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Chart shows what GOP budget blockade is costing North Carolina

Chart shows what GOP budget blockade is costing North Carolina

 By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch  North Carolina Republican lawmakers have been traveling around a good bit of late making claims that Gov. Cooper is somehow preventing a host of essential state services from a being funded by his refusal to sign the draconian budget that they sent to him in June. The truth is just […]

Memo to young Mormons: Vaping is not OK, says LDS Church

Memo to young Mormons: Vaping is not OK, says LDS Church

Jana Riessjanariess, Religion News A couple of years ago I had an interesting conversation with a full-time seminary teacher in Utah who told me that a number of his otherwise faithful students had taken up vaping with e-cigarettes. Since I was researching how young adults are (or are not) keeping the standards of the Word […]

Good People of Rutherford County

Good People of Rutherford County

Another interesting week being out and about in Rutherford County, N.C.  We have a belated shout-out to Peggy Horne at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles office. In spite of the lines, and our needing help to change the title to a vehicle, she remained gracious, patient and professional with us. In fact, the entire group […]

Why we must deflect and debunk hate speech

Why we must deflect and debunk hate speech

People gather at makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) Georgette Bennett, Religion News (RNS) — Until the deadly shootings over the weekend, national headlines had been dominated by attacks denigrating the vibrant and diverse city of Baltimore. […]

More Mail: Rutherfordton Public Meetings should be Made Public

More Mail: Rutherfordton Public Meetings should be Made Public

Aug. 1, 2019 Making changes to public meetings but not informing the public is now the evident tactic being dictated by [Rutherfordton] Town Management and endorsed by Mayor Dancy and incumbent Henry Giles! The code of silence is alive and well for our mushroom Citizens by not keeping us informed! The much publicized and unpopular […]

We Got Mail! Solar energy has drawbacks as well

We Got Mail! Solar energy has drawbacks as well

To the Editor: I read with interest in the print paper of Rutherford County a front page article regarding the terrific merits of solar energy. In my career as an instructor of Environmental Science at the high school and university level, all forms of energy have benefits and drawbacks. Thin film solar technology allows the […]

Legislative hypocrisy on “pork” (and we’re not talking about hog farms)

By Rob Schofield – 7/30/2019 – in Top Story, Weekly Briefing Print This Article Print This Article FacebookTwitterEmail It may seem like ancient history, but there was a time not that long ago in North Carolina in which Republican legislators were out of power and, alongside conservative advocacy groups, passionately promoting a “change” platform that […]

Column: Eating Out and About with Good People

Column: Eating Out and About with Good People

It’s been a very busy week running all over the county and more, but the good news is that we made some fine eating choices to suggest. Ok, for those who didn’t recognize me in my new short hairstyle, I got the best haircut I’ve ever had from my friend and Unique Hairstyles beauty parlor […]

COLUMN: In the IStation saga, Mark Johnson’s failings get a big stage

COLUMN: In the IStation saga, Mark Johnson’s failings get a big stage

By Billy Ball, NC POLICY WATCH If North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson ever fizzled in his lustrous perch in DPI’s corner office, his sharpest critics surmised, he would be failed by his extraordinarily limited bona fides. After all, when it comes to Johnson’s background – two years in a Charlotte classroom via Teach for America, […]

Op-Ed: What People Magazine “Investigates: Cults” Failed To Say About Word of Faith Fellowship

Op-Ed: What People Magazine “Investigates: Cults” Failed To Say About Word of Faith Fellowship

By Butch Maltby, Member, Word of Faith Fellowship, Spindale, NC We live in a nation where lying is sadly accepted, exaggeration assumed and readers and television viewers often love to be shocked—even if the content is clearly distorted or even fabricated.  A magazine article this week featured a dramatic story retelling of a set of allegations from […]

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