Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed http://jeffersonpost.com/section/OPINION http://jeffersonpost.com/section/OPINION Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:23:42 EST 1800 Two more reminders of the damage to public education http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150276110/Two-more-reminders-of-the-damage-to-public-education You have to give folks on the Right credit for one thing this election season. They are going all out to mislead people in North Carolina about the damage done to public education by the General Assembly in the last four years. And they are not... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:01:06 EST Job partnership off to a strong start http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150231478/Job-partnership-off-to-a-strong-start The state's new, private job-recruiting and marketing agency appears to be starting off on the right foot when it comes to transparency. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:01:12 EST Changes won’t decide election http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150231755/Changes-wont-decide-election The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the block on North Carolina's election-law changes for the 2014 campaign. It was a dramatic end to months of dire warnings, raucous debate, and courtroom machinations. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:01:06 EST Voters should do their homework before heading to the polls http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150231889/Voters-should-do-their-homework-before-heading-to-the-polls Not everyone likes to eat their vegetables. Certainly as kids it's rarely fun, but even as we get older there are plenty of us who would be happy to never see a butterbean or broccoli ever again. But that doesn't mean they aren't... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:01:05 EST Questions about Islamic academies raise more red flags about vouchers http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150196942/Questions-about-Islamic-academies-raise-more-red-flags-about-vouchers The more details you hear about the state's startlingly unaccountable private school voucher scheme and the questionable schools now receiving taxpayer money, the more troubling it all seems. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:00:08 EST North Carolina’s three-legged stool http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150207244/North-Carolinas-three-legged-stool Time was political candidates didn't spend all their money and energies telling us what a contemptuous scoundrel their opponent was. Instead, they shared their vision for how we could be better and how they proposed to make it so. I know it is a... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:01:08 EST Spending has diminishing returns http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150196876/Spending-has-diminishing-returns One of my favorite modern historians, the late Rufus Fears at the University of Oklahoma, was fond of saying that “ideas make history.” University of Chicago professor and North Carolina native Richard Weaver expressed a similar view in... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:09 EST We simply must do better http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150145105/We-simply-must-do-better Officials from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will present an alarming report on the educational performance of students with disabilities at today's State Board of Education meeting that calls into question the quality of... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:00:11 EST Court ruling on election law reignites a timely debate http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150145024/Court-ruling-on-election-law-reignites-a-timely-debate The decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend two key parts of the sweeping voter suppression law passed by the 2013 General Assembly may not hold given the leanings of the U.S. Supreme Court, but it does put the issue of voting... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:00:20 EST Good news on taxes http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150144965/Good-news-on-taxes Except when complaining that North Carolina isn't giving enough targeted tax incentives to Hollywood studios, solar-panel manufacturers, and commercial real-estate developers, liberals contend that cutting taxes on business has no effect on... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:01:10 EST Inmate’s death the result of a cascading series of mental health system failures http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150114020/Inmates-death-the-result-of-a-cascading-series-of-mental-health-system-failures There has been a lot of media coverage about the death of Michael Anthony Kerr, an inmate with schizophrenia at Alexander Prison. His personal story is heartrending but sadly familiar. After being in and out of jail, Mr. Kerr was sentenced to prison... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:01:05 EST My response to ‘I can’t help but wonder’ http://jeffersonpost.com/news/letters-opinion/150136751/My-response-to-I-cant-help-but-wonder First of all, contrary to what was stated in a Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 letter to the editor, my opponent Phyllis Critcher has NEVER worked in the Ashe County Register of Deeds office. She also caused hardship on the office by requesting emails from Jan. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:01:03 EST Debate over gun laws http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150130700/Debate-over-gun-laws Sometimes the news of the day begs for a broader discussion of important issues. That happened one day last week on an always polarizing topic. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:01:04 EST Give polls a college try http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150113807/Give-polls-a-college-try The first and only time I ever helped take a political survey was during my undergraduate days at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill back in the 1980s. I was one of many journalism students who made phone calls on behalf of the Carolina... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:01:07 EST A more interesting Senate race, in fiction http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150066038/A-more-interesting-Senate-race-in-fiction While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates' campaign organizations? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:01:04 EST Education debate is not just about the numbers http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150033987/Education-debate-is-not-just-about-the-numbers The propaganda outfits on the right are doing all they can this election season to distort the numbers about the recent cuts to education made by the folks currently in charge in Raleigh. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:01:07 EST Picking news like cherries http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150058200/Picking-news-like-cherries How is North Carolina's economy doing? That is always an important question. During election season, however, it takes on added significance. Fairly or not, voters often hold incumbent politicians responsible for the condition and performance of... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:01:06 EST I can’t help but wonder http://jeffersonpost.com/news/letters/150054202/I-cant-help-but-wonder “Why do we have a net loss every year in the Register of Deeds Office? Why did we go nearly $110,000 in the red last year?”That's a question I've been asking myself. Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:07:17 EST N.C. making strides in voter registration numbers http://jeffersonpost.com/news/opinion/150034129/N.C.-making-strides-in-voter-registration-numbers North Carolina is home to 9.8 million people and more than 6.5 million registered voters. According to the N.C. State Board of Elections, that means approximately 90 percent of eligible citizens are registered to vote in our state. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:00:10 EST Letter to the editor http://jeffersonpost.com/news/letters-opinion/150054792/Letter-to-the-editor On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners will meet to hear a proposal from the Town of Lansing for a loan to help cover the cost of purchasing land to expand the Creeper Trail Park. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:40:05 EST