Gene Nichol: I understand North Carolina has undergone an ideological sea change. But what political philosophy not only embraces, but apparently requires, government by mendacity in proposing and explaining the abortion bill, the Wake County commissioner district bill, religious freedom bill, the voting law?
FBI Director James B. Comey: Good people helped murder millions in the Holocaust. And that’s the most frightening lesson of all – that our very humanity made us capable of, even susceptible to, surrendering our individual moral authority to the group, where it can be hijacked by evil.
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.
As one who believes that everyone is loved and accepted by God for who they are, I am opposing House Bill 348 and Senate Bill 550. Allowing business owners to turn people away simply because of who they are and whom they love is unwarranted, discriminatory and contrary to the grace and love of God.
The GOP-controlled North Carolina legislature acts more like an immature high school student council than adults, and its lust for power has fostered an inability to think through the consequences of its actions.
Thank goodness, as a small-business owner, I am favored by the North Carolina General Assembly in its recent tax cuts. After seeing how much my state taxes increased this year, I shudder to think what they would have been had I been on its bad side.
I have been retired for over 10 years. One thing I remember from my working career is the statement that a good friend and colleague would make while we were dealing with a particularly messy problem. He would say: “It’s time to call the cow brown.” What he meant by this was that it was time to state the obvious.
In July, the U.S. Congress wrote to Chancellor Randy Woodson of N.C. State University to ask why the university failed to notify scientific journals of falsification discovered at N.C. State and confirmed by the Office of the Inspector General of the National Science Foundation. The case is the longest-running fraud investigation in the history of the NSF because it involves established scientists who have made legal threats against universities and journals to prevent correction of the research record.
Tommy Tobin: Officials estimate that in 2014 over 820,000 children in North Carolina were eligible for summer meals programs under federal guidelines. For these students, a lack of regular access to nutritious food can contribute to falling behind in school. Unfortunately, these programs are not reaching over 675,000 of North Carolina’s youngest residents.
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