Public education in North Carolina seems to be at a crossroads. The encouraging news is that educators across our state are beginning to see an uprising of support, particularly in the area of teacher pay.
The official proposal isn’t yet in writing, and some details remain to be finalized, but you’ve got to give Ryan Saunders and David Armstrong credit for jumping in with an idea to redevelop that downtown location across from the High Point Depot that’s become known as “the pit.”
Readers should be aware of two law suits filed in December in Superior Court contending North Carolina’s new voucher program and the repeal of career teacher status are both unconstitutional.
As the usual suspects in Congress argue over whether to extend unemployment benefits, which ran out at the end of last year for more than a million jobless workers, I am feeling Germany envy.
They’ve thrown money away to study putting shipping containers downtown. More money for a “pit.” They spent more to install lighting in greenway tunnels running under Centennial Street and College Drive (the greenway is “closed” at night, so why put in lights?) They will throw millions into widening Lexington Avenue from Centennial to Five Points to accommodate the thousands of cars diverted by closing Montlieu Avenue because a new HPU building could not be designed to fit in the space allowed.
It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us?
When I hear the words, Mr. President, one person comes to mind and that would be our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.
RALEIGH — Any political movement that can turn out tens of thousands of protesters on a chilly morning in February must be deemed impressive. To this conservative, the 2014 edition of Historic Thousands on Jones Street — an annual march through downtown Raleigh initiated by the NAACP — was a remarkable feat of organization, logistics and marketing.
I read with interest professor Mark Venable’s guest column on presenting the science for evolution. The sciences ( chemistry, physics, biology) can build a myriad of theories of the science of evolution.
The guest column by Robert Youngblood (“Show me your evidence of evolution,” Feb 8) continues the caricature of science that Bruce Bedinger presented in an earlier column (Jan 24). Unfortunately, Youngblood doesn’t understand Dr. Venable’s excellent response to Bedinger (Feb 2).
One of the best features in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is the freedom that it offers workers from “job lock,” a job they can’t leave for fear of losing their affordable health insurance coverage. Yet Obamacare foes think that’s a bad thing.
Get this: The government is incentivizing people to not work.