Letter to the Editor
TO THE EDITOR: The N.C. General Assembly, with Gov. McCrory’s help, has done one thing well recently — propose and pass terrible legislation. In just a few months, they covered many conservative bases by repealing the Racial Justice Act, increasing abortion restrictions, loosening gun laws and proposing a voter ID bill. Now, the legislature is hitting North Carolinians with a more mundane sucker punch: a “flattened” tax code. The House and Senate compromise plan eliminates the established personal income tax structure in favor of a more regressive rate, reduces the rate on corporate income to a mere 3 percent by 2017 and eliminates important tax credits for low- and middle-income families. These kinds of changes are commonly referred to as “flattening the tax code.” It sounds nice — flatten taxes to make everything fairer. However, in reality, “flattening the tax code” means making rich people pay less and poor people pay more.
Congress’ failure on student loans is symptomatic of a deeper problem with the prioritization of higher education and investment in infrastructure. And the disagreement over loan interest rates only draws attention to one of many facets of the student loan issue.
If you are a North Carolinian and you’re not furious right now, then you must not be paying attention. Our prestige and reputation as the progressive “Beacon of the South” are under attack – and it’s making (embarrassing) international news. This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a human rights issue.
Almost every day there are reports in various media of sexual violence. This problem seems ever-present, and UNC is still struggling to address it.
Arguments in favor of merit-based admissions ignore the realities experienced by, well, people who are not represented by those who determine the standards for “merit” in higher education.
This past weekend, UNC hosted a summer course at the College of Arts and Sciences, listed under “Programs in the Humanities and Human Values,” regarding Jane Austen — “Pride & Prejudice at 200.”
I was strolling down Franklin Street the other day. As I passed the courthouse, a homeless man said, “Spare change.”
Sarah-Kathryn Bryan’s May 30 letter was a great response to the continued attacks on the funding of education in our state and our nation.
Last week’s editorial characterizing Moral Monday as “an extreme leftist reaction” was completely wrongheaded. Protestors are defending policies that served our state well for decades — some for longer than our lifetimes. That makes them moderates or conservatives, not extremists.