Sunday sampler

Greensboro: The International Civil Rights Museum has been controversial from Day One. Controversial not for its mission or the history it represents but for its founders and its finances. So it is a pleasure to read in the News & Record that it is on stable financial footing. “Harris, a former college professor who works with Swaine to plan ongoing programs, said the International Civil Rights Center represents more to the city than a tourist attraction, though that is a key attribute. ‘A city that has good race relations is good for business,’ he said. ‘This is a place that has a history of progress and you’re not coming to some backward place.’”

Winston-Salem: The Journal has a good story about efforts to attack the opioid problem in Surry County by using the active church community. It seemed a natural fit and interest was high, initially. “Eight months and six meetings later, a call to action directed at the county’s vast faith community, has gone largely unanswered. Corralling people from many faiths and backgrounds to turn words into action proved more difficult than Willis anticipated.”

Morehead City: I own a house at the beach, and I see the beach erosion after every big storm. But the cost of beach renourishment is breath-taking, according to the Carteret News-Times. “Since 2001, Carteret County, state and federal governments have spent $144,153,979 to nourish the tourist-magnet beaches on Bogue Banks, from The Point at the western tip of Emerald Isle at Bogue Inlet to the eastern tip of Atlantic Beach.”

Lenoir: Add Caldwell County to the growing list of counties considering or passing a resolution declaring the county a Second Amendment sanctuary, according to the News-Topic. Because as long as our elected officials are spending time on meaningless activities they won’t do things like pass laws that actually matter. Meanwhile, the News & Record explains why such resolutions are unneeded.

Asheville: I understand that children learn in different ways, but I’m skeptical of this trend of unschooling as illustrated by the Citizen-Times. Unschooling is exactly what it sounds like: Children learn by doing stuff — not classrooms, curriculum or assignments.  “Neither girl can read, which is of little concern to their mother. In fact, the ages when students learn to read is largely insignificant to unschooling supporters. An inability to read, even by the ages of 8 or 9, isn’t a cause to panic to most unschooling parents. ‘They’re learning from real life applications, skills that are more important earlier on,’ Loidolt said of her daughters.”