I'm not a scientist, but I am concerned that no matter what is creating climate change, governments need to be more responsible and responsive to checking all controllable actions of industry to reduce carbon emissions and steward limited resources; government needs to protect public lands and secure water and air quality for all citizens. I also appreciate good journalism. I appreciate information in a news article, and I appreciate opinion in an editorial. I don't really like mixing information and opinion; since Fox media doesn't know the difference, I think it's extremely important that progressive media makes the distinction.
I do not think that lines like:
"Not really. These are the minds from which abiotics sprang—and our new Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources is parading around a scientifically bereft theory.
But wait, there’s more.
Fact: There is no scientifically valid debate about climate change. Period." and
"Really? Every day for 10 years? And he’s still not ready to come down on the side of science?"
really help the cause of public discourse, science, public policy or the environment.
Is the employee's name Susan by any chance, since that's the name that closes the e-mail?
I hope Skvarla, Gillespie and the GA leadership take defections like these to heart. But it's doubtful that in between luncheons at the ideologically uniform John Locke Foundation and palling around with the likes of Art Pope, any shred of conscience they have left gets any love.
If you're reading this Susan, or whatever your name is, thanks for not simply grabbing your loincloth and heading for the do. To address the incompetence of the North Carolina legislature and state regulatory agencies, citizens, public and private employees, need to make sure they understand the consequences for their actions.
But the author of the letter is right ... "when the hot summers and the drought years come back, and we get fish kills again, and maybe there's fracking going on in the sandhills - it will be the fine folks at DENR who will get blamed for the chaos. The politicians and their appointees, that did the dismantling and created the chaos, will be long gone. We know the drill."
Why does a person critique art? It's not created to meet a standard or even please an audience. Everyone has an opinion. What makes the opinion of a proclaimed critic more worthy than any other, especially on a purely subjective subject such as art?
People with real moral fiber and backbone simply do not acquiesce to wrongdoing not matter how difficult it is to leave! http://youtu.be/98vlyzUBL9M
Vitiello, you do the Triangle a necessary service through honest art reviews instead of Yay Triangle reviews, Thank you.
I received this directly from the DENR listserv. I'll keep her name "secret " too, but she is not the first person to quit in disgust. As a DENR employee myself, my simple comment here will probably get me first, exempted, then let go. By the way...funny, that in reality no person has civil service protections when you think about it....
Fast food workers demanding 15 dollars an hour? What a joke.
Tell me, why should I have to pay taxes to support the welfare state? Why should I HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR MISTAKES???
If you cannot afford to have children, THEN DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!
Sterilize all people on welfare. Problem solved immediately.
The homeless don't prepare nor clean-up after the meals. (correct me here if someone knows otherwise, but I'm pretty sure this is how it is)
Everything is done for them. Just giving them a hand down does NOTHING to help them help themselves. Maybe if there WAS some participation by the homeless, the city might have a change of heart and even support the meals. Until that happens, the "charitable groups" and those who support their methods are likely actually doing harm to the homeless, themselves and the park.
Well done Governor McCrory.
The real question for Raleigh why the "education" campaign now? The ordnance has not been enforced for 14 years. As I read the ordnance there is no criminal penalty, so why are the police "educating?" Is there a specific problem? Raleigh has no liability unless they waive immunity so it cannot be a liability concern. Raleigh needs to provide some answers.
Way to cloud the issue, first commenter. As you well know, the city works by committees, then the council votes on their recommendations. The governor made a decision, which makes him look decent (he certainly needs that right now), probably to make the city's process look bad.
Thank you for a fuller picture of the 3+ hour session. The one speaker who hit my heart the hardest said that he is treated as 3/5 of a man.
Bottom line: an elected official who COULD make an immediate decision did so without convening a meeting. Others conveniently put off a decision until 'later'.
Hahaha^. Yea I saw the Asheville show...... As good as ever and Ive seen em 20 times or so since 1995. This writer is a little off.
