Regarding the May 17 news article “New scholarship will support immigrant students”: Good to see the new Opportunity Scholarship featured. Our immigrants and refugees, including those without documentation, deserve the opportunity to further their education beyond high school. After all, we want the best in all professions for future years.
The bathroom part of House Bill 2 is much ado about nothing. There are no enforcement provisions, and there is no penalty for breaking the law. Therefore, transgender people can continue to choose the bathroom of their choice without any fear of either being apprehended or paying a penalty.
On the eve of N.C. DEQ announcing which Duke Energy leaking coal ash pits should be excavated and cleaned up, the president of Duke Energy North Carolina wrote a Point of View attacking the North Carolina residents who have urged his company to clean up its coal ash mess (“The full cost of excavation,” May 17).
It occurred to me while reading the May 19 letter “No raises for GA” that the leadership in the General Assembly wants to quote federal and IRS standards when it comes to per diem increases; however, federal laws and standards are overreaching when it comes to civil rights in the state.
When Charlotte’s city council passes a law protecting LGBT residents from discrimination and allowing transgender individuals to use the restroom where they feel safe and comfortable, it’s government overreach.
Regarding the May 14 Catherine Rampell column “A no-brainer for the GOP establishment”: Closing the carried interest loophole points the way for a one-two winning punch for America: use the $20 billion savings as a down payment on the “getting ahead” tax cut – a cut on the first dollars everyone earns, not the last millions of a few.
Here is our chance to put our words into action and bring goodness and positivity into the conversation of race and ongoing discrimination in our country. After the recent years of conflict and racial tension, we – meaning “people who believe they are white,” as writer Ta-Nehisi Coates calls us in his book, “Between the World and Me” – have a clear invitation in our own community to put some actions behind our words.
It occurred to me, as we were packing to drive to Emerald Isle on Mother’s Day for a week at the beach, that as a resident of North Carolina I can show my profound disagreement with House Bill 2 by enacting a boycott of my own. We may live in North Carolina, but we do not have to vacation here.
Regarding the May 13 news article “Delta’s nonstop to Paris gets a big sendoff at RDU”: The N&O touted that after years (decades?) of effort we now have a direct flight to Paris and enhanced connections to the rest of Europe. Michael Landguth, the airport CEO, stated this flight will stimulate more foreign investment in the Triangle.
Regarding House Bill 2: Can we not find some reasonableness here? The legislature should remove the minimum wage and no lawsuits in state courts for discrimination parts of the bill and leave the bathroom, locker and shower restraints (with some clarification) for transgenders.
The federal government has no business telling the state of North Carolina what type of nondiscrimination ordinances it should hold. There are no federal laws that state transgender individuals must be permitted to use the restroom and shower facilities that correlates to their gender identity.
Regarding Ned Barnett’s May 15 column “Lawmakers slow to truly protect N.C.’s children”: I must agree with Barnett that our legislators had a clear plan on how to “protect children” but decided instead to waste taxpayer dollars on defending House Bill 2 and put North Carolina in economic jeopardy.
In reference to Nicholas Kristof’s May 16 column “A confession of liberal intolerance”: There’s a reason evangelicals are disfavored in academia: They approach scholarship with a preconceived notion – that anything in the Bible that isn’t obviously poetic language or a parable must be taken at face value.
Regarding Ned Barnett’s May 15 column “Lawmakers slow to truly protect N.C.’s children”: North Carolina voters need to keep firmly in mind the concept of the red herring, the use of a smelly fish to distract dogs from the scent they are following.
VIDEO: David Gergen, former adviser to four U.S. presidents, dispensed with the usual vanilla message when he gave the commencement address Saturday at Elon University. Instead, in a passionate speech, he urged graduates to “take North Carolina back.” Gergen blasted the state’s political leadership for House Bill 2 and for the direction it has taken the state in recent months and years. He decried “the forces of political extremism” that represent “a sharp break from our past.”
Gergen urges Elon grads to 'take North Carolina back'
"Click it or Ticket" starts off with a bang
"Click it or Ticket" campaign starts off with a bang
North Carolina has a tool to curb prescription drug overdoses, but most doctors don't use it