With Martin Luther King Jr. holiday tomorrow (his birth date was Jan. 15), several N.C. front pages had stories about him or civil rights. That’s fine and appropriate and browse them (High Point, Charlotte and Asheville) as you like. I show the front page of the Citizen-Times because I like the design of the story.
Meanwhile, on to a few other front page stories.
Raleigh — The week’s story with the biggest, long-term repercussions for the state was the firing Friday of the president of the UNC system, Tom Ross. Surprising to me, only the News & Observer followed it up with another story today. Everyone — except the Board of Governors — sees the firing as political. No one on the board commented except the chairman who said it wasn’t political. Even the staunchly Republican man who just gave UNC-Chapel Hill $100 million said he thinks Ross is a great leader. Sad performance by the people supposedly looking after the university system.
Fayetteville — As the Raleigh politicians begin to argue – again – about Medicaid in N.C., the Observer dives deeper into to show what happens to people who fall into the gap of coverage. “Denise Johnson works six days a week in the laundry room of a hotel on U.S. 301. The 58-year-old Fayetteville resident doesn’t work enough hours to be considered full-time and doesn’t receive health benefits. Johnson applied for Medicaid at the Department of Social Services, but she was ineligible because she made too much money. Then she tried signing up for subsidized health insurance coverage under Obamacare. Turns out she doesn’t make enough money to qualify for subsidies.” Tough, says, Sen. Phil Berger.
Greensboro — The News & Record has a fine outrage column about court overreach by editorial writer Doug Clark, but I can’t find it on the website. Maybe it will go up later.