Thank you. I fight everyday for a sense of history of what NC was and what it has become. Most people know nothing or very little of its progressive history, just putting it unfairly in with the rest of the southern states. I know from my family history, how much we fought for the progressive state NC was and will continue to, until I die. Lucia Blount Safran Messina.
No doubt about it ... redistricting killed NC, the Democrats and all the progress that made our state --great. We have a chance to reverse some of the damage and start the process of election , education and economy reform in 2014 and continue on to 2016. Redistricting needs to be drawn by an independent body, not the General Assembly and should have gone that way , years ago. As long as the GOP has no sane members to work with and continues to think that wealthy racists of the world like the Koch brothers and Art Pope should run NC, then we will fight them at every corner. No one is giving up this fight, for NC , is our home and we will not let them destroy "the goodliest land" on the face of the earth.
The one thing, we did in the past , was under--estimate the hatred and lies by the likes of Jesse Helms. He was the example of pure racism in NC and reputation of the state, as a progressive state of educated people suffered greatly, during his reign of terror. None of the facts are incorrect, what they are, is sad, that we at are still fighting this battle of stupidity, afflicted on NC by the GOP/Teaparty. Two more years......
What is not important is haircuts and caricatures. This is just another way for the Governor and the GOP/tea party to dimiss everything that is good and decent about NC. To dumb down, everything that education and the arts means to our state. It is not a minor thing , to the citizens , who love NC, for the people who fought for education, civil rights, good government and everything that made our state--- great. Read your history and see what the poet laureates have meant and did for our state and start with Sam Ragan. Because this was written about, make the point, as Bob does it so well, that again this administration does not care what it does to NC, destroying a tradition of great value to the history of NC.
There are no teacher Unions in NC, to be a Union - you must have collective bargaining. NC teachers don't have that, they are members of an Association, and rightly so. It goes without saying that teachers are subjected - to everything - from telling them what to wear in a classroom, to how many children in a class, what to teach, how to teach and all done for very little money, by people who have never taught one child in any classroom! If not for the teachers in NC, the state woud surely be as uniformed and misinformed as this General Assembly and Governor.
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