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Re: “The cost of electricity is devastating Eastern North Carolina

I worked as a mobile collector for Utility Mobile Service, as a collector, I noticed, the bills were always higher in areas that had large numbers of African Americans, In some cases The country club was across the street from the mobile home park, But all the utility bills in the country clubs were were between $110.00 and $160.00, but the poor neighborhoods had bills that ranged from $280.00 to $550.00 I brought the issue up to my supervisor, He just replied, "that's why you never move to black neighborhoods" I use to think we were better than that as a people. But when it comes to the south. Well!

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Posted by Rodger Vaughn on 07/10/2014 at 2:13 AM

Re: “I thought my baseball card collection had value. It did, but only to me.

Now, if you were to have instead spent that money on pokemon cards... you would have come up on the top.
I spent about $30 on pokemon cards when I was a kid, and managed to turn that $30 into $200.
mostly first edition and shadowless cards. But a good number of rare japanese ones at that.

sorry your baseball cards werent worth anything.. :(
I dont think anyone particularly cares about sport cards anymore. Baseball itself is also dying out.

Posted by Zrcalo Sveta on 07/10/2014 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

In answer to Rataplan, whom I take to be a male -- yes?? -- I'd suggest that he, I and the male justices of the Supreme Court tread lightly when telling women what kinds of contraceptives they should or shouldn't choose. Are some women having too much sex? That's another question about which we males might better -- as one federal judge said -- STFU.

I will say this about the part of the Affordable Care Act that seeks to make contraceptives free to women as part of the basic health-insurance package: Women get pregnant, men don't. And preventing unwanted pregnancies strikes me as good public policy and one the anti-abortion rights crowd should support.

Otherwise, if you're in doubt about what women want, I'd refer you to the articles from Slate and the Nation -- written by women -- that I recommended in my earlier comment.

On the more general subject of corporate personhood, I'd suggest that the Court majority is intentionally chipping away at Congress's power, under Article I of the Constitution, to regulate commerce.

Citizens United was part of it, giving corporations a free-speech right that logically should attach only to individuals (including corporate executives speaking as individuals).

When it upheld the Affordable Care Act, the Court cited Congress's power to tax, but only after the same five-member male majority ruled that Congress could NOT require businesses to offer health insurance under the Commerce clause of Article I.

Now, the majority asserts in Hobby Lobby that corporations have religious rights. Does that mean that a company can discriminate against women, minorities, gays, under the guise of "religion"? If Muslims own the company, could they require all women employees to cover their heads while in public? Could a Christian owner demand more hours of work from men than from women -- or pay women less -- under some misguided reading of scripture?

Early in the 20th century, the Supreme Court ruled that any law attempting to limit the number of hours a corporation could require of its workers violated the 14th Amendment's due-process ("liberty of contract") clause.

If a worker was willing to put in more than 60 hours a week, the Court ruled, it would violate her due process rights if the law said she couldn't. Of course, that worker's "willingness" might depend on whether the company told her she'd be fired if unwilling -- but then as now, the Court weighed the power of a corporation against that of a single worker and insisted they were "equal."

That was the Lochner case -- you can read it about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lochner_v._Ne…

Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 07/08/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

Glad to see the left is upset with SCOTUS, too. The judiciary is clearly the most failed branch of our federal government. And I completely disagree with this article-- these recent decisions were OK ones, trivial though they were.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 07/08/2014 at 12:11 AM

Re: “Dix is saved: Witnessing the birth of a great urban park

There is more crime everyday and more people convicted and found guilty for mental illness. Now a major mental hospital is being shut down because people want to be like others and have a park. Build your park someplace else. I hate what this world is coming to!

Posted by Danny Marshall Weston on 07/07/2014 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

Please, pray tell, explain how that women employees may obtain 16 of Obama's ordered/government-stamp-of-approval 20 contraceptive devices (80 percent) that ARE PROVIDED ALREADY BY HOBBY LOBBY INSURANCE, yet somehow these women's rights are trampled because they cannot go on without the four abortion pills the SCOTUS did not FORCE the privately-owned company to supply. Should we pass the collection plate/hat for any Hobby Lobbyist/Lobbynista (?) desirous of provided-by-employer-insured abortions that only can be obtained with one of the pills in question and not the 16 available from the company? Are the pills outrageously expensive? Are the HL "associates" making so little they are destitute of funds and cannot buy them for themselves? Are they engaging in unprotected sex so much they are at constant risk of being impregnated and thus need a vast supply of the pills in question? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Posted by Rataplan on 07/07/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

Excellent explainer on Slate.com about what the Supreme Court's male majority did AFTER Hobby Lobby to make their decision much worse … or to make clear just how big a can of crap they'd handed us in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_pol…

Also recommend this piece by Katha Pollitt on the male justices' lack of knowledge about how the contested contraceptives actually work … as she asks, when did facts cease to matter to the Court?

http://www.thenation.com/article/180499/wh…

Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 07/07/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “I thought my baseball card collection had value. It did, but only to me.

hey Niel. to answer your questions about autographs. I go to sportscardforum.com. I find the address of the player I am looking for. send them a letter, their card and a return envelope. usually 95 percent of the time they sign and return. send them a letter telling them how much you enjoyed their years of play. it is a great hobby. also gives me something to pass down to my sons when they get older

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Posted by jaymz887 on 07/04/2014 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

The three female justices on the Court are pissed:

ttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/04/us/politics/supreme-court-order-suspends-contraception-rule-for-christian-college.html?

Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 07/04/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The REAL ID Act's costly implications for North Carolina Latino communities

If you allow one illegal alien to remain in the U.S., get a driver's license, get a job, etc. you have a problem with 12 million of them. The standing immigration laws were passed by plural congresses and signed into law by standing U.s. Presidents. The sad plight of some illegal aliens should not be a concern in the enforcement of standing laws. If you are not going to enforce immigration laws against illegal aliens, then why should shoplifting laws be enforced. Both crimes are misdemeanors, but a second offense of shoplifting is not elevated to a felony. A second offense of illegal immigration is a felony. The U.S. is a nation of laws, not of men and women who are bleeding-heart liberals.

Now, about illegal alien children born in the U.S. The 14th Amendment says that every person born in the U.S., who is under the jurisdiction of the United States, is a citizen of the United States. If Rosa Mendez, a pregnant illegal alien, falls over the border into the U.S. and delivers triplets on American soil, are those little Mexicans U.S. citizens? NO! A person born in the U.S. is only a U.S. citizen when that person is under the legal jurisdiction of the United States. An illegal alien who crosses the border illegally is not under U.S. jurisdiction at that time. That's why they are supposed to be deported, not put in U.S. jails to serve lengthy sentences. At the time they enter illegally into the U.S., they are Mexican citizens under the jurisdiction of Mexico. If they enter the U.S. on VISA or as an official visitor, they are under legal U.S. jurisdiction. The bottom line is that no illegal alien should be given a driver's license, because as an illegal alien it is almost impossible to sue them in a State or federal court. They can commit crimes while driving with impunity.

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Posted by Norton R. Nowlin on 07/03/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

The five guys in black robes conflated free speech and religious rights. We have the freedom to pray to door knobs if we desire--choice. That is what religious liberty means in the Constitution. SCOTUS gave a FOR PROFIT entity(not a woman or a doctor) say so over womens' health choices. Whatever happened to "equal protection" under the 14th Amendment? This smacks of activist geezers who are doing the dirty work of the GOP to gut ACA, to turn the clock back to the 18th century.

Those who say they don't want to pay for the health of women--here is my answer. This country was built on the collective action of the community. Americans help Americans. What the high court has done is discriminate against women because it wants receptacles, broodmares. The court is trying to increase the significance and status of little men. In other words, the Taliban ain’t in the Middle East--look towards 1 First Street, NE, Washington, DC.

Then the Roberts court added salt to the wounds. The court is moving to nullify unions, which would make America a right-to-work nation. Citizens could be fired for any reason--faith, skin color, political affiliation or just speaking against their bosses.

Whatever happened to the "checks and balances" of the US Constitution? SCOTUS is unhinged and is running wild. It has become the government of, by and for the right-wing rich.

We have to vote in the upcoming midterms like we have never voted before!

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Posted by cityfox on 07/02/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rulings reinforce workplace discrimination, kneecap public-sector unions

More from the Supreme Court's "Corporate Kingdom" ruling: It's any contraceptive if your boss thinks it's evil.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/scotus-s…

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 07/02/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. State DOMAs are falling like dominos -- Indiana's is the latest. How long must we endure North Carolina's?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/g…

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 06/26/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

SCOTUS striking down DOMA was the right call. There is no enumerated power for the feds to involve themselves in marriage. States, however, are fully empowered to deal with the issue. With DOMA gone, there is no US Constitutional issue at stake unless all you are doing is trying to further damage and distort the document, which the left is famous for. Cooper slow playing this is a good political move for him and probably the best move overall in what has become an ugly situation.

I am waiting for a State to step up and take the next needed step here, which is the one that should have been taken by respectful, thinking gays if this entire issue hadn't been hijacked to become a leftist crisis construct to divide and conquer people. That step? Eliminate all State definition and recognition of marriage.

As an aside, the LGBT community has, regrettably, been disgraced and smeared by letting very bad people handle this sensitive issue in such a malicious and disrespectful manner. Many of your neighbors hold a long-standing belief that marriage is between a man, a woman and God. You are attacking them and their beliefs unnecessarily. All you ever had to do is get the State out of marriage and continue to let any and all marry as they wish in private, freely-held ceremonies and everyone would have been fine. In fact, you would have had many allies and built real community and tolerance. But, oh no, the hard left chose the most socially destructive path, using the instruments of government as a hammer to bludgeon anyone who doesn't agree in lock step, all the while wrapping the issue in a phony "rights" argument.

We will not soon forget the damage done to our civil society by these vandals.

I remain,
Proudly Unaffiliated

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 06/26/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

Posted by Keith Pullman on 06/26/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

A little more on the marriage equality issue: The N.C. cases are being slow-walked by the AG"s office while the same issue, raised by a Virginia lawsuit, is considered by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fourth Circuit heard arguments in the Virginia case last month.

The Fourth Circuit is federal appeals court whose rulings apply in North Carolina as well as Virginia. It's considered to be one of the most conservative of the federal appeals courts in the country, so if any circuit is going to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage, it may be the Fourth.

Meanwhile, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 today that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. It stayed its ruling, however, to allow an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is probably where this issue is headed -- again.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 06/25/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

Good on you, Bob Geary.

Posted by barry on 06/25/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “How did my brother escape from a group home—and never return?

"I didn't feel like trudging this whole ordeal up in print."

"dredging" perhaps?

The whole article is in need of better editing.

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Posted by UsuallyThere on 06/24/2014 at 3:45 PM
Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 06/18/2014 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Community groups in Raleigh band together to fight food insecurity

Corridor is spelled incorrectly on the sign!

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Posted by keb0123 on 06/18/2014 at 3:32 PM

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