Fresh ideas are essential to progressive journalism - Bravo to the new team - it feels like the old Indy is resurging. Maybe we can once again count on the Indy for quality, substantive reporting. Particularly impressed with the work of David Hudnall - a beacon of light in a world of mostly content-free news.
Good luck to Skillet and Grayson! I've enjoyed their work for years and will miss them in these pages.
Ronald C. Tanciar - if your brand of mythology demands "don't be gay", then by all means, do whatever you have to do to not be gay. Ditto for eating pork, working on Sundays, etc. But your mythological tenets should not be used to suppress others... or even attempt to make others seem lesser human beings than yourself.
Me? I don't like coconut. It is repulsive to me. But I'll be damned (pun intended, of course) if I'll demand others be prohibited from eating coconut. That would just be wrong.
I freak out a little when I see Reidsville mentioned. :) Beautiful story.
That's a great story.
Thanks Matthew! We have update the playlist with the correct track listing. Blame iTunes for somehow grabbing the wrong titles from their database : )
Just a brief note that most of these song titles are not matched with the correct music files. Thanks for posting all the same :)
Let's not forget Part 3 while eliminates use of state courts in discrimination cases. Your taxes will still support those courts by all kinds of discrimination cases will now have to go to federal courts.
I'm all for raising the minimum wage, but even $15/hour will not bring back a strong middle class. The problem is the loss of quality jobs - factory jobs that paid well and provided good benefits. Somehow these must be replaced by other quality jobs which provide more opportunity and incentives for people to build careers and prosperity. There must be incentives for companies to keep factories and other businesses in the US and this must be the priority - focusing on minimum wage, I believe, obscures the bigger issue.
All suggested solutions in this article will only make it worse for the middle class and young people trying to get a foothold in this economy. It is important to realize how negative and underperforming the Obama economy is. It is like a massive boat anchor that can never let us pick up speed. ObamaCare, to the jubilation of the left, continues to to be the main factor slowing and stalling all sectors of the economy.
North Carolina is hanging in there better than most states in the face of ObamaDisaster. Things will improve all over the nation after this clown is gone.
Great article- straight to the heart of the issues and calling out what most of the press outside NC has failed to address- the other 4 parts of HB2.
And might I add my admiration for using both "obsequious" and "ass" in the same paragraph! ;)
I get why the greedy Art Pope-types want the largest pieces of the economic pie. What I do get are the poor and middle class folks who vote Republican. Do they think Pat McCrory and his cabal give a fig about them? Their taxes are on the rise. The GOP has cut "safety net" programs for all North Carolinians, including current and retired veterans. The NCGOP talks jobs then blocks raises to minimum salaries. Is it the kabuki dance of social issues?
Maybe it's time to read between the lines. The Repubs call for small government. What that means is cuts to education funding for our kids; Social Security and Medicare benefits for the most vulnerable will go bye-bye. The governor already slashed unemployment benefits when people were hurting. He gave his old bosses at Duke Energy a sweetheart deal while they continued to poison our drinking water. Read between the lines. The right wing has insinuated itself into every aspect of our lives and canceling democratic rights.
Government stats show that the face of poverty is changing. The faces on the breadline won't be just black or brown. "By the time they turn 60, a whopping 76 percent of whites will experience economic insecurity—joblessness. Three out of four white people will get to know economic panic before they reach retirement age." All North Carolinians can thank the McCrory faction for the hurt and damage--all because the RWNJs want more cash and total mind control.
When you see the state do something that makes no sense for North Carolina as a whole, that flies in the face of the GOP’s much trumpeted (and never adhered to) preference for “local control”, you should do what I was taught to do in military intelligence: “Ignore the propaganda and follow the money.” This worked well with the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, Bin Laden, and it works well with our own politicians and the ultra-wealthy men holding their leash, like Art Pope, the current owner of our state legislature and governor.
