I worry about the day when daily newspapers go away. I look forward to whatever takes their place telling stories like N.C. newspapers tell today. They’re stories that many people don’t like to see, but good communities force themselves to look at anyway.
Asheville — The Citizen-Times does a good job pulling together the politics and hypocrisy of the state’s refusal of federal Medicaid money. Thank goodness for Aldona Wos fixing the system so that N.C. can accept federal money and provide health coverage to poor and needy, he says sarcastically.
Burlington — For every high profile Janay Palmer (Ray Rice’s wife), there are thousands of lesser known but also beaten victims. The Times News tackles a common story — domestic violence — but one that must be told more often than it is.
Greensboro — More than 4,000 — 4,000! — fire code violations in Guilford County schools. It’ll cost $20 million to fix them. Actually, it would cost $20 million; it should be conditional tense as it’s unlikely the school has the money to address the needs. But don’t worry, we don’t need to pass a quarter-cent tax increase to help schools out.
High Point — The Enterprise starts a four-part series on hunger. Another common story and another that must be told more often than it should. 25 percent of local children go to bed hungry at night. Think about that for a minute. Now think about what government, formed for the safety and welfare of local citizens, is doing about it.
Lenoir — Go beyond the political posturing and BS about magistrates and same-sex marriage, and you get this story from the News Topic. It’s not an easy decision for some, choosing between employment and personal beliefs. So difficult – or fearsome, at least – that the magistrates don’t want their names publicized with their views.
Wilmington — When I was editor, I tried to get a story written about neighborhoods where gunfire at night was routine. My thinking was that no one should have to live that way. Editors at the Star News are better than I. “From the inception of the city’s automated gunfire detection system in December 2011 until Oct. 28, the ShotSpotter system detected 1,280 individual reports of gunshots…. Gunshots ring out on average 1.25 times a night in the city, Wilmington Police Department ShotSpotter statistics indicate.”