I've generally stopped reading the editorial pages of the News and Observer because of the weak-kneed positions taken by Steve Ford & Co. Looks like I'll have to stop with the Charlotte Observer, too. Today, Ed Williams, the editorial page editor in Charlotte, wrote a column that would do Steve Ford proud.
After describing the litany of horrors committed by Saddam Hussein, Williams writes:
Clinton said, "In the next century, the community of nations may see more and more of the kind of threat Iraq poses now -- a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam, and all those who would follow in his footsteps, will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity."
History will judge America for what we've done there. History would have judged us for doing nothing, too.
Submitted by Robert P. on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 4:46pm
I received a disturbing email from NC Spin, indicating that Gov. Easley, was working in Universal Health Care. Wait, you might be thinking, R.P. likes Universal Health Care and is V.P. of a non-profit that is focused on Universal Health Care - so why the "disturbing"? The email, unfortunately, makes it clear that our "Democratic" governor is falling for the Republican-lite version of Universal Health Care that I like to call "Forced Health Care".
Governor working on Universal Health Care Plan We also learned that Governor MikeEasley has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to crunch numbers regarding a proposal for an individual universal health care plan to cover all our citizens. The goal, we heard was to include this plan in the Easley budget proposals to be submitted to the legislature soon. The sketchy details we get are that the coverage will be mandatory and will be financed by employer payroll taxes. Massachusetts and California are currently working on similar plans.
This letter is from Senator Dole to the Secretary of the Navy. It's dated March, 2006. She "asks" the Navy to consider other OLF sites in North Carolina besides the insanely dangerous site in Washington County.
Why didn't Senator Dole simply say she would do whatever is necessary to block Site C from consideration? Why would she equivocate on something that is so obviously clear?
Dole has the power to stop this now. Why isn't she using that power? What's really going on here?
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 11:15am
If a gathering of Young Republicans doesn't qualify as a weapon of mass destruction, I don't know what does. There was certainly something in the air this weekend as Young Republicans held their state convention in Charlotte, and that something was the aroma of the mingling of incompetence, greed and fear.
The toddling neophytes of the Republican regime were lobbied by the list of GOP goobernatorial hopefuls including Former N.C. Supreme Courth Justice Bob Orr, Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory(?), State Sen. Robert Pittenger and "wealthy trial lawyer" Bill Graham. Patrick Ballentine was not able to attend.
Maybe this is why Mr. Mike is behaving like Silent Sam when it comes to the OLF travesty. Could it be that the good Guv is afraid that if he tells the Navy they can't screw over family farms, they'll stop pouring money into NC bases?
To which I say, bullshit. The military has too many sunk costs in North Carolina to "unfund" anything of significance. If Easley tells them they can't crash their jets in Washington County, they'll just find another place in North Carolina, which is what they should have done in the first place.
Gov. Mike Easley on Friday asked North Carolina’s congressional delegation to help ensure that Congress approves full funding to carry out BRAC mandates.
The U.S. Senate will take up the funding issue next week when it considers a continuing resolution for the federal budget. The House on Wednesday passed its version, which Army officials say puts the base realignment and closure projects at risk.
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