Asheville: Two jobs — law enforcement and teaching — are among the most vital and most difficult. And officers and teachers are terribly underpaid for what they contribute to the nation’s well-being. In Asheville, 31 police officers have resigned, attributable to lack of support and “very vocal” opposition to law enforcement, the Citizen-Times reports. “It’s very simple. The profession has never been widely appreciated. My students were able to handle that. But there is a difference between lack of appreciation and lack of respect and being under fire.”
Raleigh: “Thousands of Triangle residents who owe money on their utility bills could face penalties or lose service altogether this month, as cities take a more aggressive approach to collecting on past-due accounts.” That’s the first sentence in the story by the News & Observer. We’re talking about shutting off water. In a pandemic that has caused double-digit unemployment and death. Water.
Charlotte: The Observer examines whether we should believe the polls this year, given what happened in 2016. “Pollsters are trying to do a better job this year of including the right percentage of working-class voters by giving proper “weight” to education, said Peter Francia, a professor of political science at East Carolina University who directs the ECU Poll — the newest survey in the state, having debuted this Election Year.”