The viability and sustainability of North Carolina’s marine fisheries are too important economically and environmentally for its residents to allow underfunding and inaction to go on any longer. This inaction is the culmination of stakeholders’ inability to get beyond decades-old arguments and historical distrust.
Google is the biggest and best-known Internet company in the world, a colossus whose revenue this year is expected to top $65 billion. It makes headlines seemingly every week – including this past week’s unflattering publication of the government’s 2012 investigation into Google. But despite being so familiar, Google is often misunderstood.
Regarding the March 21 news article “Fracking rules to cover federal, Indian lands”: The N&O reported that the Obama administration issued “standards for wells on federal and Indian lands, requiring disclosure of chemicals and covered storage of waste. Companies also will have to use covered storage tanks for fracking waste rather than open pits, a requirement that was made in order to give ‘greater confidence that we are in fact protecting groundwater.’”
The digital home for the Triangle arts community that connects visual and performing artists, venues and audiences in a lively conversation that builds engagement, community support for artists and awareness of the arts’ economic impact.
A small boy being treated for leukemia at Duke Medicine has been the subject of his father’s Facebook post about his son being made fun of due to his bald head. Here’s hoping that parents and teachers take the time to address their children about appropriate behavior in dealing with the ill.
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.
Regarding the March 18 news article “NCSU unveils new forest plan”: Chancellor Randy Woodson and NCSU now have the right stuff for the Hofmann Forest. Now NCSU should analyze the best alternatives to keep and manage the forest; explicitly involve forestry, conservation, faculty and local stakeholders in an open and transparent process; and place a working conservation easement on the forest.
Has it occurred to any other readers that the tenets of character education, taught in North Carolina public schools, would be a valuable addition to the orientation program for North Carolina state legislators?
In his March 22 column “Obama, race and his opponents” Ned Barnett decried a presumed tendency toward racism among conservative opponents of the president. In effect, I think he created an umbrella argument whereby those who disagree with his worldview can be branded as racist, thus negating their argument by association rather than logic. I suspect George Orwell would be proud.
The worst of the Great Recession is in the rearview mirror, but the recovery has left far too many people, families and communities worse off. When you take a sober look at North Carolina’s economic reality, the breathless self-congratulations ring a bit hollow. An alarming pattern has emerged: Economic growth is not producing broad prosperity, which is trouble for everyone.
The country is getting older, and its younger generations are less white. These trends are sometimes referred to as the “graying” and the “browning” of the country. Together they portend that voters will actually become less sympathetic to spending on young people over time. We may instead end up systemically underinvesting in an entire generation of Americans.
Regarding Ned Barnett’s March 22 column “Obama, race and his opponents”: Maybe racial bias would not be suspected in critics of President Obama if the manifestation of that criticism were not so blatantly disrespectful. Maybe if the criticism were leveled with, as Sen. John McCain expects from his critics, “ decorum and dignity,” racial bias would not be suspected.
This letter is a response to the medical deduction whitewash of what seniors do not remember about their tax forms by Lee Roberts, the state budget director. Were Roberts remarks’ directed to legislators or to us dumb folks, who are affected by the new law deleting the carryover of medical expenses from our Federal 1040? Roberts’ comments are not deserving of a detailed response. However, perhaps I should say I’ll overcome this disparity by using my “old” picture ID for the first time ever to vote next year.
Regarding the March 24 news article “Tax revenue shuffle officially on the table”: Expanding Medicaid is a very simple way to transfer money to rural areas that will sustain local institutions, increase the spending power of the poor and improve overall health and welfare. Better yet, this approach draws down new federal dollars and leaves our cities alone. The only obstacle is self-defeating partisanship.
After noticing the letters published March 22 about our new state income tax structure and reflecting on the decision of U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tills not to support Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general, I have the distinct feeling Republicans in the state General Assembly might have an unwelcome surprise in November 2016 provided senior citizens and African-American voters can find their photo identifications or birth certificates proving U.S. citizenship to obtain the necessary IDs.
Regarding the Under the Dome item “McCrory: ‘Great harm’ in Senate tax plan”: The governor is correct. The proposed Senate proposal to “redistribute” sales tax revenue to poorer counties at first blush sounds admirable.
Founded on principle, Republicans state they oppose many federal government giveaway programs based on their loathing of redistribution of wealth. Is that not what Sen. Harry Brown is proposing? Redistribution of the urban tax proceeds to the rural counties.
The plan to redistribute tax revenue from larger, better-off counties to less affluent counties is a blatant violation of the North Carolina Constitution because it will deprive taxpayers in the larger counties from enjoying the fruits of their own labors.
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