Sunday sampler, Easter edition

Most of the state’s front pages feature an Easter story or Easter theme. Because the stories are pretty much the same by tradition, I’m going to let you find those on your own, with one exception:

Greensboro — The News & Record features an article about what Jesus would be doing if he were living today. But the more unique content comes inside — unfortunately not promoted well from the front page — in which the paper has asked area clergy to assume the roles of the 12 disciples at the Last Supper and write about who they are and how they got there. Fascinating stuff. The paper also has a write-through on the antics of Chase Burns, the Oklahoma sweepstakes exec who contributed mucho dinero to N.C. politicians, but I can’t find it online.

Charlotte — Last week, I suggested that journalists look at the forest in Raleigh in addition to the individual trees. My point was that the politicians are introducing all sorts of legislation that will turn back the clock. The Observer’s story on how the GOP in the General Assembly is meddling (my word) in the affairs of local governments across the state is one version of what I’m talking about. Naturally, the Jeffersonian idea of “the government closest to the people serves the people best” doesn’t seem to apply here, for some reason.

Raleigh — The N&O pretty much takes apart the idea that teacher tenure means that teachers can’t be fired. Not that that is going to stop the state legislature from doing away with it and further exacerbate the hiring of teachers in the state. (In case you missed it, North Carolina is ranked 46th lowest in the nation for teacher salaries.) Don’t forget, children are our future.

A final note: Not sure how long I’ll be able to continue this. As more papers put up paywalls, I slam into the maximum free views quickly. We’ll see.

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