The title of this is silly and the piece is sort not exactly right. Superchunk was as good as ever we can all agree. That show was amazing. I have seen Superchunk from the beginning and they are still just as good as ever and this show was one of the best I had seen of the band. I have no idea what him tuning his guitar between songs a couple times has to do with anything. That is normal. Guitars have to be tuned every once and a while. All the guitars were perfectly in tune when they played every song so writing about how he tuned his guitar between songs is rediculous. I know writing about music is not easy because how can words really explain music, they can't really, so talking about the things you mentioned are maybe a way to try to write about music. I am happy that you like Superchunk because they are really good and that show was especially good, but some of this is just silly.
Maybe they shouldn't have fired the city manager after all.
Beth -- I think that thanking Council members for stepping in to arrange a ceasefire is appropriate -- with encouragement to follow through on behalf of the needy. The city administration, backed by the police, is unhappy with the homeless being in Moore Square. It's on the administration to present a viable alternative that improves their lot, not just run them out of downtown. But it -- the administration -- won't do so unless the Council insists. At least, that's my prediction. Councilor Baldwin's committee has its work cut out. They (Baldwin, Odom, Stagner) are going to hear every possible reason why it's impossible to do the right thing (and therefore, some half-bad thing must be done).
Hope they can hold their ground, with Mayor McFarlane and the rest of the Council helping.
In response to the first report about the crack-down, I emailed each council member and told them how disappointed I was over it. Is it now time to email them and thank them, or do I wait till whatever comes out of this committee meeting is known? Please advise folks how to proceed. I don't even live in Raleigh but I'm there a lot and I emailed every council member and the mayor about it.
Thanks for covering this important issue. I am very impressed by your reporting on the crisis at Moore Square over the right to share food with the hungry.
People providing meals with the hungry have been threatened with arrest, faced bans or restrictions in over 50 cities in the United States in the past few years. This summer Food Not Bombs volunteers have been told to stop in Boulder, Detroit, Portland and Seattle. Police made over 1,000 arrests in San Francisco starting on August 15, 1988 ending on June 27, 1997 in what was the first government campaign drive the hungry out of sight and silence the message of food not bombs.
This is a worrying trend with Raleigh becoming the newest city restricting the feeding of the poor. Over 50 cities in the United States have banned or limited the sharing of meals in public. This at a time when one in two Americans are struggling to survive and hunger is increasing. At the same time Congress is considering huge cuts in the food stamp program. Maybe even more alarming is the fact that there are a number of threats to agriculture which could increase the price of food. Climate change is contributing to droughts, floods and other extreme weather events that have reduced harvests. The increase use of genetically engineered Food may be the largest cause of hunger and an increase in food prices making it expensive to cultivate crops and weakening the health of plants. The commodification of seeds and the need for special chemicals to grow food has forced many to stop farming reducing output and encouraging speculation.
The city of San Francisco used a phony permit issue to stop our meals. A federal judge had to order the city to issue a permit and end a weekly change in requirements. Even after being issued tow permits the process was deleted after the judge left San Francisco and the arrests started again. Frustrated the police were ordered to beat us during the arrests. That also failed to slow our progress. Each arrest encouraged others to join our effort. People in other cities started new Food Not Bombs groups in protest. We were sharing meals every Monday to about 200 people when first arrested but after two years of on and off arrests we had so many volunteers and so much food we were sharing meals twice a day seven days a week. After ten years there were Food Not Bombs groups in over 500 cities and today after a number of other efforts to silence Food Not Bombs there are groups in over 1,000 cities active in every corner of the world.
I encourage everyone sharing food at Moore Square to defend their right to share food and ideas. If the right to help our neighbors should never be regulated by the government. This right should be defended even if it means facing arrest. I did two years in jail in San Francisco and 19 days in jail in Orlando defending this important right. Restrictions on helping one another could lead to the authorities believing that they have the right to control the sharing of clothes or the right to provide help to motorists with a flat tire. This is really going to far and is not only a violation of our right to free speech and assembly it is an assault on compassion and acts of kindness.
Learn more about Food Not Bombs at www.foodnotbombs.net
Bob Geary Thanks for staying on this story as it develops. I don't live in Raleigh now, but I find this lack of attention to the ordinance mystifying. The Council passed an ordinance years ago, and yet they are just now finding out? Big "Oops."
McDumbass is a bona fide buffoon. You almost want to laugh at him--until you realize the havoc he's wreaking on real people's lives. He is disgusting and disgraceful. Keep up the pressure!
3 1/2 more years of this, seriously?
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