Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia.
As another Independence Day observance passes, maybe we should also consider the latest fad among our "enlightened" fellow citizens; diversity.
RALEIGH — As often happens at the North Carolina Legislature, the new fiscal year has begun with the House and Senate not yet finished with a budget-adjustment bill. One issue I hope doesn’t get left on the table is a House provision that would allow me to take the “First in Flight” license plate off my car.
On June 21, I was privileged to attend a fundraising dinner held at Mount Zion Wesleyan Church for Kim Jones, the victim of a recent vicious pit bull attack. The resulting wounds inflicted on this lady’s ankle area were horrific.
BY ROBERT (DUSTY) SCHOCH
Your cell phone poll results likely surprised you (Vince Wheeler column July 2) because you asked the wrong question. Your polling question was: “The U.S. Supreme Court says law enforcement officers need a warrant to check your cell phone if they think you have been texting while driving. Is that good or bad.” You reported today (July 2) that 65 % of us said bad and 35% good.
The Supreme Court (in the Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie cases) didn’t say that. Riley and Wurie weren’t being tried for texting.
BY PHIL SLOAN
Since the bills have been passed and signed by Gov. McCrory authorizing rules to be established and the process known as "fracking" to begin, I hope that we North Carolinians proceed from here with EXTREME caution.
THUMBS UP to Ryan Saunders and his effort to get local businesses, property owners and mural artists from near and far on the same page with the idea of decorating buildings throughout the city, particularly in the downtown area, with attractive murals.
At the risk of being or even sounding redundant, I feel compelled to join in and add my thoughts to that which has become and continues to grow even larger each day. As once penned years ago, now is the time to for every man or woman to come to the aid of his or her country, or something like that, my thoughts are simmering within while anxiously awaiting an outside public exposure.
BY CAMILLE PEPE-FADIA
You 6th Congressional District voters who didn't vote in May and those who voted for Mark Walker (I did!), please make it to the polls on July 15. We need all of you who want to have a voice in Congress, to come out and vote for Walker. At least, I want a voice in Congress. How about you?
Hillary Clinton called the Hobby Lobby decision "deeply disturbing."
The White House reacted like the world had just ended.
Harry Reid promised that Democrats in Congress would "fight to preserve women's access to contraceptive coverage and keep bosses out of the examination room."
All this liberal hysteria followed the Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that for-profit employers who have religious objections cannot be forced to provide their employees with contraception coverage under the rules of Obamacare.
Conservative Christians cheered when Hobby Lobby was able to deny working-women of childbearing age birth control coverage through their company's insurance plan. They called it a victory for "religious freedom." I would like to see those applauding this newly discovered corporate-conscience also stand up for other religions' freedom: Islam, Flying Spaghetti Monster or Scientology. Otherwise they're not really for religious freedom — they're for Conservative Christian legal protection while tweeting the word "freedom."
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
BY BRITT MOORE
We (America) have arrived again to celebrate our Independence Day. It is a day to cherish our sovereignty. Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” That got me to thinking, so I dug deep into my file cabinet and found an old fax dated 2001.
Birthdays are supposed to be times for celebration and gift-giving. But America's upcoming birthday on the Fourth of July is a time when the gift most needed is an urgent warning about the dangers of losing the things that have made this country America — and have long made "America" a ringing word of freedom, not only in this country but to people around the world.