You have to wonder if a man as wealthy and erudite as Mr. Pope cares one whit who pees where, and I suspect he doesn’t. But I’m quite sure he’s concerned with section 2 of HB2 which pre-empts local jurisdictions setting a municipal minimum wage. You see, in addition to the bathroom ordinance, the City of Charlotte had announced its intention to set a $15 minimum wage for city employees, which I am sure Mr. Pope and his allies saw as a slippery slope to mandating a $15 state minimum wage, a trend that needed to be stopped before it started, and HB2 accomplishes this in section 2.
Proponents clearly had good reason to think this misdirection would work. Recall the mile long lines to buy Chik-Fil-A when their CEO was under fire for funding anti-gay groups? Legislators doubtless knew they could use transgenderism to terrorize the same folks. I think it has worked largely as intended. Consider that HB2 has been on the front page of local papers since it was signed, with no mention whatever of the minimum wage.
Our lawmakers perhaps underestimated the backlash from portraying North Carolina as a state populated by phobic troglodytes. So I expect the governor and legislature may eventually back down on HB2 section 1. But they will certainly enforce the labor law preemption provisions of section 2, which I am convinced was their goal from the start. Our lawmakers may not truly care about protecting us from bathroom predators, but they certainly care about protecting Mr. Pope’s pockets.
The corruption machine of several decades standing named "The Clintons" is the most destructive force in North America. Hillary is not a liberal, she is not a progressive, not idealistic, and not very competent except at committing crimes, producing scandals and covering them up. She is a Clintonist and anything done by her or hubby is to benefit The Clintons, Inc. This Eva Peron wanna-be has more in common with Hugo Chavez without the charisma, a sickening proposition all the way around. Why do you people tolerate this manifest evil for your leadership? #NeverHillary
Doesn't matter that Trump bought the GOP nomination because the Republicans have Hillary as backup. Either way they win.
ISP/cable companies will never be satisfied until they can charge you as much as they do for satellite/cable TV....The internet is slowly cutting down on the cables bottom line because a lot of people cutting cable/satellite.....So the cable behemoths they want the freedom to make you pay dearly for the internet where you like to watch Netflix.hulu.amazon....and other streaming sites instead of using cable and dealing with tons of advertising plus the big cable bill every month..Internet is cheaper even if you pay for Netflix and amazon they hate this....By letting them charge more for using more bandwidth gives them the right to keep socking it to your bottom line so you will be paying more than you think if they let these robber corporations have their way......Why should they have the right to monitor the internet and fleece you...Who gives them that right.....Paid Politicians...Dont be fooled by their rhetoric....If they fold because everyone dont need them anymore then it is time for them to get with the program....We are tired of having to pay more than any other nation for our entertainment.
Sure - and thanks for the good work at the Indy, Hopscotch, etc. As a member of the local running community, I wanted to put a note in to support those who have been here for years and who are concerned about improving the local community. While I appreciate any event that gets people exercising (and especially running), I believe that RnR is the wrong direction for Raleigh.
Hi, max. I'd just finished a local marathon (the Tobacco Road), and my decision to run alongside my brother and encourage him came too late in my personal budgeting to make sense. Sorry to disappoint you, and thanks for your feedback.
I'm surprised to see that someone who has run multiple marathons is essentially banditing a race. I understand that the streets were closed, but 9 of 13 miles is poor running etiquette. It also creates safety issues and is morally questionable at best.
I'm also surprised to see a newspaper (and author) so devoted to local-everything promote the nationally-run, for-profit Rock n Roll Marathon. I appreciate that your brother, not you, chose this race, but RnR donates no money to charity and takes runners away from the homegrown races (like Tobacco Road, City of Oaks, or the forced-to-be-renamed Rock N Rebellion) that funnel race fees back into our community.
In Houston several months back, the militant anti-gay lobby began using a strategy of Bathroom Hysteria to beat a local equal rights ordinance. It worked and they immediately made plans to use Bathroom Hysteria as a Trojan horse to rescind all legal protections for lgbt Americans throughout the nation. It worked (again) in North Carolina, but fortunately, millions of patriotic Americans have seen what the radical anti-gay lobby is up to. If predatory heterosexual males sneaking into women's restrooms in NC is really a problem, common sense tells you that you don't solve it by firing/evicting/refusing to serve gay people and/or banning cities from increasing the minimum wage.
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