Sunday sampler

Americans woke up to the news on Saturday morning that Mitt Romney had selected Paul Ryan as his VP choice. They woke up to that news again Sunday morning when their newspapers led their front pages with it. But there are still some good enterprising surprises on the state’s front pages that make them well worth 75 cents.

Raleigh— As a teenager in Raleigh, I was well aware of the presence of Dorothea Dix Hospital, which treated the mentally ill. It’s closing now, and expert fear the closing opens a hole in the state’s safety net even wider. The N&O explains. The remaining Dix patients are being transferred to Central Regional Hospital in Butner, a new facility that critics say doesn’t have nearly enough beds to treat those with the most severe mental illnesses.

Asheville — The Citizen-Times continues to dig into the case of the former Henderson County sheriff, whose “inappropriate behavior while in office and on the job cost Henderson County’s insurance company $90,000 in a payment to a female deputy who had threatened legal action.”
Wilmington — The Star-News tells a riveting story — it starts slowly but give it a chance — of a man whose own family didn’t know he was a POW in WWII. They knew he was a hero — they had seen his medals — but not that he had been in an enemy prison. “We’re talking about over 60 years this man kept this to himself.”
CharlotteThe Observer has a nice piece on the best and the worst of the Olympics. Make sure you read to the end so you can read about his award for “Best Heart.”
Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh — Just for fun, it is worth noting that the News & Record, the Observer and the N&O all have local reaction stories on the selection of Rep. Ryan. The headlines are interesting in what they say. Greensboro: “Local GOP happy with Ryan.” Raleigh: “Ryan pick energizes Republicans, Democrats in North Carolina.” Charlotte: “Paul Ryan draws mixed reviews in N.C.”

One thought on “Sunday sampler

  1. Reporters across the state need to dig into the mental health reform story and explain to people in towns big and small what it means for them. In one rural county, for instance, budget cuts and reduction in available beds at the state level mean that law enforcement often times has a three day wait to transfer a person in crisis from the ER to a proper facility. The wait in this specific area had been reduced to about 24 hours once the last round of reform became manageable. Imagine the pressure on a sheriff or police department budget in having personnel tied up for as much as three days sitting around the ER waiting to transfer custody of a patient. Also due to the latest state budget cuts this rural area has lost another $1.4 million in funding for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This locality is not even in the top 20 in population so imagine the impact across some of our more populated areas. This story needs to go beyond million dollar budget figures to show the impact on people who have real needs for real assistance.

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