Raleigh: First ,the UNC Board of Governors tries to kill a university center that it thinks is too liberal. Next, members are discussing the need to establish a conservative center for diversity of thought. (Diversity as it is generally known – skin color – they don’t much care about.) Bear in mind that just last month conservative Sebastian Gorka spoke without incident at UNC. “We are trying to address a problem that seems to be endemic in higher education all across the United States in that the universities seem to be moving toward a mono-culture,” Knott said in briefing a board committee last month. “There’s a lack of diversity in viewpoint, intellectual viewpoint.” I wonder how much time the BOG members who are interested in this have spent on campus, given that they’re passing judgment on what happens there.
Raleigh: The N&O also writes about how religious freedom has gone too far. OK, that’s my conclusion based on how simple it is to get a religious exemption to avoid a state-required vaccination to enroll children in kindergarten. “The statement doesn’t need to be prepared by an attorney, signed by a religious leader or notarized. No form is needed. The statement doesn’t go to the state for review or approval. Alan Phillips, an Asheville-area lawyer who counsels parents all over the nation on how to exempt their children from vaccine requirements, said that, under the N.C. rules, ‘You don’t even have to believe in God.’” Make sense? No.
Carteret County: Time is running out to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Carteret County Times-News puts that on its front page because it’s important to the paper’s readers. It helps, too, because the Trump administration doesn’t want citizens to know of the deadline. “Individuals looking to save, like Ms. Hull, or update their existing coverage, get covered for the first time or the first time in a long time, have just a few days left to do so.”
Greensboro: Life ends in a flash for five people; lives are altered for dozens others as a result. The News & Record reviews the lives of five people killed in a two-car collision in September. One car with three people fleeing the law; the other with two people on their way somewhere. Compelling, sad story.