Sunday sampler

Charlotte: Ever since I watched my parents’ health decline, I’ve thought that America treats its dying pets better than its dying people. So the Observer’s story about a man who killed his ill wife and now charged with murder fascinated me. They apparently loved each other. He has dementia; she had cancer. He has been charged with murder. And, as the Observer asks, was it murder or a mercy killing?

Raleigh: It is a shame that the people who want Mexicans to leave the country don’t show more mercy to those here working in the fields so that Americans have food to eat and cigarettes to smoke. The News & Observer takes a look at the children — children! — working the fields, often illegally. “But despite the adjustments, advocacy groups and farmworkers say few changes have trickled down and underage children are still working. Anti-child labor organizations say that working in agriculture poses health and safety risks for children, but many farmers grew up working on their parents’ farmers and argue that farming ingrains the value of hard work from an early age. “’Thousands of people grew up working on farms. My children did it,’” said Larry Wooten, president of the N.C. Farm Bureau. “’Farm work is hard, it’s hot, it’s nasty and it’s outside. They (immigrant workers) come here knowing that it is work.’”

Asheville: Many Airbnb’s in Asheville are illegal? “Currently, Asheville law only permits residents to rent two rooms in their homes at a time. The property being rented must also be in a residential zoning district. Potential renters must also be present at the home during the rental and obtain a permit from the city. The city refers to these types of rentals as homestays.”

Greensboro: If you want to know how cold-hearted our elected officials can be when it comes to the state’s most vulnerable, read the News & Record’s story about the state budget wiping out some funding for Legal Aid. (Of course, no one seems to know how it was inserted into the budget because darkness nurtures evil.) “That means several hundred people per year who need legal assistance won’t be getting it,” said Southern Piedmont director Kenneth Schorr. “People who are in danger of losing their safety and security.”

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