For a Valentine’s Day newspaper, there were several outstanding enterprise stories on the front pages of N.C. newspapers today.
Asheville: The Citizen-Times has a scary – but excellent – story about incompetent, possibly criminal, teachers being able to move from state to state without much oversight. “The patchwork system of laws and regulations, combined with inconsistent execution and flawed information sharing between states and school districts, fails to keep teachers with histories of serious misconduct out of classrooms. In reviewing states, the USA TODAY NETWORK handed North Carolina an F, ranking it among the worst states in the country for screening teachers.”
Charlotte: The Observer tells a story as old as time, yet some people continue to act as if it is appropriate. “Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested blacks found with less than a half-ounce of marijuana at about three times the rate of whites, or 28 percent of the time compared to 10 percent.” Sadly, the police chief has declined to discuss the disparity.
Durham: When Thom Goolsby was a state legislator, he called the protests known as Moral Monday “Moron Monday.” Then he had to stop working as an investment adviser after his practice came under investigation for defrauding investors. For that, he was appointed to the UNC Board of Governors. Now he wants the board to be even more controlled by the legislature. Because, I guess, he doesn’t think that board members can think for themselves? Hard to say because the Herald-Sun has a pay wall. Still, it makes you wonder if he thinks the board he’s on is made up of puppets.
Greensboro: The News & Record tells the story of a killer who is colder than is outside this morning (17 degrees). Writer Nancy McLaughlin describes his eyes as “dark and vacant” and her telling of the story shows it. Horrifying.
Raleigh: Ten years ago, the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup. Now, the Carolina who? The N&O reminds us how fickle fans can be with a piece on the lack of interest in the state’s only NHL franchise. (True. I’m a bandwagon fan, only when they are in the playoffs.)