COVID-19 Health Opinion Out and About Quarantine Restaurant Rutherford County

Editorial: Gratitude for Friends during this Quarantine

Perhaps I have always been a loner and a hermit. Those attributes got me through engineering school and religion graduate studies. One’s focus doesn’t waver much when living in books and always seeking truth. Studying the world’s religions has taught me to seek understanding instead of condemnation. I’ve found truth was not always where I […]

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Government Officials Engage in Illicit Actions Enriching Themselves at Costs to the Community

In comments made in response to the most recent article by RC Catalyst regarding actions facilitated by the Judicial Council, former Superior Court Judge Laura “Suzy” Bridges implicated a number of local officials in engaging in actions expressly prohibited by North Carolina State ethics laws. THE CREATION OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE As previously reported, […]

COVID-19 Government Health Opinion Out and About Politics

The 2020 General Assembly in a nutshell: profits over people

By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, NC Spin It’s never safe to predict what the current leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly will do when it comes to scheduling gatherings in Raleigh, but if the end of the 2020 legislative session really is nigh at it appears, the past several weeks will have served […]

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Heir Art Pope now on UNC Board of Governors

Sometimes, you have to wonder how Art Pope — a wealthy heir to a chain of lower rung retail stores and North Carolina’s preeminent funder of conservative political causes — lets it be known to the leaders of the political party he’s long helped underwrite that he’s ready for a new gig. Does he drop […]

COVID-19 Health Letter to the Editor Opinion Quarantine

Protected Or Imprisoned?…..(The Hidden Victims Of Covid-19)

  June 25, 2020 Lonely, afraid and relying on strangers who due to staffing and coronavirus concerns have very little time to spend with you individually to provide food and comfort. You lie in the bed or sit in the chair and stare at the wall. Where are the people who say they love you? […]

Government Opinion

Why Juneteenth Matters

  June 19, 2020 On Sept. 22, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Order which became effective Jan. 1, 1863. This in itself did not end slavery as the Congress had to pass a constitutional amendment. The 13th Constitutional Amendment that abolished the institution of slavery in the United States did not […]

COVID-19 Health Medicaid News Opinion Politics

Report: NC’s failure to expand Medicaid constitutes “violence against the poor”

By NC Policy Watch Staff [Editor’s note: A new “must read” report from the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund provides what is perhaps the most damning assessment yet of North Carolina’s failure to follow the lead of dozens of other states by expanding Medicaid under the terms of the Affordable Care Act. The following summary/introduction […]

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Karen Powell, FHD Director: Duties and Powers of Enforcement for Covid-19

May 21,2020 In my on-going informational series about Foothills Health District today I want to focus on who our health director is and what her duties are, as well as answer a few questions that had been sent to me concerning the recent incident in Spindale with Carolina Cafe.  To do this I referenced NC […]

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Who Are “The Guardians”  (Foothills Health District)

  May 19,2020 In late January of this year it was acknowledged that Covid-19 entered our country. The nation suddenly found itself in the grip of a pandemic. The government turned to national health experts across the country to help, they in time turned to State health officials who then turned to local health department […]

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“Between A Rock And A Hard Place” (Carolina Cafe vs Governor Cooper’s Executive Order)

May 16, 2020 Thursday we had an issue where a small business, Carolina Cafe in Spindale, opened up to inside diners in violation of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 118 “Limiting Operations of Restaurants and Bars…..”  The owners (Mike Spina and Linda Fortner)  posted on Facebook  that they were going to open for inside dining using […]