Submitted by Envirograham on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:57pm
Raleigh, NC – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment North Carolina revealed a summary of global warming impacts on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.
“North Carolina maybe feeling the effects of a particularly harsh winter, but when it comes to the future of winter sports, global warming has us skating on thin ice,” said Graham Givens, Clean Energy Associate, with Environment North Carolina. “There’s still time to keep from sliding off the edge by going after the biggest sources of the carbon pollution fueling global warming.”
Last week, Gov. Pat McCrory and his fellow Republican legislative leaders announced that starting salaries for public school teachers will be raised when the General Assembly goes back into session in a few months. It’s an important boost for young teachers in the state’s public education system.
The cynics among us will say that McCrory’s and the GOP leaders’ move is all about politics. The naïve among us will say that it had nothing to do with the upcoming November elections. But those among us who want to see reforms and improvements to North Carolina’s public education system will say this move is one that has been needed for years in order to address an identified problem among young teachers.
Mixed metaphors aside, this is an issue Democrats may need to take a second look at. As a few folks mentioned on social media, this is actually a victory of sorts. Most of us can agree this move on the part of Republicans would not have happened were it not for the Moral Monday protests and the threat of teacher walkouts that followed. But like most GOP initiatives, the plan itself is seriously flawed and will leave a majority of teachers holding nothing. So, what do we do? If we reject it outright, we're also losing the opportunity to claim it as a victory. If we support it, we're giving both legitimacy and our tacit approval to a flawed and politically-motivated move by the GOP. What say you?
Submitted by Stephanie Goslen on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 9:08am
I am fighting mad. The party I came to know and love is being attacked. I am not referring to the attacks on the Chairman of the party, but, that is implied, I am not referring to the attacks on the grassroots but, that can be implied as well. I am referring to the view I have of the party and how I am angry that good people get pulled down in order for the “corporate democrats” to hold on to power. As a child growing up in my family, my mom did all she could to raise us to be good strong democrats. We helped her to campaign nationally and locally, we helped with precinct meetings, and we were encouraged to be involved, we even were pages. Mom would often talk around the kitchen table of her friend, the state party chair Barbara Allen. And I did not fully understand all that was being done in the name of the party at the time, but, what I gleaned from these conversations and activities was generally warm and peaceful.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 2:48pm
On CBS News this morning, Bob Scheiffer interviewed Deputy Assistant Governor about the storms in the state, challening him on his previous statement that climate change "was in God's hands". McCrory insisted his was misquoted and went on to say:
“But I will say this, that I feel that there has always been climate change. The debate is really how much is really man made, and how much will it cost to have any impact on climate change.”
Our editorial last Sunday praised the Moral March in Raleigh as an effort by engaged citizens to show that there is broad and deep discontent. That brought a letter from a reader that is distinctive for its sweep and its summary of the raw conservative grievances against those protesting.
Gay rights? I personally don’t condone homosexuality, I guess due to my Baptist upbringing. I do oppose same-sex marriage. I think the decline in morals will be the downfall of our country. I am entitled to my belief as much as all these protesters. What [annoys] people like me is that these protesters act as though I have to like and condone their views. I can’t be entitled to my view anymore.
Both you and Ned Barnett need to understand something: your opinion about how somebody else should live their life is not at the same level as that person's right to live their life as they see fit. Same-sex marriage has no impact on your life, no matter how many demons your twisted mind might create. And as for the author himself, you need a lesson in false equivalency:
My wife was digging through old family letters when she came across a newspaper clipping that had been saved by her mother, Florence Delano Brown. The clipping reported an event at the city auditorium in Lakeland, Florida, on February 25, 1942. The speaker at the event was Helen Keller.
Ms. Keller had much to say, and I will share more of her remarks later, but one specific comment caught my attention. It is a marvelous quotation I have not seen reported on any website or in any book.
"I feel that God has appointed teachers architects of American democracy."
These days it seems that our so-called leaders see teachers as pack-mules for narrow-minded political agendas, or worse. Would that they shared Ms. Keller's inspiring view of the role of public educators.
Video inspection of a second, 36-inch pipe shows “it has the potential by configuration to release ash material in a way similar to the 48-inch conduit,” a state dam-safety engineer wrote Duke on Friday afternoon. Steven McEvoy, a state dam safety engineer, wrote Duke that videos of the reinforced concrete pipe’s interior showed it was laid in four-foot sections with numerous joints.
McEvoy noted water was dripping through a number of those joints. In three places the flow was under pressure, forming what the engineer called “water jets.” He also saw ponding water inside the pipe. One joint near the pipe’s outfall to the river had separated, he wrote.
Once this situation is resolved, hopefully without another spill, these video inspections need to be done on all coal ash ponds across the state. And the ones where riverkeepers have reported contamination from leaks need to be at the top of that list.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 11:08am
The News and Observer has a cover story on estimates of the numbers of protestors at the recent Moral March on Raleigh.
Peter Anlyan, a consultant who produced an estimate for the orgnizers, put the number at 70,000 to 80,000. Anlyan goes into detail about how he "guesstimated" the crowd, checking with Raleigh police about turnout and capacity for the area for other events, like First Night on Fayetteville Street.
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 10:29am
Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat its mistakes:
The NC NAACP filed an Amicus Brief Wednesday in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s new private-school voucher program. The brief gives a history of the role private-school vouchers have played in maintaining racially segregated schools in North Carolina.
This Report and the Pearsall Plan were adopted by the General Assembly in 1956. Governor Luther Hudges told the legislators at the opening of the session that “the people of North Carolina expect their General Assembly and their Governor to do everything legally possible to prevent their children from being forced to attend mixed schools against their wishes.” Governor’s Address to the General Assembly, July 23, 1956, 10 Senate Journal.
Regardless of the Republicans' stated motives in creating a dual school system, the end result is a separation of students and their learning potentials and the dilution of resources we as taxpayers set aside for the education of NC's children. And once these institutions are in place, the unfairness lingers:
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