Jefferson Post- RSS OPINION Feed Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:25:30 EST 1800 It’s about more than cutting teacher assistants Senate leaders continue to propose cutting teacher assistants as a way to pay for a significant teacher salary bump, the first teachers have seen in years. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Plant the seed for fruitful debate I'm told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Books: Showing us as it once was, is, or could be Why do we read books? Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Our commitment to conservation is permanent As the U.S. population continues to expand over the next several decades, open lands for farming, grazing, fishing, hunting or hiking will become increasingly hard to find. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST North Carolina dreaming Last year North Carolina's conservative Republican legislature got tough. It sharply reduced the duration of unemployment benefits and made them much more difficult to collect. The changes took effect at the start of July, 2013. Their story was... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Obamacare doomed? Don’t bet on it The world was supposed to end in 2012 according to various misinterpretations of Mayan culture. Then, when time kept ticking along into 2013 the doomsday preachers had to recalculate. Recently, there was news that a group called the Sword of God... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Preserving the monuments of a controversial past “You see him and ask: 'Why is the statue still here? What was it he actually stood for?' This is the kind of debate that a public work of art makes possible. We won't change the way people think just by getting rid of a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Serve a different plate As often happens at the North Carolina General Assembly, the new fiscal year has begun with the House and Senate not yet finished with a budget-adjustment bill. Medicaid funding, teacher compensation, and a few other issues continue to divide the two... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ideology holding up budget, not Medicaid It turns out that the disagreement between the House and Senate over the cost of Medicaid next year is not the only thing holding up a final state budget that provides a pay raise for teachers and state employees. Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Separation anxieties The governor of North Carolina is widely acknowledged to be the weakest and least powerful of any in the nation. Gov. Pat McCrory is right in being concerned about possible further erosion of that power. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Celebrating our independence Two hundred and 38 years ago today, the final wording of this nation's Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Dunlap Broadsides — the first printed copies of the declaration — were circulated throughout the 13... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A great generation and a great book title “It turned out to be a hell-of-a book title.”Tom Brokaw, former NBC News anchor and productive author, was talking, with his usual modesty, about “The Greatest Generation.” Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST NC Republicans popular Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP-led state legislature are at odds over the budget, Medicaid reform, Common Core, and other issues. Conservatives are disappointed with the McCrory administration's continued defense of corporate incentives. Senators... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST The 2014 Legislative Summer Olympics N.C. Senator Jerry Tillman says getting accurate Medicaid budget numbers is like trying to nail Jell-O© to a tree. His statement, both accurate and amusing, doesn't reflect this week's entertainment in Raleigh. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Attacks on EITC are off base During a recent state House Finance Committee debate, Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County made wildly false claims about the state Earned Income Tax Credit to convince his colleagues to vote down a proposed amendment that would have restored the tax... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘Saving Texas’ and forgetting about Scotland How does Harry Potter feel about the hotly-contested proposal to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Economy boosts GOP prospects Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP-led state legislature are at odds over the budget, Medicaid reform, Common Core, and other issues. Conservatives are disappointed with the McCrory administration's continued defense of corporate incentives. Senators... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST You Decide: Is small the new big? As a culture, we have often celebrated bigness. The biggest fish caught, the biggest skyscraper built or even the biggest ball of twine wound (I think it's around 12 feet in diameter) will all get our attention. It's probably related to an... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST The money is fungible All our lives we've heard aphorisms about money. Truisms like, “the love of money is the root of all evil,” “a penny saved is a penny earned,” “a fool and his money are soon parted,” and “you can't... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Government spending remains high Fiscal conservatives think government is too large, costs too much, and tries to do too much. Fiscal liberals think government is too small, spends too little, and doesn't try to do enough. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST