Chris Fitzsimon: Rep. Bob Steinburg used to be against business incentives, but he knows better now because he has been meeting with constituents, hearing from his community leaders and local businesses and people looking for jobs. Their struggles are more important to him than an economic treatise by a right-wing scholar in a Raleigh think tank. Think of how much better off we’d all be if Steinburg’s reasoning for rethinking his view of incentives was expanded to other issues facing the General Assembly.
Charles Krauthammer: President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations. On the contrary. The steady stream of slights and insults turned an irritant into an international event and vastly increased the speech’s audience and reach. Instead of dramatically unveiling an Iranian nuclear deal as a fait accompli, Obama must now first defend his Iranian diplomacy.
In response to the Feb. 25 news article “More incentives on the table” about the recently filed economic development bill: Discretionary incentives can be a useful tool for promoting community economic development.
In response to Rob Christensen’s March 4 column “Politics as usual on Lynch”: How could senators possibly vote for an attorney general who believes that the president has the right to change the laws on immigration for 5 million people? Past executive action in that area was on a case-by-case basis.
As what happens every few years, the Wake County Public School System is faced with assigning makeup snow days above and beyond the normal snow days already built into the calendar with much dissension from parents on appropriate makeup days – religious holidays, Saturdays – and no one is happy.
The Feb. 28 news article “UNC board closes 3 centers” reported on the protests that disrupted the Board of Governors meeting in Charlotte. These protests were not spontaneous but rather a planned action by a number of student and faculty groups responding to a review process that has systematically excluded our voices.
Please don’t give me a North Carolina income tax break anymore. I cannot afford it because now that I have lost a $2,000 private pension exclusion that I worked 35 years for, I have to pay 7 percent more to read a newspaper and I have to pay about 3 percent more for my electricity to light, heat and cool my house.
Chairmain John Fennebresque said in his Feb. 27 statement on why the UNC Board of Governors chose to shut down the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity: “We also felt the center did not enhance the educational mission of the university, did not work across disciplines to effect change and did not have the financial support to sustain it.”
Thank goodness for Senate leader Phil Berger and his colleagues in the North Carolina state legislature, and too bad they weren’t around in the mid-1960s when Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) got into so much legal and boxing trouble when he refused to enlist in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War because of the teachings of his religion. He was stripped of his boxing license and title and convicted of evading the draft by a federal grand jury.
His nickname was "Africa," some in the Los Angeles skid row section said. One person took a cell phone video of the man's confrontation with multiple officers, who were, according to early reports, there to get him to move his tent off a sidewalk.
Thomas Friedman: Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his case on Iran before Congress, with all the circus atmosphere it involved, let’s get to the serious questions: What is America’s interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel’s are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi?
Jennifer Rubin: Obama actually is capitulating entirely after years of saying that negotiations would make clear Iran had to give up its nuclear ambitions. It was his argument that Iran wanted to be included in the family of nations, and later (after he opposed sanctions) his argument was that sanctions had forced Iran to the table. But now he concedes all that was wrong. In his very odd response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, Obama did not dispute he is making these huge concessions and he did not argue they are wise. Instead, he argued Netanyahu said nothing new.
In July, Judge Orlando Hudson threw out Darryl Howard’s convictions in two North Carolina slayings and said Howard should be released from prison while prosecutors decided whether to retry him. Nine months have passed, and Howard still isn’t home. Now the NC Supreme Court has to decide whether Howard can go home to his family while the state’s appeal goes forward.
Larry Wooten: E-Verify can be a useful part of our nation’s immigration system, but it should not be forced into a broken system with the expectation that it will fix all the problems. The first thing that Congress can do to help NC farmers and begin the process of reforming our immigration system is to implement a usable agricultural worker program.
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