Board of Education member wants to teach that America is Great

And we can thank Myers Park Pat for this jewel in the crown:

Several months ago in our discussion about standards, I made a comment from the table about the foundation of our social studies curriculum being anchored in the thought and the premise that America is a great nation.

I really think that a document or a statement underlining that fact that our teachers teaching in the public schools should be making every effort to help our students understand our history as it impacts the socioeconomics, diversity, economic development and future development of this country. It’s important that we undergird that with the idea that we live in a tremendously prosperous land.

One in five school-age children in NC go hungry, and Amy (Bannister) White knows this because she runs a food pantry:

Thursday News: Newtonian obstruction

NC SENATE COMMITTEE VOTES TO REJECT COOPER NOMINEE TO RUN DEQ: A state Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject the nomination of Dionne Delli-Gatti, Gov. Roy Cooper’s nominee to head the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. The vote represents the first time the Senate has moved not to confirm a cabinet-level secretary since the process was created following Cooper’s victory in 2016. Sen. Paul Newton, a Cabarrus County Republican who made the motion to deny Delli-Gatti’s appointment, said his decision was tied to Delli-Gatti’s “failure to articulate” the Cooper administration’s stance on natural gas or the MVP Southgate pipeline during an April confirmation hearing. Senate Republicans did not give Delli-Gatti a chance to speak during Wednesday’s meeting. Sen. Phil Berger, the Senate leader, said he expects the full Senate to vote on Delli-Gatti’s nomination Thursday.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article251840953.html

Truly a lost cause: Bring them all down

Vance monument in Asheville is no more:

A 75-foot memorial to a Confederate leader has been removed from its perch in downtown Asheville where it stood for more than 120 years. WLOS-TV in Asheville reports that the stone obelisk was fully dismantled over the Memorial Day weekend.

The monument memorialized Confederate colonel and governor Zebulon Vance. It is one of many Confederate statues and memorials that have been torn down across the South in the last year amid protests for racial justice.

Vance wasn't just a Confederate officer, he was racist to his very core:

Wednesday News: Not-so-bright ideas

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REPUBLICAN "SIGNING BONUS" PLAN RUNS INTO FEDERAL ROADBLOCK: The proposal would pay $1,500 to someone who takes a job within 30 days, or $800 if the person is hired within 60 days. Lawmakers' original plan was to use federal pandemic unemployment funds to pay for the bonuses, but federal law does not allow those funds to be used as bonuses. Congress would have to take action to allow states more flexibility in how the federal funds can be used. The extended federal unemployment benefits will expire September 6th. But summer tourism season is already underway, and restaurants and hotels are struggling to find enough staff to serve the public. Edwards says the bonuses could help. Congressman Ted Budd (R-NC13) has proposed a bill that would replace the extended pandemic unemployment benefits - currently worth $300 a week - with a $900 federal back-to-work bonus. He called the extended benefits a "stay home bonus."
https://www.wral.com/state-senate-lawmakers-pass-back-to-work-bonuses-but-federal-law-blocks-them/19...

Tuesday News: "Person Three"

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UNIDENTIFIED NC MAN WAS A COORDINATOR FOR OATH KEEPERS JAN 6: On Friday, the same day a grand jury approved the new indictment, Department of Justice prosecutors were describing in court filings what else they've learned about the group's so-called Quick Reaction Force, an effort to allegedly bring guns to a Northern Virginia Comfort Inn as backup for the siege. The Friday filing described whom prosecutors believe to be the organizer of the QRF, a person from North Carolina identified as "Person Three." The anonymized name means the person may not be arrested and charged at this time -- and Person Three is not among the four new charged defendants. Previously, prosecutors had described how the Oath Keepers gathered and stashed weapons at the Comfort Inn, and how defendant Thomas Caldwell of Virginia allegedly had floated an idea of ferrying weapons across the Potomac River to assist with the Capitol siege.
https://www.wral.com/court-filings-nc-man-who-was-a-part-of-the-oath-keepers-organized-quick-reactio...

Tuesday Twitter roundup

As I commented elsewhere, this should be a no-brainer. The UNC BOG coughed up $2.5 million to a handful of Confederate nutters to "settle" a lawsuit that had not even been filed yet. Making this right won't cost the Trustees a dime.

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