Last week, I wrote about the declining number of news stories on the front pages of North Carolina newspapers. The News & Observer and the Charlotte Observer — both owned by the same company — routinely have two stories on their Sunday fronts now. This morning the N&O mocks me by publishing only one story on its front. (OK, they likely don’t even read this blog.)
Raleigh: But it’s a humdinger by Mandy Locke. It is the first of a four-part series on the state Labor Department’s
inability indifference passivity in representing workers who are trying to get paid by their employers. The N&O “reviewed reports from nearly 50 cases in fiscal year 2014 that resulted in little or no money for workers. If a company owner pleaded poverty or refused to pay, state investigators nearly always gave up, If the employers simply ignored them, the department closed the case.”
A breath-taking dereliction of duty.
Greensboro: The Civil Rights Museum represents a nationally historic moment in time and should be honored as such. And I’m glad the mayor and city manager have done the heavy lifting in trying to get the museum on the path to solvency. (Oh, did I say solvency? I guess we need to take everyone’s word for that.) But I continue to be stunned by the museum board’s stubborn refusal of even a breath of transparency in its actions. “Despite that infusion of the public’s money, neither Deena Hayes-Greene, museum board chairwoman, nor John Swaine, the executive director, will answer basic questions from the public about debt, fundraising or long-term plans for the museum’s survival.”
A breath-taking dereliction of community goodwill.
Winston-Salem: Have a question for your doctor that he or she can likely answer quickly in an email? Expect to pay a fee at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I can’t say that it’s wrong because email takes time and why should the patient pay. It is an interesting evolution of telemedicine.
Shelby: So let’s end with the Star’s story about a Bible study group that serves beer because, why not?