Thank you to our local hospitals combatting COVID-19

Dear Editor,

Despite the difficulties that COVID-19 brought to North Carolina, our local hospitals rose to the challenge to help those in need, and save countless lives. Whether patients were treated for coronavirus or a routine medical need, local hospitals continued to provide quality care.

Thursday News: Virgil, quick come see...


LEE STATUE IN RICHMOND BROUGHT DOWN, CUT INTO PIECES: One of America’s largest monuments to the Confederacy, the equestrian statue was lifted down to the ground just before 9 a.m., after a construction worker who strapped harnesses around Lee and his horse lifted his arms in the air and counted down, “Three, two, one!” to jubilant shouts from a crowd of hundreds. A work crew then began cutting it into pieces. “This was a long time coming, part of the healing process so Virginia can move forward and be a welcoming state with inclusiveness and diversity,” said Gov. Ralph Northam, who was there to witness the event. The Democrat said it represents “more than 400 years of history that we should not be proud of,” and congratulated Virginians for supporting its removal. Not only was he a failure, he was a traitor as well. Good riddance.

Wednesday News: Tell Gerry what you think


PUBLIC HEARINGS COMMENCE ON REDISTRICTING PROCESS: Wednesday: Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, 6 p.m. Sept. 14: Forsyth Technical Community College, 4 p.m. Sept. 14: Elizabeth City State University, 5 p.m. Sept. 15: Nash Community College, 5 p.m. Sept. 15: Durham Technical Community College, 6 p.m. Sept. 16: Pitt Community College, 3 p.m. Sept. 16: Alamance Community College, 5 p.m. Sept. 21: Western Carolina University, 5 p.m. Sept. 22: Central Piedmont Community College, 3 p.m. Sept. 23: Mitchell Community College (Iredell County campus), 3 p.m. Sept. 28: UNC-Pembroke, 4 p.m. Sept. 29: UNC-Wilmington, 5 p.m. Sept. 30: Fayetteville Technical Community College, 6 p.m. Those who can’t make it in person can go online to the legislature’s redistricting page and leave a written comment instead.

Medical Professionals Need Our Support Now More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally affected every single North Carolinian, whether through the loss of a loved one, jobs disappearing, or getting sick themselves. The health and well-being of medical professionals in our community have also taken a significant toll, yet their struggle has gone unnoticed as they cared for patients on the frontlines at the height of the pandemic.

The Pullman Strike of 1894

You can only push people so far before they explode:

George Pullman responded to the depression much like many of his contemporaries. At first he cut back his workforce by three-quarters. But widespread layoffs threatened both profits and the paternalism on which his town had been founded. In 1894, he began taking contracts at a loss—overproduction. This enabled Pullman to rehire many workers, so that by April 1894, 68 percent of the old workforce was employed again. But the only way to compensate was by cutting piece-rates a drastic 28 percent on average. Moreover, because Pullman remained committed to a return on investment in the homes he had built for his workers, he refused to reduce the rents he charged, which were already higher than rents charged elsewhere. The resulting economic hardship was greatly exacerbated by the unpredictability in piece-rates and the grievances against particular foremen.

Bolding mine, because these two specific factors of course clashed, and pushed workers (and their families) into a no-win scenario. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with paying workers based on how much they produce, as long as you don't change the rules when it suits management. But when a day's work is all of a sudden worth 28% less, it is far worse than cutting somebody's "hours" back to 29 instead of 40. Conservatives of today would probably say "just produce more" or some other poorly-crafted observation, as if workers were intentionally holding back. Had Pullman been a little more flexible about the rent, this strike might not have happened:

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


STOP LEGISLATIVE SIDESHOWS, GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AND ADDRESS REAL ISSUES: Why are legislative leaders focused on promoting rumor, inuendo and anonymous accusations in their amateurish Fairness and Accountability in the Classroom for Teachers and Students” task force – rather than making sure every teacher has the resources to deliver quality instruction to every student? This flim-flam has cost North Carolinians dearly. The deception and political slight of hand is neither entertaining nor productive as the legislature starts is third month in overtime. It is not too much to ask, at $50,000-a-day, to have a legislature that finally gets down to business, focuses on the real issues and needs of North Carolina and stops with the inflated rhetoric, side shows and gimmicks. It's Kabuki theatre, plain and simple. Exaggerated gestures and painted-on smiles, and campaigning 24/7/365. Substance just gets in the way.


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